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Leaving Neverland Has Been Readded To Netflix

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Leaving Neverland Has Been Readded To Netflix

Leaving Neverland is now available to watch on Netflix in the UK.

The two-part documentary, which first aired on Channel 4 in 2019, tells the story of two men who claimed they were sexually abused by Michael Jackson as children.

Directed and produced by British filmmaker Dan Reed, both Wade Robson and James Safechuck recall how they met the late singer, how they found themselves rocketed from ordinary families to part of his inner circle, and give graphic descriptions of Jackson's alleged sex acts, which they claim took place at his home, Neverland Ranch, and other locations.

Wade Robson recalled his version of events in Leaving Neverland (Credit: Channel 4/HBO)
Wade Robson recalled his version of events in Leaving Neverland (Credit: Channel 4/HBO)
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Leaving Neverland prompted a huge reaction from viewers after it first aired. While the nature of the allegations against Thriller singer Jackson prompted thousands to reassess his legacy, with many choosing to stop listening to his music, some of Jackson's more loyal supporters rubbished the claims that were made.

As a form of a rebuttal, Michael Jackson: Chase The Truth was released on Amazon Prime in August 2019, with this series looking to highlight the inconsistencies in the original documentary.

The Jackson Estate also took huge issue with Leaving Neverland, which they described as "a tabloid character assassination."

Before the documentary originally aired on HBO in the States, the Estate sued HBO and its parent company Time Warner for $100 million (around £72 million) claiming the documentary constitutes a breach of a non-disparagement clause in a 1992 contact, that was signed by HBO when they aired the Dangerous tour.

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James also alleged abuse as a child (Credit: Channel 4/HBO)
James also alleged abuse as a child (Credit: Channel 4/HBO)

The provisions previously saw HBO promise that "they will not make any disparaging remarks concerning Performer or any of his representatives, agents, or business practices or do any act that may harm or disparage or cause to lower in esteem the reputation or public image of Performer."

The complaint read: "Michael Jackson is innocent. Period.

"In 2005, Michael Jackson was subjected to a trial - where rules of evidence and law were applied before a neutral judge and jury and where both sides were heard - and he was exonerated by a sophisticated jury.

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"Ten years after his passing, there are still those out to profit from his enormous worldwide success and take advantage of his eccentricities.

Michael Jackson died in 2009 ahead of his This Is It Tour (Credit: PA Images)
Michael Jackson died in 2009 ahead of his This Is It Tour (Credit: PA Images)

"Michael is an easy target because he is not here to defend himself, and the law does not protect the deceased from defamation, no matter how extreme the lies are."

HBO denied claims of a breach of contract and filed an anti-SLAPP motion (strategic lawsuit against public participation) against the estate as they felt the they were trying to censor the documentary.

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Jackson died in 2009 following a cardiac arrest.

Tyla has reached out to Netflix to find out whether Leaving Neverland will also be streaming in the US.

Featured Image Credit: HBO/Channel 4

Topics: Music, Celebrity News, TV News, TV & Film, Documentary, Netflix

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