Trailer For Michael Jackson Documentary 'Leaving Neverland' Is Here
Content warning: This article discusses sexual assault.
Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January this year, Leaving Neverland reportedly left people "shellshocked" -- and it's easy to see why.
The confronting documentary follows the stories of two men -- James Safechuck and Wade Robson -- who claim they were molested by Michael Jackson while visiting his Neverland Ranch as children.
“Everybody wanted to meet Michael or be with Michael,” said one of the men, as the trailer showed clips of the compound.
“We drive in, and forget about all your problems, you were in Neverland. It was a fantasy,” they continue.
The trailer then takes a darker turn, with Robson making claims about things Jackson said to him as a child.
“He told me if they ever found out what we were doing, he and I would go to jail for the rest of our lives," Robson said.
Jackson consistently and wholly denied any wrongdoing when alive, saying he would never hurt a child.
In a statement last month, Jackson's estate said "Leaving Neverland isn't a documentary, it is the kind of tabloid character assassination Michael Jackson endured in life, and now in death."
"The film takes uncorroborated allegations that supposedly happened 20 years ago and treats them as fact."
His estate also criticised the film-makers, claiming they had not interviewed anyone from Jackson's family, his estate or others who knew him.
Speaking to Variety, director Dan Rees said: “This is not a movie about Michael Jackson."
"This is not a movie about Michael Jackson abusing little boys. It’s a movie about two families and how two families came to terms with what their sons revealed to them many years after Jackson died.”
Upon its premiere at Sundance Film Festival, Reed said that the audience had a highly emotional reaction to the film, saying they were “deeply, deeply affected."
“You could hear people sobbing in the audience,” he added.
The two-part series is set to air in the US next month.
Check out the trailer below.
Leaving Neverland premieres Friday, March 8 at 9pm, and Saturday March 9, at 9:30pm On 10 and WIN Network.
Image: Sundance Institute