Premiering last night on HBO, the harrowing documentary explores the allegations of sexual abuse against Michael Jackson from two men who were befriended by the pop star when they were young boys. This excellent coverage of the "court of public opinion" is by Roz Weston and Graeme O'Neill of ET Canada Live. A lot of upsetting details about Jackson's relationship with James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who were children at the time, surfaced in the first two hours of the film, including one story about how Jackson staged a mock wedding with Safechuck.
The pair had met a year earlier, on the set of a Pepsi commercial in 1987.
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In the film, Safechuck, who stated that he kept the brochure about Neverland from when Jackson was debating whether to buy it, said that before Jackson purchased the estate he told the boy the purchase was for him.
In the candid interview, the 40-year-old pulls out the ring he claims the popstar gave him during the "wedding" ceremony, which now barely fits on his adult fingers. He also had an Indian fort with like tepees so we would lay down sleeping and have snacks and have sexual relations there. Footage included in the HBO doc seems to have been recorded before much of the Jackson family filtered away from the property; instead of the dusty surroundings described in The Daily Beast's report, aerial video shows immaculately kept grounds, hidden from view by the surrounding trees.
"All I know is what I experienced, and yes, every experience was the same right up to the sex part", he wrote. The way I judge credibility is, 'Have these people lied before? It was there that Jackson is alleged to have abused Safechuck and Robson, on separate occasions. The pair filed lawsuits against Jackson in 2013 and 2014, but each was thrown out for being too long after the original alleged incidents.
Three major Montreal radio stations have stopped playing Michael Jackson songs as a result of child-molestation allegations against the late musician aired Sunday in an HBO 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.