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Michael Jackson's estate blast 'outrageous' sexual abuse documentary

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Adrian Cunningham | 10 January, 2019, 15:19

In 2005, a jury found Jackson not guilty of molesting Gavin Arvizo and related charges.

A documentary detailing the story of two boys who alleged Michael Jackson sexually abused them is set to debut at the Sundance Film Festival.

Leaving Neverland is named after the notorious ranch in Santa Barbara where Jackson lived from 1988 to 2003.

MJ's estate have rubbished the new claims as "lurid" and "pathetic" - with the singer having died aged 50 in 2009. The film, directed by Dan Reed, who has won Baftas for documentaries including The Paedophile Hunter and Terror in Mumbai, is described as "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".

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The estate of Michael Jackson has denouncing a documentary about two of his sexual-abuse accusers that will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, calling it 'just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations'. "It's baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project". "Wade Robson and James Safechuck [who has also sued the estate over abuse claims] have both testified under oath that Michael never did anything inappropriate toward them".

The names of the Jackson accusers profiled in the documentary were not released. Robson previously filed a lawsuit against Jackson's estate in 2013, claiming the Thriller artist abused him in the late "80s".

Leaving Neverland has been added to the premiere schedule for the film festival later this month along with a film about President Trump called The Brink.

The film runs at almost four hours long (236 minutes to be exact) and will be screened at the festival in two parts.