Leaving Neverland: Miniseries (2019)


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Leaving Neverland

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Crucial and careful, Leaving Neverland gives empathetic breadth and depth to the complicated afterlife of child sexual abuse as experienced by adult survivors.

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Episodes

Air date: Mar 3, 2019

An exploration of the separate but parallel experiences of two young boys, James Safechuck, at age 10, and Wade Robson, at age 7, who were both befriended by Michael Jackson.

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Air date: Mar 4, 2019

An exploration of the separate but parallel experiences of two young boys, James Safechuck, at age 10, and Wade Robson, at age 7, who were both befriended by Michael Jackson.

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  • Aug 22, 2022
    One sided.After death. Cowards
  • May 17, 2022
    Absolutely BRILLIANT. All the negative reviews are made by Michael Jackson fans who oddly love this truly revolting looking freak and his freakish lifestyle. Thank you
  • Apr 24, 2022
    michael jackson is a beautiful, kind and soulful individual. these people on this documentary are lying lmao. people just want 10 MINUTES of fame and money. thats what these ugly a$$ m4 grown a$$ men want. and their fathers literally k!ll3d themselves out of guilt so think about that. bye !
  • Apr 21, 2022
    Not a big MJ fan but became a one after watching this mockumentary, seriously people who arent his fans are even defending him with an open minded practical approach rather than being driven by emotional hormones. To the people who were actually abused i feel sorry for ya cuz these guys are money hungry and attention seeking liars. Now tell me, which abused victim who has "repressed" memories can remember SO GRAPHIC DETAIL of the ABUSE he/she went to. They say that they have repressed memories that's why they cant remember the DATES AND PLACES they were molested in, but still can tell the abuse in detail. There are ACTUAL victims on the internet who investigated this case with an open mind and found out that emotions and your tragic exprerience always dont work, anything can have a silver lining. Wade said he was being kept away from girls by Michael Jackson, still Brandi Jackson, his niece dated Wade and Michael set them up. He dated Britney spears and cheated on her, many people who knew him saw doing lewd acts with woman and misusing them. There are youtube videos of people who knew wade, and james said he never told anyone he has been abused only until 2013, yet his mom said she DANCED when Michael died cus he cant hurt anymore children, lmao did she timetravelled? Wade even was denied a job as an choreographer in the MJ cirque du soleil tour and then he also wrote a book against mj in 2013 and said in the last of the book "It's time to get mine".
  • Apr 07, 2022
    Leaving Neverland is a poorly made schlockumentary, featuring hours of emotionally manipulative, one-sided interviews, padded out with excessive drone shots. This guarantees that despite HBO's clear attempt to shock it's audience in airing this slanderous, fact-free, defamatory nonsense, watching this trash will insult the decency and intelligence of all but most ignorant devotes of fake tragedy porn, of the kind seen on trashy daytime talk shows or read in the most unreliable tabloid columns. Politically motivated media in the MeToo era are unlikely to tell you the truth: watching this movie will either fill your head with easily debunked bullshit, or lull you into a boredom induced coma. FACTS DON'T LIE, PEOPLE DO-A COMPREHENSIVE AND FINAL DEBUNKING - Both men have strenuously defended Jackson, including under oath, for decades.They only claimed abuse years after his death, whilst facing financial issues. - Since filing their lawsuit, both men have repeatedly changed their stories,frequently telling directly contradictory versions of the same supposed events .- In fact, Robson was caught lying under oath so brazenly, that the judge threw out his entire witness statement and stated that no rational juror could ever believe his account. Between 2012 and 2014, Robson wrote two drafts of an abuse memoir and tried unsuccessfully to sell them to publishers. Meanwhile, he lied under oat hand said he had never discussed his allegations with anyone except his lawyers. Each draft revealed that his story of abuse had changed significantly from one draft to the next. When Robson's emails were released to the court, they showed that he had been emailing himself links to old tabloid stories about abuse allegations, meanwhile constructing his own story of abuse. Robson found one particular story from the early 1990's which specifically named he and his mother. He emailed it to his mother and asked whether it was true. She replied, ‘Wow, none of that is true'. He then decided to include it in his story anyway. Robson was also ordered to produce his diaries as evidence. In them, he had written about how these allegations might rescue his failing career by making him relatable and relevant'. He also wrote, ‘It's time for me to get mine. ' Robson claimed that Jackson had abused him ‘hundreds of times'. Yet his mother's sworn testimony says that they went to Neverland roughly 14 times but Jackson was almost never there. She estimates the number of times they visited the ranch and he was actually there was four. The lawsuit was originally filed under seal, meaning Robson tried to extract a settlement from the estate with zero publicity. The story only went public as Wade and Jame's filed an appeal, supported by the 'documentary'. Safechuck describes in graphic detail, how he "had sex" with Michael almost everyday on the second floor of Neverland Train Station, at the beginning of their'relationship'. (1988-1989). This is physically impossible, as the station didn't exist then. Permits were granted in 1993,and construction didn't finish until 1994. Robson describes a week of alleged abuse while his family visited the Grand Canyon in 1990. This story is also impossible given that Robson's own mother swore under oath that Wade had accompanied them to the Grand Canyon. The movie implies that Brett Barnes was the next boy to be molested by Jackson. Brett Barnes vehemently denies these claims, and is suing the documentary for misrepresenting his relationship with Michael Jackson. Wade also claims that he spent 7 weeks in a row being molested by Michael inspiring of 1990, Cali. However, Michael was in DC April 4-6 meeting the president, then at Trump's casino April 8, then Indiana April 8-11, later in hospital June 3-8. Once again, this timeline of abuse is physically impossible. Safechuck states that he was threatened and pressured by Michael's legal team to testify in the 2005 trial. This is a provable lie, as the judge ruled long before the trial started that Safechuck would not be used in the case. All testimony about Safechuck was literally banned from the courtroom. So Jackson's defense cannot possibly have pressured him to testify. The film completely omits the fact that Wade dated Brandi Jackson, Michael's niece,for seven years. They were set up together by Michael Jackson. This dismantles the narrative that Michael 'deterred boys from women'. The film states that much abuse took place around the swimming pool area of the ranch. However, this area was surrounded by cameras, which were managed by a security firm. Santa Barbara officers also worked at the ranch. So at this point, the'abuse cover up' would have to be a national conspiracy. Even if Safechuck 'mixed the dates', his sworn testimony states that abuse ended in 1992. Plus, by 1994, Jackson was married to Lisa Marie Presley and living in New York. Therefore the train story cannot be true, in any scenario. Wade claimed he testified for Jackson in 2005 because of a dinner that took place before his testimony. However, Taj Jackson and family were also at that dinner. They confirm that the dinner took place after Wade had already testified. At the end of the film, Wade and James are seen burning 'original memoribilia'. However, Julien's Auction house has proven that this is a lie. Wade sold his original items to the house years prior, as he 'needed the money'.
  • Jan 06, 2022
    I know, maybe I'm a huge Michael fan, but I have to accept the truth told in the documentary, which even tho being slow, and certainly hard to watch, shows emotional moments and an interesting subject to see. 8,5/10
  • Dec 11, 2021
    Wow they really reached with this one. What is it with people and not believing facts? Michael was found innocent on all charges. Wade Robson came forward in full support of him at that time. Money is truly the root of all evil. He was completely humiliated by the press, FBI, LA police department and so on. There was NO evidence not a shred what so ever to support any of those claims and still even after the man has died the press is still at it. Wade and James are two very sick individuals as are there parents. We all know the press is shit. But hey whatever makes money.
  • Dec 07, 2021
    I think it was extremely well done and tells a tale that should be told. I felt very disturbed after. I honestly wonder if the Jackson estate has hired people to give bad reviews specifically for this documentary because I do this it was very good.
  • Nov 30, 2021
    An extraordinary doc on a par with Oscar-winning "Thin." Crucial viewing. A unique glimpse into the complex psychology of abuse and denial.
  • Oct 22, 2021
    The movie was filled with emotional moments, but the documentary was not made from an objective perspective and did not provide opposite points of view or fact check a number of inconsistencies in the "accounts".

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