Michael Jackson’s estate claims the recent HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland” is full of lies and is attempting to share its truth with new documents.
Earlier this month, HBO released its controversial documentary series “Leaving Neverland” which details the history of sexual abuse that two men, #JamesSafechuck and #WadeRobson, allegedly endured as children from the late singer #MichaelJackson. Before and after the United States debut of the series, Jackson’s estate spoke about the project, claiming it to be a money grab. The family has also appeared in interviews to fight Jackson’s accusers.
Now the family is taking it a step further and telling their side of the story with their truths. The Jackson family provided Billboard with a 24-page working PowerPoint document, titled “Leaving Neverland and the Truth,” that questions the accusers’ memories and the filmmakers’ motives in detail. The estate also attached recent news clips in which the singer’s defense attorney called the accusations “hogwash.” The document goes into detail about the documentary being bias, inconsistent, and notes that the footage that was featured was misused.
One of the examples the estate mentioned was when Robson says Jackson invited him to sleep in his bed, but “in his deposition,” the material states, “he makes clear that he and his sister were the ones who initiated the idea, and that Michael insisted they ask their parents.” The film also portrays Jackson wishing Robson a happy birthday in a video “suggesting a creepy, predatory manner,” when he recorded numerous similar greetings around the same time, the estate says.
While the estate claims many details in the film are flawed, the estate notes media outlets have not respected or expressed its grievances with the film, Billboard reports. “Much of this information is available online, and we have sent various pieces to the media, but no one has really been interested in reporting on it [or] digging further than the documentary,” the estate rep told Billboard.
The document is not available to the public.