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Leaving Neverland (2019)

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At the height of his stardom, the world's biggest pop star, Michael Jackson, began long-running relationships with two boys, aged seven and ten, and their families. They now allege that he sexually abused them.

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Dan Reed
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Credited cast:
Michael Jackson ... Self (archive footage)
Wade Robson ... Self
Joy Robson ... Self - Mother of Wade Robson
Chantal Robson ... Self - Sister of Wade
Jimmy Safechuck ... Self (as James Safechuck)
Stephanie Safechuck Stephanie Safechuck ... Self - Mother of James Safechuck
Macaulay Culkin ... Self (archive footage)
Lisa Marie Presley ... Self - Former Wife of Michael (archive footage)
Britney Spears ... Self (archive footage)
Laura Primak Laura Primak ... Self - Wife of Jimmy Safechuck
Amanda Rodriguez Amanda Rodriguez ... Self - Sister of Wade (as Amanda Robson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gloria Allred ... Self - Lawyer of Jordan Chandler (archive footage)
Gavin Arvizo Gavin Arvizo ... Self - Accuser of Michael Jackson (archive footage)
Brett Barnes Brett Barnes ... Self (archive footage)
Wolf Blitzer ... Self - Correspondent (archive footage)
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At the height of his stardom, the world's biggest pop star, Michael Jackson, began long-running relationships with two boys, aged seven and ten, and their families. They now allege that he sexually abused them.

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Both Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck were in tears for practically the entire 4 hour running time at the film's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. See more »

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During the 17 month filming of these interviews, James Safechuck's furniture, undershirt, socks, and foliage on the fence outside is a glaringly obvious. See more »

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Wade Robson: He was one of the kindest, most gentle, loving, caring people I knew. He helped me... tremendously. He helped me with my career. He helped me with my creativity. With all those sorts of things. And he also sexually abused me... for seven years.
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Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 30 January 2019 (2019) See more »

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Performed by Michael Jackson
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Heavy on emotion but light on investigation
4 March 2019 | by madcaplaughs79See all my reviews

The truth is a powerful and at times devastating thing to hear. In order to accept what you are being told is true, one has to connect what you are being told logically to what is being accused.

Is it possible, that Michael Jackson abused these two men when they were children? At face value, and through emotional testimony... yes.

Is it also possible that these two men are motivated by another means to the point at which they will tell lies in order to achieve what motivates them... yes.

It's not up to me to judge these men personally, or Jackson for that matter. I have no personal stake in this. I can only make a judgement of if I feel what they are saying is true based on what is being to me as the audience.

So, what are we left with? In my opinion, I'm in the same place I've been for years. It's no secret Michael Jackson had an unhealthy relationship with children. I say unhealthy because he had no normal concept of real life. That doesn't make him a molester though. It's also no secret that he's arguably the greatest talent of the 20th century. How do these two paths connect? Can you be both a genius, and a monster?

Leaving Neverland, for all of its harrowing testimony (and it is graphic) still does not provide an answer or prove the guilt of Jackson, because what these men allege to have occurred can only be validated by the two people involved, and one of them, Michael Jackson, is dead. The accused offer no evidence.

And this then moves to the crux of the situation. If there is no financial motivation, why are they filing suit against his estate? Why did they continue to support him into adulthood, even after death? So many whys...

There is a lot of smoke here. And smoke can mean there's fire, and as a fan of Jackson I have to be ready to accept that, but this is a woefully one sided documentary that ignores many facts that over the years don't line up with what these men allege.

This documentary is an emotional one, not an investigative one. Do not look for all the answers here, because you won't get them, and the major flaw of this film is that, for allegations as serious as this, there Is very little evidence provided to back it up, but emotion is much more attractive than facts.

1/10 for wasting 4 hours. What could have been a serious investigative look at these men's stories, is instead a 4 hour soap opera hit piece on someone who has no way to defend themselves. If it was me being accused of this, or me accusing someone of this abuse, you better believe it wouldn't be made this public without some serious facts to back it up.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 2019 (Bulgaria) See more »

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia See more »

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| (2 parts) (TV)

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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