The world has been understandably shocked by the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, which delves into accusations that Michael Jackson was a child sexual abuser.
Alleged abusers have come forward and to claim what the King of Pop did to them when they were just kids. It’s prompted swift reaction from around the world, including dividing fans, radio stations banning his music and statues of the singer being removed.
But people within Jackson’s inner circle don’t want Leaving Neverland to stand on its own without being challenged. MJ’s nephew Taj says he’s going to release a documentary of his own, picking apart the different aspects claimed in the HBO special as well as go into detail how the ‘Beat It’ singer went through various trials by police.
Speaking with NME, Taj said: “It’s going to start off with the 1993 allegations because I think that’s where everything started. So it’s going to start there.
“It’s going to talk about the settlement in terms of the civil suit and why he settled. At one point he was very against settling and angry and then gave in. So why did he do that? So it’s going to talk about all of that. 1993/1994 to 2005 are the big parts of his life.
“So 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.”
Taj is hoping to be able to speak to the people who have accused Jackson of child sexual abuse and challenge their version of events – provided that they want to speak with him.
Jackson’s daughter Paris recently revealed how the allegations have been weighing on her.
The 20-year-old wrote on Twitter: “Yeah they do that to everyone with a good heart and tries to make a difference but do you really think that it’s possible to tear his name down? Like do you truly believe they stand a chance? Relax and have peace.”
Many viewers took to Twitter to share their disgust following the documentary, with countless people claiming to have been made to feel physically sick by the allegations.
One person said: “I was so excited to watch #LeavingNeverland but now I’m not sure why. I feel physically sick watching these two brave men give such a graphic description of the abuse they experienced from someone the world idolised.”
Another said: “Feel physically sick watching this and hearing this. Knowing I have a little boy and knowing these boys went through this is sickening.”
Protests have taken place outside Channel 4’s offices, with fans disregarding the claims as a ‘scam’, implying the men were trying to make money form the show, and that no hard evidence was found when the FBI raided his home.
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