Monday, January 28, 2019
New Documentary Detailing Child Abuse Claims Against Michael Jackson Is So 'Devastating' Health Professionals Had To Be On Hand When It Debuted
The four-hour long Leaving Neverland was unveiled to a shocked audience at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, America, on Friday, where it was greeted with 'disgusted groans', reports SBS.
It focuses on Wade Robson, 36, and James Safechuck 40, who claim the late singer abused them as young boys.
Jackson's family and estate deny all the allegations, branding the programme "an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in."
Here are all the allegations from the documentary, and from other accusers who have come forward...
Robson was five when he met Jackson after winning a dance contest on the Australian leg of the singer's 1987 Bad tour.
After forging a close friendship, he claims the abuse started when Jackson allegedly introduced him to porn and alcohol aged seven.
Chillingly, Robson claims the singer had a cardboard cut-out of Peter Pan in his bedroom which he would look at while he masturbated behind him.
Hidden sex rooms
James Safechuck was 10 when he struck up an intense friendship with Jackson after starring in a Pepsi commercial alongside him.
He started staying the night in his bed, and claims the star told him he'd performed oral sex on him while he was asleep.
"He told me I was his first sexual experience," Safechuck said.
Alleging that Michael introduced him to masturbation, he said things quickly escalated and that they had sex all over the Neverland Ranch - including inside the castle, pool, attic and train station .
"It happened every day. It sounds sick, but when you're first dating somebody, you do a lot of it," he said.
According to Safechuck, the Nevada ranch was kitted out with hidden beds and secret locations - such as a locked, private box with one -way glass in his movie theatre - where the alleged molestations would take place.
Robson says Jackson would call him 'Little One' or 'Doo Doo' and bombarded the then seven year old with reams of faxes declaring his love.
Michael Jacobs-hagen - who met Jacko at Disneyland Paris when he was 14 - said he was dubbed 'Rubba Rubba' because Jackson would allegedly rub and touch him in bed.
"When I slept in his bed, we wore just boxer shorts and he would put his arm around me and push his body to my body, like you would with a girlfriend," Michael told The Mirror.
“He would put our bodies on each other and kiss me on the head and cheek. I woke many times and his hands were on me... one hand on the top of my legs and one hand around me.
“When he was high on his medication he would get closer in the same way as when a man gets drunk. It disinhibited him.
“He’d pull me closer and be grabbing me more and kissing me more on the head and on the cheek, He would also stroke my hair.
"I didn’t feel comfortable with it, but I thought ‘I can’t say No’. When you’re 14 and you’re there with the biggest megastar in the world, you say ‘okay’.
“He never carried out an explicit sexual act on me, but there were sexual intentions.
“He must have been getting something out of it sexually. I feel now like he was testing me, seeing how far he could go.”
Robson - whose 2013 lawsuit against Jackson's estate was denied by a judge on technical reasons - claims Jackson made it clear that if he confided in anyone, they would both be punished.
"If anyone ever found out that we were doing these sexual things, we would go to jail for the rest of our lives," he said. "I was terrified."
Robson also claims Jackson pressured him to testify on his behalf at 2005 trial where he was charged with molesting Gavin Arviso, 13.
Robson also defended Jackson in an interview with Access Hollywood three years later.