Two Entertainment Lawyers Slam Dan Reed's 'Leaving Neverland' as a "Form of Racism"

Shortly after the start of the New Year, the Sundance Film Festival added a last-minute addition to its lineup.

Leaving Neverland, a documentary by Dan Reed, highlights the story of two Michael Jackson victims – Wade Robson and James Safechuck, both now in their 30s – who describe in detail how the ‘King of Pop’ sexually molested them as children.

It took many years for both men – who have previously denied under oath Jackson had molested them – to come to terms with what happened.

Lambasting the screening, the Michael Jackson estate wrote,

Wade Robson and James Safechuck have both testified under oath that Michael never did anything inappropriate toward them.  This so-called ‘documentary’ is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations.

Fighting back against the estate’s claims, Reed went on a highly-publicized press tour to defend Leaving Neverland.

Stating he isn’t an “opportunist,” the director said,

I don’t comment on Jackson.  It’s not a film about Michael.  The film itself is an account of sexual abuse, how sexual abuse happens, and then how the consequences play out later in life.

Yet, while the late singer’s estate prepared to sue Reed, Leaving Neverland, audiences had a completely different reaction.  The documentary left people “completely shellshocked,” and offered a “devastatingly powerful and convincing testimony that Michael Jackson was guilty of child sexual abuse.”  According to Variety, Leaving Neverland reveals the pop singer’s manner of death “counts as an unconscious act of self-destruction.  It may be the one true expression of the guilt he couldn’t let himself feel.”

Now, the Jackson estate has fired back against Reed once more.

Has Leaving Neverland fanned the flames of “racism” against Michael Jackson?

At a Tuesday night panel titled ‘Truth Be Told? Documentary Films Today,’ hosted by both the UCLA School of Law Ziffren Center and USC Annenberg School for Communications, two entertainment attorneys – John Branca and Howard Weitzman – slammed Reed’s documentary as one-sided.

Describing himself as an “impartial observer,” Branca said,

Testimony is presented as fact.  No other side is presented.  [Dan Reed] even said he had no interest in talking to anybody else.

Weitzman agreed.

The idea of offering fair and balanced views doesn’t play in the media business today.  The only true reality TV where the outcome is unknown is a sporting event.

Both Branca and Weitzman represent the Michael Jackson estate.

Branca said documentaries today, especially Reed’s Leaving Neverland, no longer consider the U.S. Constitution.

The purpose of the First Amendment is supposedly getting at the truth, but the lack of defamation protection for an individual no longer living isn’t helpful in that regard.

If copyright protection is life plus 75 years, there’s no reason a defamation suit shouldn’t be life plus 20, 30, or even 40 years.

Lambasting the media’s one-sided depiction of Jackson as a predator, while ignoring the personal histories of other major music icons, he added,

I was a big fan of Elvis Presley [before he dated Priscilla when she was 14].  John Lennon beat his first wife, but he wrote ‘Imagine,’ so we deify him.

Now we’re about to hear stories about Martin Luther King, Jr.  Does their personal life make it impossible to enjoy their artistry?

Stating the media has chosen to paint the pop singer in a negative light, Branca concluded (emphasis mine),

It’s like what James Baldwin once wrote (about how) Michael Jackson will forever pay the price for being as successful as he was.  There’s a large segment of the press that doesn’t care whether Michael is innocent or guilty because it’s not controversial enough.  In the end, I really believe it’s a form of racism.

 


 

Fans Infuriated After Quincy Jones Abandons Michael Jackson-Themed Concert

Earlier this year, Quincy Jones announced a surprise concert for Michael Jackson fans.

At his upcoming performance at London’s O2 Arena, an orchestra would perform three of the hit albums Jones co-produced with Jackson – Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad.

Jones, who closely collaborated with Jackson in the 80s, would also reveal unseen footage of each album for the audience.  He would conduct the orchestra along with Jules Buckey.

Now, following the airing of the controversial documentary Leaving Neverland, Jones has apparently backed away from performing all three albums.

Quincy Jones moves away from Michael Jackson.  Publicly, at least.

Shortly before tickets on sale in February, Jones advertised the June 23rd event as a world exclusive concert.

A flyer sent out to fans read,

Quincy Jones Presents: Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad.

Three iconic albums performed back-to-back with live symphony orchestra.

Hosted and introduced live by Quincy Jones.  Plus, brand new film of Quincy talking about the making of the albums.

And very special guests artists performing live!  Conducted by Jules Buckley & Quincy Jones.”

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A new flyer recently sent out for the event has removed all references to Michael Jackson.  Shifting away from his relationship with the iconic pop singer, Jones has now dubbed the event Quincy Jones Presents Soundtrack of the 80s: Iconic Sounds & Defining Albums.

Jones will still perform works from Michael Jackson’s albums.  Posted on Twitter, however, the flyer now actively promotes other works from the decade.

Jones wrote,

LONDON…Who’s comin’ to do the hang-thang?! /(^o^)/

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The move has infuriated the late pop singer’s fans.  Demanding refunds, most have accused Jones of false advertising.

One fan wrote,

@seetickets.  Hello.  Due to false advertising, I want a refund to tickets for the Quincy Jones concert June 23 @ O2 Arena.  Bought in February, Ticketmaster [is] already refunding.

Others say they didn’t purchase tickets to see Jones perform other works from the 80s; only Michael Jackson’s albums.

Hi…I bought tickets for ‘Q Presents Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad, the iconic albums performed back-to-back.  Now the show has altered to a potpourri of 80s songs.  Not what I paid for.”

Jones has yet to issue an explanation for the sudden concert change.

 


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HBO Fires Back against the Jackson Estate, Asking Judge to Deny Leaving Neverland Arbitration Request

Last February, the Michael Jackson estate made good on its promise and a $100 million civil lawsuit against HBO.

The cable network’s decision to air the controversial Leaving Neverland documentary had apparently violated a non-disparagement agreement.

In 1992, HBO had agreed to never disparage the singer in exchange for exclusive footage from Jackson’s Dangerous World Tour.

The late pop singer’s family claims Dan Reed’s Leaving Neverland remains based on false accusations.  In fact, both of Jackson’s accusers – Wade Robson and James Safechuck – have previously claimed he never molested them.

The estate’s lawsuit against HBO eventually shifted to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Aiming to push the case back to state court, Jackson’s family had asked a California federal judge to send the lawsuit back to arbitration.

Citing the Federal Arbitration Act, the estate had strongly pushed for arbitration,

Apparently, HBO was happy to rely on the fact that deceased persons cannot sue for defamation, and thus saw no need to comply with any sort of journalistic ethics at all.

Unlike HBO, the estate isn’t interested in playing games and wants a real process to expose HBO’s lack of journalistic integrity.

But a serious issue soon emerged – under current United States law, a deceased person can’t sue for defamation.  Neither can that person’s estate.

Maintaining Jackson’s innocence, his family called the documentary “lies.”  The petition further slammed Robson and Safechuck as “admitted perjurers.”

Michael Jackson can never be silenced.  His music and artistry live, as does his innocence.

They will long outlast false claims, gossip, and allegations spread by those who seek to make money off him.

Now, HBO has fired back.

Federal court works for HBO, not the Jackson Estate.

Fighting back against the family’s motion to send the lawsuit back to a state court, an HBO spokesperson said a federal court remains the “appropriate place” for the case.

The cable network called request to arbitrate the breach of contract claims “as poorly conceived as the claims themselves.”

There are no remaining rights to enforce under the expired 1992 agreement.  [E]ven if any enforceable rights still exist in that agreement, the claims petitions attempt to make here are not arbitrable, and enforcing the agreement as petitioners seek to do in this situation would violate HBO’s constitutional rights and numerous public policies.

The network’s lawyers, Daniel M. Petrocelli and Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., added the lawsuit “appears to be part of a transparent effort to bolster their publicity campaign against the documentary.”  Both have asked Judge George H. Wu to deny the family’s request for arbitration.

Following the request, the Michael Jackson estate quickly responded.

The estate’s lawyer, Bryan J. Freedman, said in a statement,

HBO’s opposition clearly shows that they’re afraid to have this matter adjudicated because it will expose the falsity of the documentary.”

According to John Branca, a longtime lawyer for Michael Jackson who now serves as an executor for the estate, Leaving Neverland has had a significant financial impact on the estate’s business.

At a Harvard Law School discussion about the family’s decision to take on Dan Reed, Branca admitted,

Because the laws of defamation are what they are, there is nothing we can do or say.  I’m going to suggest the law should be changed to protect the deceased at least for a period of time.

 


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The Jackson Estate Hits Back at HBO and Leaving Neverland's Dan Reed

Will the Michael Jackson estate follow through on its threat to sue Leaving Neverland producer/director Dan Reed?

In late February, the Michael Jackson estate made good on its promise.

The late King of Pop’s family HBO for $100 million at Los Angeles Superior Court.

With the cable network’s decision to air the controversial Leaving Neverland documentary, HBO apparently violated a 1992 non-disparagement agreement.  The late pop singer’s family claims the documentary is based on false accusations.

In addition, Jackson’s accusers – two men who have previously claimed he never molested them – have a financial motive to lie about the abuse.

Now, the Jackson family has asked a judge for arbitration.

The war against HBO and Dan Reed heats up.

In the documentary Leaving Neverland, director/producer Dan Reed investigates how the late pop singer reportedly started a relationship with two young boys – aged 7 and 10 – along with their families.  At the peak of his fame, the two men – Wade Robson and James Safechuck – claim that the King of Pop sexually abused them multiple times.

Soon after, HBO and the UK’s Channel 4 picked up the rights to air the controversial four-hour documentary.

The lawsuit eventually shifted to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Aiming to push the case back to state court, Jackson’s estate asked a California federal judge on Monday to send the lawsuit to arbitration.

As stated earlier, in 1992, HBO had agreed to never disparage the singer in exchange for exclusive footage from Jackson’s Dangerous World Tour.

Citing the Federal Arbitration Act, the estate has strongly pushed for arbitration,

Apparently, HBO was happy to rely on the fact that deceased persons cannot sue for defamation, and thus saw no need to comply with any sort of journalistic ethics at all.

Unlike HBO, the estate is not interested in playing games and wants a real process to expose HBO’s lack of journalistic integrity.”

Maintaining Jackson’s innocence, his family called the documentary “lies.”  The petition further slammed Robson and Safechuck as “admitted perjurers.”

Michael Jackson can never be silenced.  His music and artistry live, as does his innocence.

They will long outlast false claims, gossip, and allegations spread by those who seek to make money off him.

Fighting back against the motion to return the case to Los Angeles Superior Court, an HBO spokesperson said a federal court remains the “appropriate place” for the case.

Separately, speaking about the fallout in a new interview, Michael Jackson estate co-executor John Branca said he has considered suing Dan Reed.

Those people made up a goddamn story because they wanted money and we will not allow that to go unchecked – it’s that simple.

[Reed’s] documentary is replete with inaccuracies, lies, and stuff they knew not to be true.  They should be ashamed of themselves”.

He added the laws surrounding defamation should change.

Because the laws of defamation are what they are, there is nothing we can do or say.  The man can be damaged, his kids can be hurt and theoretically, nothing can be done.

“I’m going to suggest the law should be changed to protect the deceased at least for a period of time.  Because it’s about the truth, it’s about fairness, and it’s about balance.

 


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Michael Jackson's Nephew Launches GoFundMe Page to Produce New Documentary Protecting His Uncle

The pro-Michael Jackson documentary petition remains well, well short of its fundraising goal.

In Leaving Neverland, two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck share their experience with Jackson as children.

In the explosive documentary, both men, now in their 30s, say the late king of pop sexually assaulted them.

Following the full airing of the controversial two-part documentary, three major Montreal stations have stopped playing Jackson’s music.  Two major radio stations in New Zealand have since followed suit – MediaWorks and NZME.

Discussing the impact his documentary has had around the world, Leaving Neverland Director Dan Reed proudly boasted,

[The] lie that Jackson perpetrated while he was alive that he was a great defender and supporter of children – and the ferocity with which his business associates and his family have defended him – means that his fall will be that much harder.

As expected, the controversial documentary has received sharp criticism from the Jackson estate.  Denouncing Leaving Neverland through multiple written statements, the Jackson family has filed a $100 million defamatory lawsuit against HBO.

Now, one Jackson member has fought back against the claims.  And, he’s asked the public for help.

#SaveMichaelJackson?

In a new interview, Taj Jackson, the 45-year-old son of Tito Jackson, revealed his plans to save his uncle Michael from the fallout of Leaving Neverland.

I’m a fighter, especially when I know I’m right.

So, to counter the negative press and clear Michael Jackson’s name, Taj will create his own documentary series.

I knew I had to be someone out in front fighting for my uncle.

To get started, he set up a GoFundMe page.  The Untitled Michael Jackson Series petition remains well short of its $770,000 goal, currently having raised $114,763.

The GoFundMe page first launched on January 25th, 2019.

Speaking directly to his uncle’s fans, Taj urges,

MJ fam – here we are in 2019, the 10-year anniversary of my Uncle’s passing.  We all knew this would be a difficult year for so many of us worldwide.

Instead of being able to mourn and properly celebrate and honor Michael Jackson, we are, again, being forced to educate the media and the general public with the evidence-based truth about him.

Taking a swipe at Leaving Neverland, he continues,

Once again, we have to defend Michael Jackson’s name and legacy from vicious and calculated lies.  We can no longer sit back and wait for the ‘right thing’ to be reported or for someone else to step in and champion our cause.

This is on us – fans, friends and family.  I know that the unanimous acquittals and the FBI’s 10-year investigation (resulting in my Uncle’s complete exoneration) should have been enough.

“The worst thing we can do is let this continued slander go unchallenged.”

Taj explains Dan Reed had never approached him nor the Jackson estate during the production of his documentary.

Taj adds he participated in over 200 sleepovers and never saw nor suspected any kind of sexual misconduct.  Dismissing Robson and Safechuck’s allegations, he explains they remain only interested in making money.

There should not have been 45 minutes of them gloating about Michael in Leaving Neverland.  That’s not how you feel when you’re abused.  There’s no admiration.

Taj, himself a victim of sexual abuse, said the unproven documentary’s ‘tone’ completely infuriated him.

[Robson and Safechuck] just have a platform now and they have a movement that they’re utilizing – a movement where we believe the victims no matter what.

“I can’t go with that.  I agree with listening to everyone, but I don’t blindly believe anyone because that’s a dangerous place to be.

You can view the GoFundMe page here.

 


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Sony Signed a 7-Year $250 Million Distribution Deal for Michael Jackson's Recordings Last Year

Thanks to Leaving Neverland, Sony Music could now stand to lose out big-time for distributing Michael Jackson’s recordings.

The Leaving Neverland fallout continues for the late Michael Jackson.

In the controversial documentary, Wade Robson and James Safechuck share their expertise with Jackson as kids.  The documentary premiered in January on the Sundance Film Festival and has since acquired sharp criticism from the Jackson property. Denouncing the documentary by means of a number of written statements, the Jackson household has filed a $100 million lawsuit towards HBO.

Following the complete airing of the controversial two-part documentary, three main Montreal stations have stopped playing Jackson’s music.  Two main radio stations have since followed suit in New Zealand – MediaWorks and NZME.

Taking a impartial stance on the choice to tug Jackson’s music from rotation, Leon Wratt, Content Director at MediaWorks defined,

We aren’t deciding whether or not Michael Jackson is responsible of pedophilia.  We’re simply ensuring our radio stations are going to play the music individuals wish to hear.

An NZME rep added,

NZME station playlists change from week to week, and proper now, Michael Jackson doesn’t function on them.

Seemingly gloating over the impact his unproven documentary has had world wide, Leaving Neverland Director Dan Reed stated,

[The] lie that Jackson perpetrated whereas he was alive that he was a terrific defender and supporter of youngsters – and the ferocity with which his enterprise associates and his household have defended him – imply that his fall will likely be that a lot tougher.

Reed has one motive to brag.  Leaving Neverland drew in HBO’s third-largest documentary in a decade.  The movie had a median of 1.11 million viewers. 2015’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief drew in 1.7 million viewers. 2016’s Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds had 1.6 million.

In addition, due to the fallout, one main label could now discover it troublesome to revenue from its cope with the Jackson property.

Will the Leaving Neverland impact damage Sony’s backside line?

According to a new report, Sony Music entered right into a $250 million distribution deal final 12 months.  The main music label will distribute Michael Jackson’s recordings world wide.  The deal lasts for seven years.

Leaving Neverland’s airing has now made that distribution deal ‘dangerous’ for Sony.  According to a number of music executives, the documentary may have a harmful impact on gross sales, streaming, and business makes use of of Jackson’s music in addition to associated merchandise and tickets to occasions.

Yet, Dan Reed could have overstated the antagonistic impact he had hoped for with the airing of Leaving Neverland.

Ticket resellers Vivid Sales now claims searches for Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson-based present in Las Vegas have jumped 60% following Leaving Neverland’s airing.  In addition, streaming figures from Spotify and Apple Music could present a robust enhance for Jackson’s songs.

Since the airing, Jackson’s property has tried to mitigate the harm.  On the day of Leaving Neverland’s premiere, the property uploaded official Jackson live performance movies on YouTube.  The first two-hour live performance movie has over 400,000 views.  On Monday evening, the property launched Jackson’s 1988 live performance at Wembley Stadium.

Yet, the Michael Jackson property could not have the ability to totally comprise the harm.

An upcoming Jackson-centered Broadway musical, Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, had its pre-Broadway run canceled final month.  Producers blamed an actor’s strike for the cancellation, not the documentary.

 


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Leaving Neverland Screening Leaves Audiences 'Shellshocked' and Michael Jackson Family 'Furious'

Despite sexual abuse documentary, individuals at Sundance simply can’t get sufficient of Michael Jackson.

Several weeks in the past, introduced a last-minute addition.

Leaving Neverland would make its world premiere, centering round sexual abuse allegations in opposition to Michael Jackson.

The documentary describes how the late pop singer reportedly began a relationship with two younger boys – aged 7 and 10 – together with their households.  He had performed this “on the peak of his fame.”  Both victims, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, now of their 30s, spoke out in opposition to Jackson, claiming he had sexually abused them.  It allegedly took them a few years to return to phrases with what had occurred.

Lambasting the screening, the Michael Jackson property wrote,

Wade Robson and James Safechuck have each testified beneath oath that Michael by no means did something inappropriate towards them.  This so-called ‘documentary’ is simply one other rehash of dated and discredited allegations.

Maintaining the late pop star’s innocence, the property says that Jackson maintained friendships — and nothing extra.

That didn’t appear to matter a lot to the movie’s producers, administrators, and different media corporations.   shortly signed on to distribute the movie internationally following its Sundance screening.  HBO and the UK’s Channel four will respectively air the two-part four-hour documentary this spring.

Now, the documentary has made its world premiere.  And, the primary opinions are in.

According to Rolling Stone, the unproven documentary left the Sundance viewers “fully shellshocked.”

According to Variety, the documentary presents a “devastatingly highly effective and convincing testimony that Michael Jackson was responsible of kid sexual abuse.”  In truth, the way of his dying “counts as an unconscious act of self-destruction.  It will be the one true expression of the guilt he couldn’t let himself really feel.”

Despite this, instantly after the airing, organizers ‘blasted’ Michael Jackson music at official Sundance events and different occasions.

A lounge sponsored by Acura, for instance, performed ‘Billie Jean.’  At Tao, an area nightclub, DJ Vice performed a five-song mashup which included ‘Rock With You’ and ‘The Way You Make Me Feel.’

This prompted one person to criticize Tao and different locations enjoying Michael Jackson music.

“Yesterday, I examine Michael Jackson raping kids and as we speak I used to be in a retailer when considered one of his songs began enjoying.  I felt bodily unwell.  Stations ought to take him out of rotation.  His artwork is now related along with his perversions and crimes.  #HesBadHesBad.”

Yet, the criticism in opposition to Jackson’s music on social media stays restricted, at finest.

The documentary has additionally left the Michael Jackson estate fuming.

Furious on the ‘renewed consideration’ of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the property wrote,

Michael all the time turned the opposite cheek, and we have now all the time turned the opposite cheek when individuals have gone after members of our household – that’s the Jackson approach.  But we will’t simply stand by whereas this public lynching goes on … Michael shouldn’t be right here to defend himself, in any other case these allegations wouldn’t have been made.

The late pop singer’s household wrote that regardless of a shock 2005 raid at his house in Neverland Ranch, a jury finally acquitted Jackson of kid sexual abuse.

In that trial, Robson testified he had slept in Jackson’s room ‘many occasions.’  Yet, the late King of Pop had by no means molested him.  Speaking with investigators, Safechuck made related statements about his relationship with Jackson as a boy.

Calling the lads ‘perjurers,’ the household acknowledged it’s ‘livid’ concerning the media’s dealing with of the film.

[The’ve chosen] to consider the phrase of two admitted liars over the phrase of lots of of households and mates around the globe who frolicked with Michael.

Stating the ‘reality and proof’ are on their aspect, the Jackson property concluded,

We are pleased with what Michael Jackson stands for.

 


 

Kew Media Picks Up International Distribution Rights to Controversial Michael Jackson Documentary

Despite fan outrage, the Sundance Film Festival will nonetheless display the controversial Michael Jackson documentary.

Following the profitable airing of six-part docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, the Sundance Film Festival all of the sudden added a brand new world premiere.

Produced and directed by Dan Reed, Leaving Neverland facilities round sexual abuse allegations in opposition to the late King of Pop.

Two victims, now of their 30s, will describe their alleged relationship with Michael Jackson.  James Safechuck and Wade Robson declare that once they had been younger boys aged 10 and seven, respectively, the late pop singer began a relationship with them and their households.  Then, as soon as he had gained their belief, the King of Pop sexually molested them.  It allegedly took them a few years for each to return to phrases with what occurred.

Speaking out in opposition to the airing of the controversial documentary, the Michael Jackson property stated,

This is yet one more lurid manufacturing in an outrageous and pathetic try to use and money in on Michael Jackson.

Wade Robson and James Safechuck have each testified underneath oath that Michael by no means did something inappropriate towards them.  This so-called ‘documentary’ is simply one other rehash of dated and discredited allegations.

Maintaining the late pop star’s innocence, the property might have some extent.

Speaking on the podcast Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum, Macaulay Culkin described his shut relationship with Jackson as “so regular and mundane.”

It’s virtually straightforward to attempt to say it was ‘bizarre’ or no matter, however it wasn’t, as a result of it made sense.  It’s considered one of my friendships that folks query, solely due to the truth that he was essentially the most well-known individual on the planet.

The youngster star additionally added Jackson “needed to verify I wasn’t alone.”

The movie competition has not too long ago deal with adamant fan protests to drag the documentary.

It has come to our consideration that a few of you could have acquired messages or social media posts from Michael Jackson followers who would really like us to drag the screening of Leaving Neverland.

“Sundance Institute helps artists in enabling them to totally inform daring, unbiased tales, tales on subjects which may be provocative or difficult.

“We stay up for audiences on the Festival seeing these movies and judging the work for themselves, and discussing it afterwards.

Now, the documentary will air internationally, due to a brand new deal.

According to a new report, Kew Media Distribution has secured the worldwide distribution rights – besides within the UK and the US – to the two-part documentary.

The documentary options interviews with the sufferer’s moms, wives, and siblings.  Leaving Neverland reportedly paints a portrait of “sustained abuse” and explores “the sophisticated emotions” each males had.

Speaking on the choice to air the documentary worldwide, Jonathan Ford, Executive Vice President of Sales at Kew Media, defined the corporate stays devoted to “offering robust and emotive programming to Kew Media Distribution’s roster of purchasers all over the world.”

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival will begin on January 24th.  HBO and Channel four will air the two-part documentary this spring.

 


 

Kanye West On R. Kelly & Michael Jackson: "We Can Still Enjoy The Art"

In 2018, Kanye West was attacked constantly for his political opinions. Near the top the 12 months, he appeared to distance himself from Donald Trump earlier than altering his thoughts, praising the present President the United States on Twitter once more. He’s all the time been a controversial topic in his profession however he lately took time to touch upon different artists which are at present beneath fireplace throughout his “Sunday Service” efficiency.

It was introduced lately that Kanye could be performing gospel renditions his songs as half his “Sunday Service” collection, which he got here via with yesterday. The service was live-streamed by Ye’s mother-in-law, Kris Jenner, with songs like “Lift Yourself,” “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” and others being reimagined. As reported by OnSmash, the recording artist spoke about all of the unfavorable press R. Kelly and Michael Jackson have been getting for his or her respective documentaries. West shunned sharing an excessive amount of his opinion concerning the matter, conserving issues temporary and saying that regardless of what’s being claimed within the documentaries, we will nonetheless “benefit from the artwork” that has been offered by individuals like Kelly and MJ. Of course, R. Kelly is at present a significant supply controversy whereas an upcoming movie concerning the accusations made in opposition to Michael Jackson will likely be aired sooner or later.

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French Montana Clarifies R. Kelly Comments: "My Heart Is With The Victims"

Most just lately, nearly anyone who has determined to talk out about something associated to R. Kelly has needed to watch their tongue, and with good motive. Among these celebrities who’ve fered up their opinions on the allegations introduced up towards the disgraced singer in gentle the Surviving R. Kelly collection was French Montana.

The New York rapper discovered himself in sizzling water after fering a reasonably nonchalant viewpoint on the topic, telling TMZ, “Whatever occurred, occurred,” and stating that Kelly must be allowed to “take pleasure in” his legacy.

“People] do not let no person have their legendary moments,” French advised the outlet when prompted. “Let R. Kelly] have his legacy. Let someone take pleasure in their legacy,

Naturally, the comment was not taken properly because it was perceived to be giving a go to R. Kelly. Frenchy quickly took to Twitter to clear the air and tried to expound on what precisely he meant, regardless that his new assertion appears to be in opposition to his earlier phrases.

“Let me be clear. My coronary heart is with the victims,” he tweeted out on Sunday (January 13th). “I by no means thought the individuals I regarded as much as as a child, who sang and danced and gave me hope to grow to be a celebrity, would grow to be drug addicts, baby molestorssic] and rapists. I hope we as a tradition create higher leaders. We want them.”

In his TMZ interview, French additionally drew comparability from R. Kelly to Michael Jackson, referencing the late singer’s baby molestation allegations. “All the greats went down like that,” he mentioned.

He’s hardly the primary particular person to make the comparability, with Boosie BadAzz even stirring the pot himself when he expressed that he hopes everybody “retains that identical power” when the HBO-financed Leaving Neverland documentary premieres. The movie is alleged to chronicle the allegations introduced up towards Jackson, however has been met with backlash with opposition mentioning the truth that Jackson’s accusers testified beneath oath that their accusations had been fabricated. 

 

Boosie On Michael Jackson Doc: "Keep That Same Energy Y'all Had For R. Kelly"

In the midst the frenzy surrounding the Surviving R. Kelly sequence, it was revealed new documentary, Leaving Neverland, is ready to doc allegations sexual abuse in opposition to youngsters introduced up in opposition to Michael Jackson throughout the late singer’s lifetime. The movie is ready to premiere on the Sundance Film Festival and has drawn criticism from followers and Jackson’s property alike who accuse filmmakers making an attempt to capitalize f claims that have been disproved.

While many have come ahead, making an attempt to attract some line between Jackson and R. Kelly, rapper Boosie BadAzz has determined that Jackson’s allegations should be examined by others with the identical scrutiny as R. Kelly’s.

“Let’s see what the world has to say this time,” Boosie penned in an Instagram caption. “KEEP THAT SAME ENERGY YALL HAD FOR RKELLY.”

Naturally, Booise’s feedback have drawn the ire Michael Jackson’s supporters, with many citing the truth that two males, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, beforehand testified underneath oath that their tales sexual abuse have been false. It shouldn’t be made clear whether or not or not Robson and Safechuck can be featured within the movie.

“This is one more lurid manufacturing in an outrageous and pathetic try to take advantage of and money in on Michael Jackson,” a press release from the Jackson Estate reads. “This so referred to as ‘documentary’ is simply one other rehash dated and discredited allegations …] It’s baffling why any credible filmmaker would contain himself with this mission.”

Sundance Will Screen a Documentary Examining Michael Jackson's Alleged Child Molestation

Another documentary will look at Michael Jackson’s alleged sexual molestation of two kids, ten years after his tragic passing.

Alongside Lifetime’s profitable airing of six-part docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, one other controversial documentary can also be effervescent.

Now, the Sundance Film Festival has added the world premiere of that documentary to its lineup.

Ne-Yo Says R. Kelly & Michael Jackson Cannot Be Compared: "We Got Proof"

Every day one other movie star or music business act comes ahead to share their opinion on the appalling revelations amid Lifetime’s Survivng R. Kelly documentary. Just lately Lady Gaga apologized for her earlier collaboration with R. Kelly on the tune “Do What U Want (With My Body).”

“As a sufferer sexual assault myself, I made each the tune and the video at a darkish time in my life, my intention was to create one thing extraordinarily defiant and provocative as a result of I used to be offended and nonetheless hadn’t processed the trauma that had occurred in my very own life,” she wrote. 

The newest to share their opinion on the documentary is Ne-Yo who says the “Ignition” singer can’t be in comparison with Michael Jackson since there’s infinite professional Kelly’s horrible acts in comparison with MJ. 

“There have been no videotapes Michael Jackson peeing on little ladies or little boys,” Ne-Yo advised TMZ, as seen within the video blow. “There as no plain professional that Michael Jackson did any that stuff, really lots the those who got here ahead and stated that he the did that stuff, got here ahead after he died and stated it did not actually occur. That they have been simply attempting to get some cash.”

He added how Micahel Jackon shouldn’t be muted as a result of it was all allegations the place with R. Kelly, “we obtained professional.”  

Lil Wayne Recalls Wearing His Grandma's Wig To Dress Up As Michael Jackson

Lil Wayne precipitated a stir in late 2018 when he selected Kobe Bryant over Michael Jackson and mentioned that he’d sleep with Nicki Minaj over Rihanna. Following the launch “The Bumbu Room,” Weezy returns with episode two the place he discusses his choice automobiles, his love for Michael Jackson, and the nation with the most effective strippers.

Lil Wayne Recalls Wearing His Grandma's Wig To Dress Up As Michael Jackson
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Lil Wayne does not must suppose twice for those who ever ask him who he prefers extra: Michael Jackson or Prince. The “Uproar” rapper defined how his grandmother Mercedes would enable him to rock her wigs whereas he donned a white sock on his hand, pretending to be the King Of Pop.

“I am a Michael Jackson type man, man,” Wayne aspect whereas lighting his blunt. “I dressed up as Michael once I was a child, “I threw a sock on one hand and pretended it was a glove.”

“My grandmother] would let me placed on her wigs and I might simply come up entrance with that one sock and that wig on and we about to Michael Jackson this entire evening on,” he added.

Weezy additionally mentioned his preferences luxurious autos between Beamers, Benz’ or Bentleys. The rapper acknowledged that Benz was his first decide simply because his grandmother’s title. He defined how Baby purchased him a BMW Z3 after he simply bought himself a droptop Benz. Overall, Bentley sits in final place for Wayne just because the primary one he bought shut down on him on the daquiri store. 

Peep episode two “The Bumbu Room” with Lil Wayne beneath.

Michael Jackson's Estate Slams Sexual Abuse Film Premiering At Sundance

Exposing celebrities for his or her heinous sexual exploits is not a brand new factor. Michael Jackson was famously accused molesting younger boys for years, and all of it culminated in a trial that was extremely publicized. 2019 marks the ten yr anniversary the demise Jackson, and a brand new documentary that reexamines some his alleged circumstances sexual abuse will likely be touching down on the Sundance Film Festival. According to TMZ, the Jackson Estate is lower than thrilled with the creation and promotion this new documentary. Entitled Leaving Netherland, the documentary will spotlight alleged victims Jackson. 

Michael Jackson's Estate Slams Sexual Abuse Film Premiering At Sundance
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The Jackson Estate despatched an announcement to TMZ, which declared, “This is yet one more lurid manufacturing in an outrageous and pathetic try to use and money in on Michael Jackson.” The property continued on to say the, “so-called documentary is simply one other rehash dated and discredited allegations. It’s baffling why any credible filmmaker would contain himself with this mission.” Although the names the alleged victims have but to be launched, the property believes the documentary will spotlight Wade Robson and James Safechuck. The Jackson Estate made certain to remind these maintaining with the newest scandal that “each testified beneath oath that Michael by no means did something inappropriate towards them.”