Michael Jackson estate denounces documentary about accusers

In this March 15, 2005 file photo, Pop star Michael Jackson leaves the Santa Barbara County Courthouse with his father, Joe, in Santa Maria, California following a day of testimony in Jackson's trial on charges of child molestation. Photo: Photo: AP/Michael A. Mariant, File
In this March 15, 2005 file photo, Pop star Michael Jackson leaves the Santa Barbara County Courthouse with his father, Joe, in Santa Maria, California following a day of testimony in Jackson's trial on charges of child molestation.

January 09, 2019 08:17 PM

The estate of Michael Jackson is denouncing a documentary about two of his sexual-abuse accusers that will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, calling it "just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations."

The estate said in a statement Wednesday that the documentary "Leaving Neverland" ''is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson."

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The Sundance Institute announced earlier Wednesday that the documentary had been added to the festival lineup.

The film tells the story of two men now in their 30s who had long-running relationships with Jackson at ages 7 and 10 when Jackson was at the height of his fame.

Jackson was acquitted of molestation charges in a 2005 trial.

An after-hours email to a representative seeking comment from the film's director, Dan Reed, wasn't immediately returned.


 

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