Leaving Neverland Director Reacts To Attacks By Michael Jackson’s Estate

Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed hit back at Michael Jackson’s estate and family for condemning the screening of the documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. Reed’s film follows two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege that they were sexually abused by the music legend when they were children. “‘Leaving Neverland’ isn’t a documentary, it is the kind of tabloid character assassination Michael Jackson endured in life, and now in death,” Jackson’s estate said in a statement, while the family called Reed and the film’s two accusers “opportunists.” Reed said MJ’S Estate and family came out in protest because “They have a very precious asset to protect.” “Every time a song plays, a cash register goes ‘ka-ching.’ I t doesn’t surprise me that they’ve come out fighting in defense of their asset,” says the film’s director. Reed said he didn’t characterize Jackson at all in the film. “I think if you watch it you’ll have noticed that it’s a story about these two families and Jackson is an element of that story. But I don’t seek to characterize him at all,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t comment on Jackson. It’s not a film about Michael,” Reed added. “The film itself is an account of sexual abuse, how sexual abuse happens and then how the consequences play out later in life.” Copyright(c) 2019 RTTNews.com. All Rights ReservedLess «

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