Ten years after dying from a drug overdose a courtroom later dominated involuntary manslaughter, Michael Jackson is again within the information due to Leaving Neverland.
The documentary is about two males, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, each of whom accuse Michael of sexual abuse as youngsters. The Jackson Estate condemned the movie as a “tabloid character assassination,” however despite authorized threats from the property’s attorneys, HBO nonetheless intends to point out the four-hour documentary, which premiered on the Sundance Film Festival.
In reality, it now seems that HBO is prioritizing the movie.
When Jackson died on June 25, 2009, rankings proved that more than 31 million people watched stay TV protection of his funeral, greater than anybody besides Princess Diana. In the wake of his dying, Michael Jackson: This Is It, comprised of rehearsal footage of a deliberate live performance tour the singer’s dying preemptively ended, grossed greater than $260 million in opposition to a $60 million price range, exhibiting there was nonetheless curiosity in him.
Even in the present day, Jackson’s music has by no means gone away. However, HBO and Sundance have given the allegations of kid abuse and pedophilia a second listening to within the wake of the Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein intercourse scandals and the rise of #MeToo.
Jackson’s first bout with the legislation occurred in 1993 when Evan Chandler, father of then-13-year-old Jordan Chandler, accused him of inappropriately touching his son.
Despite being cleared of all counts with no trial, Jackson did go to trial in 2005, two years after Martin Bashir’s now-infamous Living With Michael Jackson TV particular, for the alleged sexual abuse of most cancers survivor Gavin Arvizo. Jackson was acquitted, and one of many witnesses for the protection was Wade Robson.
Howard Weitzman, lawyer for the Jackson Estate, stated in a letter that Robson and Safechuck have been “two admitted perjurers“, thus harming their credibility and by proxy that of HBO’s documentary.
HBO stands by the movie and plans to air it in two elements on March three and four.