Channel 4 and HBO have announced a new co-production documentary that will explore the accusations of sexual abuse that Michael Jackson received in 1993.
From award-winning director Dan Reed (This World), Leaving Neverland (w/t) documents the accounts from James Safechuck and Wade Robson as they describe the sexual abuse they went through as children by Michael Jackson.
At the time of the allegations, Safechuck was 10 years-old and Robson was seven as they were befriended by Jackson during the height of the music star’s career.
Now in their thirties and with children of their own, Safechuck and Robson confront the trauma from their childhood through hard-hitting interviews, including with their parents, siblings and wives.
“It took great courage for these two men to tell their stories and I have no question about their validity,” said Reed.
“I believe anyone who watches this film will see and feel the emotional toll on the men and their families and will appreciate the strength it takes to confront long-held secrets.”
The series will also try to understand the complex emotions that led Safechuck and Robson to break their silence against such a powerful figure.
Tom Porter, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor who ordered the documentary, added that “Channel 4 is immensely proud to have commissioned this film and created the opportunity for James’ and Wade’s experiences to be so sensitively told.”
The two-part documentary is expected to air on Channel 4 and HBO in spring 2019.