Nearly 10 years after his death, suspicions of paedophilia hanging over Michael Jackson. A new documentary accuses again the singer of sexual assault on two children, which has provoked the wrath of the heirs of Michael Jackson.
Leaving Neverland , which must be presented at the Sundance film festival in late January, traces the story of two thirty-somethings who provide to have been victims of sexual abuse on the part of the “King of pop” when they were between the ages of 7 and 10 years. “This is still a work extravagant, an attempt outrageous and pathetic to exploit and take advantage of Michael Jackson”, have denounced the heirs of the singer in a statement released Thursday by various american media.
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This “so-called” documentary “is just a repeat of old allegations to be unfounded. It would be surprising if any producer worthy of the name is involved in such a project,” says the text. The film, which takes its name from the ranch spooky built by the artist in California, has been directed by Dan Reed. The latter has already signed several documentaries, including one dedicated to the deadly attacks against the drafting of Charlie Hebdo, in Paris in 2015.
The men who accused Michael Jackson have previously filed a complaint
producers of Leaving Neverland have confirmed to the trade magazine Rolling Stone , that the two men accusing Michael Jackson is the choreographer Wade Robson, who filed a complaint in 2013 against the deceased singer, and James Safechuck, who had sued the heirs of Michael Jackson. The two procedures have been released in 2017.
Dan Reed provides however take these accusations seriously. “If there’s one thing we’ve learned is that sexual abuse is complex and that we must hear the voices of the victims”, he said in a press release. “It took a lot of courage for these two men to tell their story, and I have no doubt on their credibility”.
Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 of a drug overdose. The singer, who was told in a documentary to love to sleep – in all innocence according to him – with little boys, has been repeatedly accused of pedophilia.
His tendencies have earned Michael Jackson’s legal problems. In 1993, a teenager of 13 years had filed a complaint for inappropriate touching. The matter was resolved informally, compared to $ 15 million. Later, in 2005, Michael Jackson had passed the judgment for abuse on another child, but had been acquitted. According to the website specialized deadline.com , Leaving Neverland will be aired on television after the festival of Sundance, on strings american HBO , and british Channel 4 .