An addition to the 2019 Sundance Film Festival lineup is sure to cause some controversy.
“Leaving Neverland” is a documentary based on the experiences of two men who were allegedly sexually abused by Michael Jackson.
The men were seven and 10 years old, respectively, when they first met Jackson. They are now in their 30s and open up about their alleged interactions with the iconic singer.
Jackson’s estate was in an uproar over the festival’s decision to include “Leaving Neverland”. A representative for the estate reportedly told TMZ, “This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson.”
The “so-called documentary is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations,” the estate continued. “It’s baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project.”
The Jackson documentary will premiere alongside the new Steve Bannon documentary “The Brink”. Sundance Film Festival runs from January 24 to February 4 in Park City, Utah.