This Sunday, HBO will raise the vomit factor by airing Leaving Neverland, the two-part documentary that tells the story of two men who claim that Michael Jackson sexually abused them as boys. That’s the same documentary that the Jackson Estate is suing over. Michael Jackson’s brothers are, I guess, doing some last-minute damage control, because they sat down with Gayle King for CBS This Morning.
The documentary, which debuted at Sundance, includes two of his accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck. The Wrap reports that Michael’s brothers Marlon, Jackie and Tito along with his nephew Taj talked about the accusations and documentary with Gayle, and at first glance I was confused thinking to myself “Why is she interviewing The Temptations?”
The Jackson Family again trashed (director) Dan Reed’s upcoming doc, saying that the filmmaker never reached out to them for their side of the story. They also believe that former M.J. collaborators Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who now accuse the late King of Pop of sexually abusing them, are liars and opportunists.
“If Neverland was so horrifying for him, why would you keep going back?” Michael’s brother Marlon asked about Robson.
Both Robson and Safechuck previously said under oath that Michael Jackson never molested them. Since Michael’s passing, both have changed their stories.
The Jackson Family have a theory as to why.
“It’s always been about money,” Michael’s nephew Taj said. “It’s almost like they see a blank check.”
Dan Reed slapped back at the Jacksons by saying he didn’t reach out to them because the story was never about them or Michael. He wanted to keep the focus on Wade and James. That’s a nice cover Dan, but we all know the real reason he didn’t reach out to the Jacksons is because Detective La Toya would have hit him with a quick right hook to the jaw.
The Hollywood Reporter adds that Oprah Winfrey will interview both James and Wade during an hour-long special lined up on March 4th after Part 2 of Leaving Neverland concludes.
The special, titled Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland, will be taped before an audience that includes survivors of sexual abuse. The one-hour special will air simultaneously on HBO and OWN on March 4 at 10 p.m. immediately following the second and final part of the two-night Leaving Neverland.
I think I’m ready to moonwalk off the planet thanks to Leaving Neverland and the R. Kelly stories. Oh March, please be nothing but stories of leprechauns and breakfast beer buffets because this has been the worse Black History Month ever.
Check out Gayle King’s interview with the eerily identical Jacksons below.