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Ofcom Rejects Complaints About Michael Jackson Documentary 'Leaving Neverland'

Ofcom Rejects Complaints About Michael Jackson Documentary 'Leaving Neverland'

Leaving Neverland has easily become one of the most talked about documentaries of the year so far, but not everyone agrees with it.

Some people have been so put off by the two-part film, which accuses Michael Jackson of child sex abuse, they've complained to Ofcom, the government-backed TV regulator in the UK.

Since its release, Ofcom has received 230 complaints that Leaving Neverland was biased, and should not have been aired by Channel 4. Fans of the late pop singer said the documentary ignored that Jackson's estate has denied the accusations. They also said it didn't highlight the fact he was cleared of child sex offences while he was alive.

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However, Ofcom has decided not to investigate the complaints, on the grounds they "clearly presented as personal testimonies."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"We understand that this two-part documentary gave rise to strong opinions from viewers," the watchdog explained in a statement. "In our view, the allegations were very clearly presented as personal testimonies and it was made clear that the Jackson family rejects them."

Michael Jackson with Wade Robson. Credit: HBO
Michael Jackson with Wade Robson. Credit: HBO

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Michael Jackson's family have maintained his innocence in a letter to the Associated Press, writing: "I think we can all agree that the false allegations being made in your 'documentary' are 'significant allegations'.

"It is hard to imagine more significant accusations that can possibly be made against anyone."

Michael Jackson with James Safechuck. Credit: Channel 4
Michael Jackson with James Safechuck. Credit: Channel 4

The documentary, directed and produced by British filmmaker Dan Reed, hears form Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who both allege they were sexually abused by Jackson as children.

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Since its release, there has been an international backlash against the late singer, prompting a reassessment of his legacy.

Leaving Neverland is available to stream on Channel 4 On Demand now.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4/Leaving Neverland

Topics: TV News, TV Entertainment, Michael Jackson

Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at Tyla. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on [email protected]