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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Jackson ... Himself (archive footage)
Wade Robson ... Himself
Joy Robson ... Herself, mother of Wade Robson
Chantal Robson ... Herself - Sister of Wade
Jimmy Safechuck ... Himself (as James Safechuck)
Stephanie Safechuck Stephanie Safechuck ... Herself / Mother of James Safechuck
Macaulay Culkin ... Himself (archive footage)
Lisa Marie Presley ... Herself / Former Wife of Michael (archive footage)
Britney Spears ... Herself (archive footage)
Laura Primak Laura Primak ... Herself / Wife of Jimmy Safechuck
Amanda Rodriguez Amanda Rodriguez ... Herself / Sister of Wade (as Amanda Robson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gloria Allred ... Herself / Lawyer of Jordan Chandler (archive footage)
Gavin Arvizo Gavin Arvizo ... Himself / Accuser of Michael Jackson (archive footage)
Brett Barnes Brett Barnes ... Himself (archive footage)
Wolf Blitzer ... Himself / 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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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 2019 (Bulgaria) See more »

Also Known As:

Leaving Neverland See more »

Filming Locations:

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia See more »

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| (2 parts) (TV)

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

James Safechuck claims to have been abused in the train station at Neverland, which is impossible if his sworn deposition in his lawsuit is to be taken as fact. Safechuck alleges in his lawsuit that his abuse ended in 1992, while the permits for the train station being built did not exist until late 1993. Michael Jackson moved relocated to New York in early 1994 and did not return to Neverland until many months later. See more »

Quotes

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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Watch both parts before you write your opion
6 March 2019 | by jaredosburnSee all my reviews

I feel like this documentary was very well done. I came into this thinking this would be some more BS and it was just a way to tarnish MJ life without him being able to defend himself. Well after watching both parts I 100 percent believe this happened to them. For everyone saying there is no evidence and no proof. Did you actually watch it? How many boys need to come forward with the same exact story? Why would maids and people who work on the property and drivers need to lie on their behalf? What did they need to gain? The workers weren't trying to get any money. Think about this. How do you feel like it is ok for a grown man to have a 7 year old boy sleep in his hotel room alone or all the other younger boys sleep in his room alone? In what shape or form is that ok? Is that not proof or evidence in itself? The maid even said she saw them naked taking showers together. So was it one big conspiracy to just tarnish his name? When everyone keeps saying that they testified on his behalf so they must be lying now. Think about this. Wade Robson was 22 at the time with a gf and had a good career in the music industry. MJ had a relationship with him since he was 7 and had groomed him on what to say and he felt love toawards MJ. He even lied to his family and his gf about everything. He didn't even want to testify but he was subpoenaed. He knew MJ his whole life and even knew his kids. He didn't want to see MJ go to jail. He felt like is was a relationship and friendship and didn't feel like he was abused. This is what abusers do to their victims and their families. They become really close and manipulate the parents into trusting them as well. Both of these men are now in their 30s and finally have the courage to speak up. Some victims never speak up because of the shame and embarrassment they feel. You can feel however you want about MJ or this documentary but when you look at the facts and even court documents and everyone with the same story that's not just a coincidence or a conspiracy. The fact that he had young boys sleeping with him alone is enough for me to believe them. Watch both parts all the way through before you just automatically assume they are lying. Honestly I hope more people have the courage to speak up about this now. Some will take it to their graves and that happens to victims. I commend these two brave men for finally having the courage to speak up and tell their story. I don't feel like they are doing it to hurt MJ I feel like they are doing it to help others who go through or have gone through this type of abuse and are never able to speak out about it.


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