Michael Jackson’s Family Speak Out Against ‘Leaving Neverland’ Documentary

Bessie Dean
March 8, 2019

An Oprah Winfrey interview with two men who say Michael Jackson sexually abused them as boys will air immediately after a documentary on the men. The two-part Leaving Neverland airs Sunday, March 3 and Monday, March 4 (8-10 pm ET/PT both nights) on HBO.

Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed is quoted saying, "If there's anything we've learned during this time in our history, it's that sexual abuse is complicated, and survivors' voices need to be listened to".

"I don't care to see it, because I know my brother", said Jackie Jackson, 67, the oldest of the Jackson 5 brothers.

"It's the story of these two families and not of all the other people who were or weren't abused by Michael Jackson", Reed told the AP the day after the film's premiere. So, you know if he - if he was still alive, yeah, I don't know.

In a teaser clip, Marlon told host Gayle King the accusers were looking for compensation and that it is "all about the money". They claim that the network has violated a non-disparagement clause from a 1992 contract that was written after HBO aired one of Jackson's concerts.

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Taj Jackson has admitted his uncle Michael Jackson's "naivety was his downfall" because he didn't consider how his slumber parties with young children would look to the outside world. Starting when he was eleven, he says, they engaged in sex acts many times at Jackson's Neverland compound - in a castle, in an attic, in a pool, in a train station. Although they first defended Jackson when allegations against him arose in the 1990s, Robson, now 36, and Safechuck, now 40, came forward with disturbing allegations a few years after Jackson's death in 2009. "Because when you start throwing allegations out about someone, then you got to go back and say, 'Wait a minute, let me make sure I'm telling the right thing. I mean, I'm not oblivious to what it sounds like", the 45-year-old said. "You know, I think, to the outside world, yes, I think it can be odd".

After Surviving Neverland debuts, Oprah will lead a Q+A with MJ's accusers, and the centerpieces of the film, Wade Robson and James Safechuck.

Michael was accused of child molestation in 2003, but was acquitted of all charges in 2005.

On February 21, Jackson's estate sued HBO and Time Warner over the film for United States dollars 100 million, alleging it breached a non-disparagement clause dating back from a former contract.

King flat-out asked if the Jacksons at one point if they thought MJ could have been "abusive to children" in their opinion - and whether they found it unusual that he was sleeping in bed with them.

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