before the debut of Leaving Neverland, a documentary that examines abuse claims against Michael Jackson. His estate answered when he described the film as a "boulevard assassination attempt". (Danny Moloshok / Invision / AP)
A documentary examining the abuses of two men against Michael Jackson was described by the deceased pop star's estate as a "boulevard" character assassination.
"Leaving Neverland" made its debut on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, a four-hour film exposing allegations of sexual abuse by Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Jackson's estate has referred to Robson, now 36, and Safechuck, 40, as "known liars" and "perjurers," saying the film pities "legitimate" victims of child abuse.
"Neverland to leave is not a documentary The murder of the tabloid Michael Jackson was endured in life and now in death," begins her statement, the deadline Hollywood had received. "The film starts with unconfirmed allegations allegedly made 20 years ago and treats them as facts, which were the basis for complaints filed by these two licensed liars, who were eventually rejected by a judge Prosecutors testified under oath that these events never took place. They have not presented any independent evidence and absolutely no evidence in support of their allegations, which means that the entire film depends solely on the word of two victims. "
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Robson and Safechuck reportedly met with Jackson when, according to Vanity Fair, they were very young. Both the boys and their families have been very close to the singer over the years. During this time, they claimed to have had sexual relations with the legendary musician at the age of 7 and 1
0, and did not realize that they were abusive until they became fathers later in life.
Robson and Safechuck both joined forces to defend Jackson during his 1993 child abuse trial, but they changed their attitudes when suing Jackson's ownership in 2013 and 2014, confirming the existence and breadth of the alleged Abuse. Both cases were dismissed by a judge on the basis of a limitation period.
Robson reappeared in defense of Jackson in 2003, when the King of Pop had charged seven child molesters and two lawsuits administering an intoxicant for committing a crime. However, Safechuck did not do that, something he claims to have ended his relationship with Jackson.
Jackson's estate claims that Robson's support of the pop star in 1993 and 2003 would undermine the credibility of his allegations of abuse, alleging that he had only claimed the claims against Jackson when he appeared for a role on a show with Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil was handed over. They assume that the allegations against Jackson are always money.
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"For 20 years, Wade Robson has been in court and in numerous interviews, including after the death of Michael, denying that he was a victim and declaring that he was responsible for everything Michael had done for him , was grateful, "the statement continued. "His family benefited from Michael's kindness, generosity, and career support to Michael's death, favored by 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
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although it was always about money – millions of dollars – from 2013, As Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who share the same law firm, asserted their unsuccessful claims against Michael's Estate, "he continued.
"Now Michael is no longer here to defend himself, Robson, Safechuck and their lawyers are continuing their efforts to raise awareness and payday by smearing him with the same allegations that a jury found innocent when he did The Es Tate also argues that the director of "Leaving Neverland" focused solely on Jackson's prosecutor and offered no platform for others to defend the "Billie Jean" singer.
"Leaving Neverland" made its Sundance Film Festival debut on Friday and will appear on HBO this spring as a two-part series (Danny Moloshok / Invision / AP)
"Admittedly, at the Sundance Film Festival, the director acknowledged that he confined his interviews only to these prosecutors and their families, deliberately avoiding numerous people over Interviewing the Internet Years that have spent a lot of time with Michael Jackson and have clearly said that he treated children with respect and did nothing to them by choosing not to use any of those independent voices that could question the narrative he wanted to sell, the director neglected a review of the facts so he could create a narrative that is so obviously one-sided that the audience never stands near a balanced portrait, "the statement said. It was announced That "Leaving Neverland" was in production, protesters were at the forefront to Jackson online and personally defend. The demonstrators were set up in front of the theater during the movie debut on Friday, armed with signs quoted by Jackson: "Read sprints, but the truth is running marathons."
The police were heavily used during the demonstration in Utah, but the debut came and went without significant incident. During a post-show Q & A session, both men reportedly made it clear that they would never have been paid to participate in the documentation for Deadline. "Leaving Neverland" will be released this spring in a two-part series on HBO.
The Jackson estate, known for its legal talent, has not yet announced any formal lawsuits against the film's more widespread release.