“Leaving Neverland” documentary detailing Michael Jackson’s sexual misconduct to premier at Sundance

The heat from the shocker that was the Surviving R.Kelly docuseries has barely died down and yet another film featuring Pop star Michael Jackson is bound to shock the world on the singer’s sexual indiscretions.

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The film titled “Leaving Neverland” will examine sexual abuse accusations raised against the late American pop artist, Michael Jackson. “Leaving Neverland”, which is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, recounts the story of two men now in their 30s, who allege they were sexually abused by MJ when they were seven and 10 years old.

A synopsis of the documentary reads: “At the height of his stardom, Michael Jackson began long-running relationships with two boys, aged seven and 10, and their families. Now in their 30s, they tell the story of how they were sexually abused by Jackson, and how they came to terms with it years later.”

The Jackson estate has already denounced the project as an “outrageous and pathetic” attempt to exploit his name.“This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson,” the singer’s estate said in a statement carried by US media.

The statement added that the “so-called” documentary was “just another rehash of dated a discredited allegations. It’s baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project.”

But in light of the real-world ramifications of “Surviving R. Kelly” docuseries,  the effects of this documentary on its subject’s legacy remains to be seen.

Leaving Neverland” borrows its name from Neverland Ranch, the California estate where Jackson lived from 1988 to 2003. During Jackson’s last year at the ranch, a 13-year-old boy accused him of molestation, which led to a police raid of the ranch. Jackson was acquitted on all counts against him after a trial in 2005.

Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer who passed away on the 25th of June in 2009. Dubbed the “King of Pop”, he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th Century and is also regarded as one of the greatest entertainers of all time.

 

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