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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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"Leaving Neverland" Challenges Jackson’s Legacy

The controversial documentary that made a splash at Sundance comes to HBO to explore the allegations of sexual abuse against Michael Jackson.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Jackson ... Himself (archive footage)
Wade Robson ... Himself
Joy Robson ... Herself, mother of Wade Robson
Shane Robson Shane Robson ... Himself - Brother of Wade
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)
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Gloria Allred ... Herself / Lawyer of Jordan Chandler (archive footage)
Gavin Arvizo Gavin Arvizo ... Himself / Accuser of Michael Jackson
Brett Barnes Brett Barnes ... Himself (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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English

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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| (2 parts) (TV)

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2.35 : 1
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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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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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How can anyone deny the possibility of this happening?
6 March 2019 | by brandonhylSee all my reviews

I wouldn't consider myself a diehard MJ fan but as a child growing up in the 80's I understood the super star power that MJ had. I get why these families were awestruck by MJ wanting them to be a part of his family. Ultimately it blinded them from the sick realities of MJ's own struggles with pedophilia. This film did a great job at laying out the facts and focusing on the two men and their experiences. Anyone that actually watches this movie will have a tough time denying the stories from these two men.


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