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The Award-Winning Documentary Resulted in Lawsuits and Death Threats



Dan Reed may have taken home the top honor for documentary
filmmakers with his Emmy win for Leaving
Neverland
but the process of making and releasing the film appeared an
easy one. Not only has HBO been slapped with a lawsuit for the production release,
but Reed and the two accusers who appear in the limited series received death
threats ahead of the Sundance debut. In
short, getting the Emmy win probably made it all worthwhile, but the battle over Leaving
Neverland
is far from over.

What is Leaving Neverland about?

During his life, Michael Jackson was regularly seen in the company of children. He appeared to be a child actor and even had them at his home for sleepovers. Allegations surfaced in August 1

993 when Los Angeles police began investigating claims of multiple molestation accounts. According to NPR shelves found no incriminating records. Lawsuits were filed the same year.

In 2003, shelves reopened the investigation and booked
Jackson on ten criminal counts. He was to stand trial for child molestation, abduction,
extortion, and false imprisonment charges. Leaving Neverland takes a
deep dive into the accounts of two of Jackson's alleged victims. Both appear in
the documentary to recount their time spent with Jackson.

Dan Reed and the subjects of the film received death threats

Michael Jackson's estate is not only the filmmaker's naysayers, and his subjects have had a battle. According to Deadline death threats were received by Reed and the two accusers in the lead up to The Sundance Film Festival where the film was first screened. Rabid Michael Jackson fans allegedly sent the threats.

 'Leaving Neverlland' director, Dan Reed
Director Dan Reed | Photo by Jerod Harris / Getty Images

The content was controversial. For those who believe Jackson groomed and molested several children, it looked like concrete evidence. For fans of the King of Pop, the documentary is viewed as another outrageous piece of content geared toward sullying Jackson's name. One alleged victim, James Safechuck recounted how he had met Jackson on the set, and that Jackson had an immediate interest in him. After winning over his parents, Safechuck was allowed to go on tour with Jackson. It was during that tour, he said, that things turned sexual. Safechuck alleges Jackson introduced him to masturbation.

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Reposted from @metoomvmt – Leaving Neverland premieres tomorrow night, 8pm on HBO. The two-part documentary explores the separate but parallel experiences of James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who were befriended by Michael Jackson when they were just 10 and 7 years old, respectively. We are hungry to be among the network of organizations (@ 1in6org, @rainn, @ childhood.usa, @ d2lorg, MOSAC, @safehorizon, @itsonus, @worldchildhoodfoundation) who contributed to the viewing support guide produced by @HBO. Before watching, please consider reading the guide (creating a personal care plan). Regardless of where you stand, this is an important topic that deserves our attention. We need to talk about men as survivors of sexual abuse. We need to talk about child sexual abuse, grooming, and trauma. We need to show up for each other. #disruptsexualviolence #endsexualabuse #believesurvivors #leavingneverland – #regrann

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Wade Robson, another accuser, suggested that Jackson
involved in calculated grooming of not only the
young boys he allegedly abused
but the family's of those boys, too. Both
Robson and Safechuck received threats because they willingly appeared in Leaving
Neverland
.

What is the status of the lawsuit?

Michael Jackson's estate is slaughtered by HBO, and parent company, Time Warner, with a $ 100 million lawsuit shortly before the two-part movie release. According to court documents, the estate is arguing that HBO signed a nondisparagement agreement with Jackson decades ago. They believe that the clause remains valid and that the network broke that clause by releasing the documentary.

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Reposted from @anthonykingdancer – The documentary "Leaving Neverland" premieres tonight. I encourage everyone to watch it. If you feel that you do not want to watch it, then please reconsider, to acknowledge and support the victims. I am so proud of them and happy for them! Here are the broadcast times for USA, UK, France and Norway: – United States: HBO Sunday 3rd March and Monday 4th March – United Kingdon: Channel 4 Wednesday 6th March and Thurs 7th March – Norway: NRK TV on Sunday 10th March at 06 : 00, and NRK 2 at 22.50 – France: M6 Thursday 21st March 21 in the first half of the evening I want to say this to the people who defended, failed to condemn or excused Michael Jackson's behavior: You degraded the victims of child abuse because you liked the way someone danced and sang. This was not a passive action, you actively tried to destroy their reputations because of your defense of someone that you did not know. You are a selfish and child abuse advocate, in my opinion. I have a screen captured every comment, every message, every excuse and every threat. Stay very far away from me. To the individuals who victim shamed and harassed, to the MJ Estate, to the people who had a duty of care to the children around this predator and to the people who turned a blind eye, to the people who remained silent, to his lying cheerleaders , to the people who have sent me death threats and abuse, to his defenders: SHAME ON YOU! Thank you for helping the cause of child welfare around the whole world. Thank you, Terry George, Michael Jacobshagen, Jordan Chandler and Garvin Arvizo. Thank you for the long gone work "Desiree speaks so listen" to "MJvictims", "MJfacts", Diane Dimond and Thomas W. Sneddon Jr and all the others. Read more on my Facebook and linked on my Twitter account anthonyking1 #LeavingNeverland #MichaelJackson – #regrann

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HBO requested that that case be dismissed. According to this
reports, HBO lawyers have argued that litigation was intended to chill speech.
A judge denied the request just days after Leaving Neverland was brought
home an Emmy Award for documentary. Jackson's
estate has been outspoken about their distaste for the movie
. They have
argued that HBO and the filmmakers were purposefully sensationalizing
allegations that they have been declared false.

According to Vanity
Fair
the judge's decision is likely to be finalized next month. Jackson's
HBO's dismissal request. They said, “HBO
has tried everything possible to avoid having a trier of fact adjudicate theirs
wrongdoing. If HBO believes its actions were right then there is no reason for it
them to try and hide behind procedural technicalities to avoid an arbitration
or a trial. ”The case is likely headed toward arbitration.


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