A documentary airing tonight on HBO details new sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson
A new HBO documentary on Michael Jackson set to air Sunday night features the accusations of two men who claim the late pop icon sexually assaulted them when they were children.
“Leaving Neverland” tells the stories of James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who allege the legendary singer sexually abused them separately as children. The four-hour documentary will air on HBO in two parts, the first Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, and part two Monday night. Both parts will be available for streaming on HBO Now and HBO Go starting Sunday night.
In the documentary, Safechuck, now 37, said he first met Jackson while filming a Pepsi commercial around the time of his 9th birthday. Robson, now 41, said he met the singer after winning a dance contest when he was 5 years old. The men allege Jackson sexually abused them at his Neverland ranch after developing friendships with each.
On Tuesday, director Dan Reed told “CBS This Morning” the film is not “about Michael Jackson.”
“It’s a film about Wade Robson and James Safechuck, two little boys to whom this dreadful thing happened long ago. It’s the story of their coming to terms with that over two decades and the story of their families,” Reed said. “As far as including other eyewitnesses to that, there was no one else in the room, I don’t believe, when Wade was being molested by Michael or when James was having sex with Michael.”