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Channel four reply to criticism over controversial Michael Jackson documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’

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It can air within the UK subsequent month

Channel four have rejected complaints from Michael Jackson‘s property and followers after saying that will probably be airing the controversial documentary, Leaving Neverland.

The four-hour documentary, which debuted on the Sundance Movie Competition on January 25, tells the story of two males – Wade Robson and James Safechuck – who each allege they have been sexually abused by Jackson within the 1990s.

The ‘Thriller’ icon’s property then condemned it as “a one-sided sensationalist programme” and “disgraceful”, denouncing the movie and its director, Dan Reed.

Nevertheless, this week it was announced that Leaving Neverland will air within the UK on Channel four on Wednesday 6 and seven of March at 9pm. Now, the broadcaster has launched a press release to defend its choice.

“Channel four viewers will make their very own judgement concerning the testimony of the 2 victims interviewed within the movie,” the broadcaster stated.

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Jackon’s claims that they have been by no means contacted by Reed or anybody related to the movie “to supply the Property’s views on, and responses to, the completely false claims which can be the subject material of the [programme].”

The property additionally took intention at what they describe because the “one-sided” claims, stating: “nobody else who would possibly provide proof to contradict the [programme’s] premise was consulted both, as Dan Reed has publicly admitted.”

Final month, viewers of the documentary described it as “brutally upsetting”, with attendees on the viewing reporting that the competition enlisted psychological well being counsellors for viewers members who have been upset or affected by the movie’s content material.

Responding to their views, director Reed stated: “It’s a four-hour documentary by an skilled documentarian with a protracted observe document in investigation and telling advanced tales and this can be a advanced story.

“I’d say it’s past doubt a documentary. Anybody with any data of that type would acknowledge a documentary. A four-hour piece, is {that a} tabloid? I didn’t characterize Jackson in any respect within the movie — I believe for those who watch it you’ll have observed that it’s a narrative about these two households and Jackson is a component of that story.

“However I don’t search to characterize him in any respect. I don’t touch upon Jackson. It’s not a movie about Michael. … The movie itself is an account of sexual abuse, how sexual abuse occurs after which how the results play out later in life.”

Michael Jackson and Bubbles

In the meantime, it was introduced this week that producer Quincy Jones will probably be taking part in Jackson’s seminal ‘Off The Wall’, ‘Thriller’ and ‘Dangerous’ back-to-back with an orchestra at a particular world unique present in London this summer season.

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