A Documentary Featuring Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Michael Jackson Will Air On Channel 4 And HBO
The British broadcaster Channel 4 has confirmed to BuzzFeed News that it has commissioned and will broadcast Leaving Neverland, which will debut at the Sundance Film Festival.
A four-hour documentary that focuses on sexual abuse allegations against the late singer Michael Jackson is to be shown on television later this spring.
Leaving Neverland features the stories of two men who say that they were abused by Jackson when they were children.
The film was commissioned by British broadcaster Channel 4 and it will be shown to viewers in two parts on consecutive nights. It is due to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.
Details about the documentary are scarce, but an overview on the Sundance website reads: "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."
Michael Jackson's estate has already denounced the documentary.
In a statement, sent to Variety, the estate said: “This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson.”
Jackson was acquitted of child molestation charges back in 2005.
The film is made by Amos Pictures and produced by Dan Reed, who created the BAFTA award-winning documentary The Paedophile Hunter as well as From Russia with Cash.
Channel 4 has not confirmed a date for the documentary to air, but said that it will be broadcast in spring.
The documentary will be shown in the United States on HBO in the same week.