Michael Jackson's Estate Slam New Sexual Abuse Documentary 'Leaving Neverland'

10 January 2019, 12:10 | Updated: 10 January 2019, 12:18

Michael Jackson's estate not happy with 'Leaving Neverland documentary
Michael Jackson's estate not happy with 'Leaving Neverland documentary. Picture: PA

Set to be released around the 10 year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, 'Leaving Neverland' will look into historic sex abuse allegations once again.

Following the fallout from recent docu-series 'Surviving R Kelly', during which new evidence about R Kelly's alleged underage sexual relationship with Aaliyah emerged, a new documentary about Michael Jackson has been revealed.

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Called 'Leaving Neverland', the Dan Reed-directed documentary will focus on some of the sexual abuse cases which saw Michael Jackson on trial over a decade ago and will look to re-examine them.

Michael Jackson's court cases are set to be re-examined in new documentary 'Leaving Neverland'
Michael Jackson's court cases are set to be re-examined in new documentary 'Leaving Neverland'. Picture: PA

As might be expected, Michael Jackson's estate hasn't reacted well to the news about the upcoming documentary, which is set to premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival later this year, and they've released an official statement.

Speaking to TMZ, Michael Jackson's estate said, “This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson."

They went on to add that the "so-called documentary is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations. It’s baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project.”

Michael Jackson's estate issued a statement against the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary
Michael Jackson's estate issued a statement against the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary. Picture: PA

According to reports, former Michael Jackson accusers James Safechuck and Wade Robson are set to be the focus of the documentary, with MJ's estate claiming "both testified under oath that Michael never did anything inappropriate toward them."

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