Were Wade Robson and James Safechuck paid for Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland and how has the Jackson estate reacted?

Were Wade Robson and James Safechuck paid for Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland and how has the Jackson estate reacted?

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WADE Robson and James Safechuck have come forward accusing Michael Jackson of sexually abusing them as children.

They told their story in the new documentary Leaving Neverland – but did they get paid for it? Here’s what we know.

Michael Jackson with Wade Robson - who he has accused the King of Pop of sexual assault
Michael Jackson with Wade Robson – who he has accused the King of Pop of sexual assault

Were Robson and Safechuck paid for their appearance in the documentary?

The director of the documentary Dan Reed confirmed that Robson and Safechuck were not paid to be in Leaving Neverland.

He said Robson and Safechuck “have no financial interest whatsoever and no future, past or present interest”.

Both of them tell their stories extensively from their past and features members of their families.

How did the Jackson estate react to the documentary?

In February the Jackson estate launched a lawsuit against broadcasting company HBO for £77million over Leaving Neverland.

They claim the documentary is in violation of a non-disparagement clause from a previous contract to televise a concert from Jackson’s Dangerous tour in 1992.

The clause including wording that said HBO would “not make any disparaging remarks” about the King of Pop.

The complaint read out in court said: “Michael Jackson is innocent. Period.”

The estate also called it “an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in” after the singer’s 2009 death.

Wade Robson, from left, director Dan Reed and James Safechuck pose for a portrait to promote the film 'Leaving Neverland'
Wade Robson, from left, director Dan Reed and James Safechuck pose for a portrait to promote the film Leaving Neverland
AP:Associated Press

What has HBO said in response?

HBO said they would still air the documentary.

They said: “Despite the desparate lengths taken to undermine the film, our plans remain unchanged.

“HBO will move forward with the airing of Leaving Neverland.

“This will allow everyone the opportunity to assess the film and the claims in it for themselves.”


How can I watch Leaving Neverland?

The documentary Leaving Neverland will air on Channel 4 TOMORROW and Thursday (March 6 and 7) in two parts.

It will start at 9pm on both nights, but if you miss it you can catch it on Channel 4 +1 an hour later or on All 4.

The programme will also be screened in the US on HBO at around the same time.

The documentary had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2019.

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