HBO and Channel 4 have released the first trailer for Leaving Neverland, a new two-part documentary featuring the testimonies of two men who were friends with an adult Michael Jackson when they were young boys.
The documentary is set to explore the allegations of sexual misconduct of minors against the singer. Despite threats of legal action from the Jackson estate, broadcasters will go ahead and show the documentary.
Check out the trailer below:
The preview includes commentary from Wade Robson and James Safechuck who both accuse Jackson of abusing them as children.
The official synopsis for the show reads: “Leaving Neverland is a two-part documentary exploring the separate but parallel experiences of two young boys, James Safechuck, at age ten, and Wade Robson, at age seven, both of whom were befriended by Michael Jackson”
“Through gut-wrenching interviews with Safechuck, now 37, and Robson, now 41, as well as their mothers, wives and siblings, the film crafts a portrait of sustained abuse, exploring the complicated feelings that led both men to confront their experiences after both had a young son of his own.”
The Jackson estate has branded the upcoming series a “yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson”.
They went on to say that the documentary was a rehash of already discredited allegations. This is following a 2005 lawsuit against the singer in which he was acquitted of all charges as well as an FBI investigation.
Director Dan Reed has been criticised for not speaking to anyone in Jackson’s family or legal team, but Reed has responded saying to Variety “This is not a movie about Michael Jackson abusing little boys. It’s a movie about two families and how two families came to terms with what their sons revealed to them many years after Jackson died”.
Since the premiered at the Sundance festival, both Reed the director and the two accusers have been attacked by fans of the late singer.
Leaving Neverland will air on Channel 4 at 9pm on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th March.