Michael Jackson's Alleged Child Sexual Abuse Is the Subject of a New Documentary

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A new documentary promising an unflinching examination of Michael Jackson’s child sex abuse allegations will premiere at Sundance this year.

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Titled Leaving Neverland—a reference to the pop star’s infamous Neverland Ranch—the film will tell the story of two of Jackson’s alleged victims, both of whom have yet to be identified. “At the height of his stardom, Michael Jackson began long-running relationships with two boys, aged 7 and 10, and their families,” says the doc’s synopsis. “Now in their 30s, they tell the story of how they were sexually abused by Jackson, and how they came to terms with it years later.”

Rolling Stone points out that a photo posted on director and producer Dan Reed’s Amos Pictures site shows Jackson with Wade Robson, who in 2013 filed a lawsuit claiming Jackson molested him when he was 7 years old. Predictably, Jackson’s estate is not happy. From Rolling Stone:

“This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson,” a rep for the estate said. “Wade Robson and James Safechuck [who was Jackson’s companion as a child and sued Jackson’s estate over sexual abuse claims] have both testified under oath that Michael never did anything inappropriate toward them. Safechuck and Robson, the latter a self-proclaimed ‘master of deception,’ filed lawsuits against Michael’s estate, asking for millions of dollars. Both lawsuits were dismissed. 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.”

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Jackson was accused of child molestation in 2003, but was acquitted on all 14 counts in 2005. He paid more than $20 million in settlements to his accusers.

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I am so down the middle about it, I remember him hanging out with all those famous child stars and thinking it was so very weird, but literally none of them said anything happened. Corey Feldman is a huge advocate for victims of childhood abuse and would be the first one to step up and say something- and he’s said nothing happened. I remember the trial.....the families that sued Jackson—the motivation/timing and facts behind their lawsuits was always odd. The police went through Neverland and other places with a fine tooth comb but never found any evidence (photos, videos and such) that normally you would find if someone was as much of a serial pedophile as people claim Jackson was. And believe me at the time of his trial, he was a superstar, and had his hardcore fans, but it wasn’t like there was this mass public outcry that he was innocent. He had exhibited so much odd behavior from the public’s standpoint (hanging out with kids, the monkey, odd interviews, the skin lightening, the surgeries, the wigs, the odd publicity stuff, the stories after stories of just the bizarre stuff he was rumored to be doing, ect) that no one would have been shocked if he had been convicted. This wasn’t a case of “OMG this CAN’T BE TRUE!”. If there had any way to convict him it I’m convinced it would have happened.

Jackson was horribly abused himself so it wouldn’t surprise me if we find out he was just a really, really odd guy with probably a lot of untreated mental issues because of it, but unfortunately it wouldn’t shock me to find out he perhaps was an abuser either. (It’s a terrible continuous circle of violence. Conversation for another thread I guess.)

Maybe a new investigation will bring new things to light?