Billboard Magazine reports:
Michael Jackson’s estate sharply denounced Leaving Neverland Friday night (Jan. 25), calling it “the kind of tabloid character assassination Michael Jackson endured in life, and now in death.”
A statement released by Jackson’s estate calls the men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, “two perjurers”— a reference to sworn statements the men gave when Jackson was alive that he had not abused them. The men leveled their abuse allegations after Jackson’s death.
The pair’s stories are the basis for Leaving Neverland, a four-hour documentary that will air later this year on HBO and earned a somber standing ovation after its premiere at Sundance.
Feel sick to my stomach after watching Part 1 of #LeavingNeverland doc. Michael Jackson witnesses/sex abuse victims coming off very credible. It’s so sexually explicit that counselors are in the lobby. #SundanceFilmFestival2019
— Mara Reinstein (@MaraReinstein) January 25, 2019
Sundance Film Review: ‘Leaving Neverland’ https://t.co/ScdYtl1UMP
— Variety (@Variety) January 26, 2019