The estate of Michael Jackson has issued a statement on the film "Leaving Neverland," which premiered on Friday morning (January 25) in Sundance. The documentary was shown in Park City, Utah's Egyptian Theater. The Estate issued its statement about 12 hours after the movie debut. It was about what it means: "The kind of murder of tabloids that Michael Jackson endured in life and now in death".
Dan Reed's film follows two prosecutors, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, as they describe intense and graphic acts, saying that Jackson has perpetrated against them, as well as those they claim the Pop icon trained, to commit him. Robson met Jackson at the age of 5 through a dance contest, claiming sexual abuse began at the age of seven. Safechuck was cast in a Pepsi commercial with Jackson at the age of 8, and the alleged abuse began after months of close friendship.
Jackson consistently and completely denied any misconduct during his lifetime, saying he would never hurt a child. As an adult, Robson was one of Jackson's most trusted defenders alongside Macauley Culkin and Corey Feldman. Jackson died in June 2009.
Read below the statement of the estate in its entirety:
"Leaving Neverland" is not a documentary, it's the kind of tabloid murder Michael Jackson had to endure in life and now in death. The film takes unconfirmed allegations allegedly made 20 years ago and treats them as fact. These claims formed the basis for actions brought by these two admitted liars, who were eventually dismissed by a judge. The two prosecutors testified under oath that these events never took place. They have provided no independent evidence and absolutely no evidence in support of their allegations, which means that the entire film depends solely on the word of two people.
Telling, the director admitted at the Sundance Film Festival He limited his interviews only to these prosecutors and their families. He consciously abstained from interviewing numerous people who spent time with Michael Jackson and clearly stated that he treated children with respect and did nothing to them. By deciding not to include any of those independent voices that could challenge the narrative he wanted to sell, the director neglected the factual test so that he could create a narrative that was so obviously one-sided that viewers would never have a well-balanced portrait to come close.
For 20 years, Wade Robson denounced in court and in numerous interviews, including after the death of Michael, that he was a victim and stated that he was responsible for everything Michael had done for him, grateful. His family benefited until Michael's death from Michael's kindness, generosity and career support. Conveniently, Leaving Neverland dismissed the fact that when Robson was denied a role in a staging of Cirque du Soleil with Michael Jackson, his accusations of aggression suddenly came up.
We are extremely sympathetic to any lawful victim Child abuse This film, however, does these victims a disservice. Because, despite all the insincere denials that it's not money, it's always been money – millions of dollars – going back to 2013, when Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the same law firm, share their unsuccessful claims against Michael's claims Estate Now that Michael is no longer here to defend himself, Robson, Safechuck, and their lawyers are continuing their efforts to raise awareness and payday fouling him with the same accusations a jury found innocent during his lifetime.
– The estate of Michael Jackson