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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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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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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8 March 2019 (Bulgaria) See more »

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Leaving Neverland See more »

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Dan Reed from the beginning took an attitude of neutrality on his part, letting the two men tell their stories, unencumbered by prejudice. 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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Highly Compelling
6 March 2019 | by tylerwoodrownicholsSee all my reviews

I watched 'Leaving Neverland' last night and feel obligated to leave my opinion here to counter some of the negative "reviews" I've seen posted. It's obvious that at least half of these people didn't even watch the movie and just have an axe to grind with two people they see as "liars". If they had watched the movie, they would have seen an entire passage where they both addressed how they had lied in the past because they didn't want to admit to themselves that they had been abused. People tend to have oversimplified views of how child sexual abuse affects its victims. It's not at all unusual for decades to pass before people are able to come to terms with something that traumatic, there are many psychological defense mechanisms that can create obstacles along the way. The developing child brain is different than that of adults, and things that may immediately seem wrong to you or I can just be confusing to a child, and when they grow up it's difficult to integrate that. Aside from that, people need to magnify these obstacles by 1000 when you remember we are talking about someone who was basically elevated to the status of god, a living legend. As one of the men put it, he never had a suppressed memory he just didn't think that what happened between him and MJ was wrong because it was hard to admit that he'd be taken advantage of by his hero. All you need to do is look at how much abuse is being hurled at these guys online, I've seen everything from people calling them liars, losers who are just bitter they aren't as "successful" as MJ (some of the most juvenile BS I've ever read), desperate guys who just want their 15 minutes of fame to further their own careers (one guy has spent an entire career working with incredibly famous musicians, and besides, who would want to be famous for being molested as a child? Who's career has ever taken off because of that?), imbeciles saying their parents are worse than MJ (the parents' culpability is debatable, but it's not debatable that molesting kids is the more damaging action). That's just stuff off the top of my head. Imagine how hard it must be to go public against someone when you know that this kind of vitriol is going to be inbound? And this is 10 years after he died, it would have been worse if he was still alive. And besides, it's not just the men in the documentary, it's their entire extended families. You can see first hand how this has affected ALL of them, not just the victims. That's really what made it compelling for me, hearing everyone in the family tell their story. Are their families lying too (if they were, they deserve Oscar nominations), because they want their sons to be world-famous child abuse victims? Or are the sons just tearing their families apart with lies because fooling people into believing they're abuse victims is just so incredibly important to them? Just apply Occam's Razor, people. The explanation that requires the fewest leaps of faith and assumptions is that, yes, these guys were abused by MJ. Plus, I would like to know how tf can anyone listen to those creepy recordings of MJ calling the guy "Little One" and not hear the infatuation in his voice? Shame on all the people here writing off these two guys because they lied in the past. They'd rather keep believing a convenient lie, than finally hear the truth.


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