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Leaving Neverland (2019)

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At the height of his stardom, the world's biggest pop star, Michael Jackson, began long-running relationships with two boys, aged seven and ten, and their families. They now allege that he sexually abused them.

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Dan Reed
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Credited cast:
Michael Jackson ... Self (archive footage)
Wade Robson ... Self
Joy Robson ... Self - Mother of Wade Robson
Chantal Robson ... Self - Sister of Wade
Jimmy Safechuck ... Self (as James Safechuck)
Stephanie Safechuck Stephanie Safechuck ... Self - Mother of James Safechuck
Macaulay Culkin ... Self (archive footage)
Lisa Marie Presley ... Self - Former Wife of Michael (archive footage)
Britney Spears ... Self (archive footage)
Laura Primak Laura Primak ... Self - Wife of Jimmy Safechuck
Amanda Rodriguez Amanda Rodriguez ... Self - Sister of Wade (as Amanda Robson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gloria Allred ... Self - Lawyer of Jordan Chandler (archive footage)
Gavin Arvizo Gavin Arvizo ... Self - Accuser of Michael Jackson (archive footage)
Brett Barnes Brett Barnes ... Self (archive footage)
Wolf Blitzer ... Self - Correspondent (archive footage)
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At the height of his stardom, the world's biggest pop star, Michael Jackson, began long-running relationships with two boys, aged seven and ten, and their families. They now allege that he sexually abused them.

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Several radio stations around the world dropped Michael Jackson songs from their playlists because of the disturbing nature of the allegations in the documentary. There were also discussions on series such as Good Morning Britain (2014) and This Morning (1988) about whether Jackson's music should now be banned or boycotted. Louis Theroux, who famously interviewed Britain's most notorious celebrity sex offender Sir Jimmy Savile, who was also never convicted of any crimes during his lifetime, said that there had been "a pattern of unhealthy interest in children" and he believed the allegations against Jackson, but he added "it's a slippery slope the whole idea that we need a spotless moral character for any artist because no one's going to pass that test... it's muddied with Michael Jackson because part of his persona was a quasi-messianic figure who would be surrounded by children and I think that will all feel very wrong now - but as naive as it may sound I think a lot of the work will stand". Nina Myskow argued that although she found the documentary harrowing, Jackson should not be boycotted and he was not comparable to disgraced glam rock star Gary Glitter because Glitter's contribution to music was "minimal" compared to Jackson's. See more »

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During the 17 month filming of these interviews, James Safechuck's furniture, undershirt, socks, and foliage on the fence outside is a glaringly obvious. See more »

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Wade Robson: He was one of the kindest, most gentle, loving, caring people I knew. He helped me... tremendously. He helped me with my career. He helped me with my creativity. With all those sorts of things. And he also sexually abused me... for seven years.
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Featured in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 4 March 2019 (2019) See more »

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No journalism
12 March 2019 | by Smussentom-23598See all my reviews

Manipulative and one-sided without any evidence. The stories of both alledged victims are full of inconsistencies. The timelines dont add up at all. According to robson, it was culkin who replaced him in 1991, and according to safechuck it was brett barnes who replaced him in 1992. The timelines dont make sense to me. Questionable facial expressions. As well as moments when safechuck for example shows a little box with jewellery which he kept for all the years while saying he doesnt like to remember it and to look at it. Another scene is when Robson graphically describes sex acts with words like his adult penis in my 7 year old mouth. That seems purposely described that way in order to manipulate the audience and to provoke rage and disgust by picturing those disgusting sceneries. For me thats no serious journalism and i cant give more than 1 star


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Language:

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Release Date:

8 March 2019 (Bulgaria) See more »

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Leaving Neverland See more »

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia See more »

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