Leaving Neverland, a two-part documentary that chronicles allegations from two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claim Jackson abused them as children, made its television premiere Sunday on HBO. Safechuck also said he would spend weeks at a time in Neverland Ranch, with his mother sleeping in a guest room while Safechuck stayed with Jackson in the main house. "They just don't care".
Jackson's family has repeatedly denied all allegations put forth in Leaving Neverland, and said in a January statement the film was "yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson".
To his adoring public, and for a time to the children he famously befriended, Michael Jackson was an eternally childlike Peter Pan.
As to where Jackson's legacy goes from here, I don't think anyone can say for certain. We'll still be listening to "Billie Jean" at weddings for decades to come, I'm certain, although "P.Y.T." should probably be relegated to the dumpster-fires of time.
Safechuck claimed that Jackson assaulted him at 10 different spots around the property.
"I ask for all of you to wait and hear the truth before you label or condemn me", he added. "But for me, this moment transcends MICHAEL JACKSON". In fact, child star Corey Feldman, who was a close friend of Jackson, took issue with the portrayal of the singer in the documentary. In the trial, Jackson's family noted that at Jackson's 2005 trial, Robson had testified defending Jackson, saying Jackson had never touched him.
It comes as documentary Leaving Neverland uncovers claims Jackson sexually abused two boys aged seven and ten. Jackson's gargantuan cultural influence and our awareness of the horror of his actions might indeed help pave the way to a future where sexual abuse of children stays at the forefront of our conversations, and not something we sweep under the rug.