Michael Jackson's Family Release Counter Documentary
Michael Jackson's family has released a 30 minute-long counter documentary in response to Leaving Neverland, which saw two men - Wade Robson and James Safechuck - allege that they were sexually abused by the late singer as children.
The new documentary, which the Jackson estate has called Neverland Firsthand - sees family and friends hit back at the accusations put against MJ in the HBO and Channel 4's four hour-long, two-part series.
Jackson's family were quick to defend the singer in the wake of the HBO/Channel 4 documentary, stressing that the paedophilia allegations were 'false'. The Jackson estate described HBO's series as a "public lynching", calling it "yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson".
And Neverland Firsthand includes interviews with "those closest to the situation" and family members of the 'King of Pop'. It says it sheds light on details "excluded" from the HBO mini-series.
The synopsis for the counter-documentary reads: "Neverland Firsthand: Investigating The Michael Jackson Documentary is a mini-documentary which further explores allegations made in HBO's Leaving Neverland, that the King of Pop sexually abused two young boys.
"Through interviews with those closest to the situation, as well as members of Jackson's family, the film sheds light on information that was excluded from HBO's broadcast."
The documentary features the singer's niece, Brandi Jackson, who says she was in a relationship with Wade for seven years.
She urges him to "stop" making allegations against her uncle, saying: "He needs to stop. I don't care what his reasoning is, these lies need to stop.
"My uncle took care of him, and did very well by him and his family. And he knows that."
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Giving her reasons why she felt her name wasn't mentioned in Leaving Neverland, the photographer said: "I'm not surprised. It completely discredits what he's saying.
"He's saying that he was in a relationship with my uncle, that they were in love, and that they were having a relationship.
"He's saying that my uncle kept him from women, which is not true... my uncle put us together, it would discredit the things he is trying to claim and I find it fascinating that he is trying to erase ten years of his life."
Brandi went on to allege: "He [Wade] has always been a bit of an opportunist; he knows how to position himself into different situations that will benefit him in a financial way."
Michael's nephew, Taj Jackson, who previously set up a crowdfunding page to raise funds to put towards the creation of a counter documentary, also appears.
Taj offered an explanation why he believes his uncle had been sued so many times throughout his lifetime: "When you have a certain niceness, people take advantage of it."
"There's loads of those already," he began. "This is not going to be a puff piece. It's not going to be, 'Oh, let's show Michael Jackson the humanitarian.' This is about exposing all the things that have been mustering for 20, 30 years, you know?
"It's going to start off with the 1993 allegations because I think that's where everything started," he explained, referring to the sexual abuse accusations made against MJ by the father of 13-year-old Jordan "Jordy" Chandler.
Also starring is Michael's longtime technical director Brad Sundberg, who says: "Not in a million years did I ever see a child around Michael Jackson that looked like they had been distressed, hurt, abused."
Wade's lawyer issued a statement in reference to Brandi's comments about their relationship, saying: "Ms Jackson was not with Wade and Michael Jackson when the sexual abuse occurred, and as such, she has nothing relevant to say about the topic."
Featured Image Credit: HBO/Channel 4
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