The documentary Leaving Neverland is an in-depth look at two men's stories about being sexually abused by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The film was added to the lineup for the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and will reportedly be aired on HBO sometime this spring.
The alleged victims offer up candid accounts of what they experienced and "that sexual abuse is complicated, and survivors’ voices need to be listened to," says director Dan Reed. "I believe anyone who watches this film will see and feel the emotional toll on the men and their families and will appreciate the strength it takes to confront long-held secrets.”
With the backlash R. Kelly received as a result of the docuseries spelling out his sexually exploitative and abusive ways, it will be interesting to see the reception of this film and the reaction to the two men's stories.
The Sundance Film Festival has announced that Leaving Neverland, a two-part documentary about sexual abuse claims surrounding Michael Jackson, will be added to this year's lineup.
According to reports, the docuseries features interviews with two men, who are now in their 30s, who claim that Jackson sexually abused them in the 1990s when they were 7 and 10. The film's synopsis states, "At the height of his stardom, Michael Jackson began long-running relationships with two boys, aged 7 and 10, and their families. Now in their 30s, they tell the story of how they were sexually abused by Jackson, and how they came to terms with it years later."
Dan Reed is the producer of the film and he was previously behind the documentaries The Pedophile Hunters and Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks.
Source: Rolling Stone