Michael Jackson's Estate Slams Sexual Abuse Film Premiering At Sundance

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"When allegations of sexual abuse by Jackson involving young boys surfaced in 1993, many found it hard to believe that the King of Pop could be guilty of such unspeakable acts". The two, now in their 30s, claim that they were sexually abused by Jackson, and reveal how they came to terms with it years later. The film, directed by Dan Reed, who has won Baftas for documentaries including The Paedophile Hunter and Terror in Mumbai, is described as "a portrait of sustained exploitation and deception, documenting the power of celebrity that allowed a revered figure to infiltrate the lives of starstruck children and their parents".

Michael Jackson would have turned 60 in 2018, but died in 2009 aged 50.

The case went to trial and Jackson was acquitted of all charges in 2005.

"This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson", a representative for Jackson's estate said in a statement.

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Robson testified under oath that he was never abused at the trial and Safechuck had also previously denied that he was ever abused by Michael, right up until joining Robson's suit in 2014.

Jackson's new accusers, both now in their 30s, in the documentary have so far not been named in promotional material.

In 2013, choreographer Wade Robson tried to file a lawsuit against Michael Jackson's estate that was eventually dismissed in 2017. The Sundance Institute announced the addition of "Leaving Neverland" and "The Brink", a documentary about Steve Bannon, to its 2019 lineup on Wednesday.

The four-hour film will receive its world premiere at the Sundance film festival in Utah on 25 January, and will air on Channel 4 later this spring.

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