The shocking first trailer for a new documentary about Michael Jackson has landed.
‘Leaving Neverland’ details past allegations of child sexual abuse made against the late singer – focusing on accusations made by choreographer Wade Robson and computer programmer James Safechuck.
The documentary, which is four hours long, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival recently, and viewers described the film as seriously “disturbing” and “upsetting”.
Ahead of the film airing on TV, HBO have released a trailer for the documentary online, which features snippets of an interview with Wade Robson.
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Before the film’s release, the Jackson Estate issued a statement calling it “another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson.”
The statement continued, “This so-called ‘documentary’ is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations. It’s baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project.”
Leaving Neverland is due to air in two parts on Channel 4 on March 6 and March 7.
Lawyers acting on behalf of the Jackson estate reportedly sent a letter to Channel 4 warning that the film violates the network’s programming guidelines – but the channel has denied this allegation.