Sundance Adds Michael Jackson Sexual Abuse Documentary to Lineup

Sundance Adds Michael Jackson Sexual Abuse Documentary to Lineup

"Leaving Neverland" alleges that worldwide superstar Michael Jackson began relationships with two boys, aged 7 and 10, along with their families.

Jackson was charged with seven counts of child molestation in 2003, but was acquitted following a lengthy jury trial. 2019 marks the ten year anniversary of the death of Jackson, and a new documentary that reexamines some of his alleged cases of sexual abuse will be touching down at the Sundance Film Festival.

"Through gut-wrenching interviews with the now-adult men and their families, "Leaving Neverland" crafts 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", the synopsis reads. Robson previously filed a lawsuit against Jackson's estate in 2013, claiming the Thriller artist abused him in the late "80s".

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The Jackson Estate sent a statement to TMZ, which declared, "This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson".

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sundance said Wednesday that a documentary about two boys who accused Michael Jackson of sexual abuse will premiere at its film festival later this month, while the Jackson estate called the film "just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations".

The film runs at almost four hours long (236 minutes to be exact) and will be screened at the festival in two parts. The film is directed by Dan Reed, who won a BAFTA award for his 2014 film "The Paedophile Hunters".

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