WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The full coverage of the alleged claims of Michael Jackson’s sexual abuse and assault will be featured in a documentary set to be aired at the Sundance Film Festival next week.
- Included in the controversial movie is the allegations made by Australian dancer Wade Robson in his 2016 lawsuit that he was raped for 7 years.
- The Jackson family denied Wade’s claims and publicly condemned Sundance and HBO for showing the movie.
The new film “Leaving Neverland” is scheduled to debut at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25th. It promises to feature the full extent of the sexual assault and abuse claims against the late King of Pop Michael Jackson, including choreographer Wade Robson’s allegations.
Back in 2016, Robson, an Australian born dancer, filed a lawsuit against the late pop star’s estate for $1.6 billion in damages. In his complaint, Wade alleged that he was subjected to 7 years of abuse from the “Man in the Mirror” singer, from age seven until he was 14 years old.
Disturbing details in court filings of the alleged rape also included: “kissing and French kissing, Jackson masturbating while watching Robson naked on all fours like a dog and fondling of genitals with hands and mouth.”
Wade also claimed that Michael Jackson lost interest in him when he got older but told him that they can never tell anyone what they were doing.
“People will never understand that we love each other and this is how we show it. If anyone were to ever find out our lives and career would be over.”
While his lawsuit was thwarted because the court ruled that Jackson’s estate couldn’t be blamed for the allegations, Wade’s claims have now resurfaced in the controversial and shocking documentary.
At the time, the Jackson family fiercely denied Wade’s accusations. They even reminded people that he helped testify on behalf of the singer during his 2005 trial.
In Jackson’s official Twitter account, they publicly denounced Sundance and HBO for screening the movie, reminding HBO that it was Michael Jackson who via his first televised concert gave them their highest rated special ever in 1992. “Now, to repay him they give a voice to admitted liars. #StopLeavingNeverlandNOW,” they wrote.
Michael’s nephew and Tito Jackson’s son Taj also tweeted: “To all the sponsors of @Sundance. I suggest you do your own homework on Wade Robson and James Safechuck. “By supporting their lies, you are now part of this and we will remember that when everything implodes. You can’t plead ignorance anymore.”
He also lambasted Sundance for jeopardizing the festival’s incredible films that people have invested their life and money into by promoting a film that stars “two proven scam artists.”
Meanwhile, Wade, now 36, stated under oath during the trial Jackson had never abused him or touched him inappropriately. Today, he justified those claims saying that at the time he believed he “was a consenting participant” in the acts.