A lot of upsetting details about Jackson's relationship with James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who were children at the time, surfaced in the first two hours of the film, including one story about how Jackson staged a mock wedding with Safechuck.
The chronological, straight-forward style of Leaving Neverland feels like a self-conscious attempt to carefully strip the story of its lurid, tabloid qualities.
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One livid fan even suggested the Jackson estate should pursue legal action in the wake of the documentary and its allegations.
"He would say that I need to sell him some so I could earn the gift", Safechuck alleged. Speaking to the press after the taping she told them "We're all gonna get it, I'm gonna get it, we're all gonna get it", referring to the criticism from Jackson fans.
Feldman, who is in the process of exposing alleged pedophiles in Hollywood who he claims sexually abused him and others, concedes that the pair deserves to have its voice heard, but its versions of events don't match up with the Jackson he knew. He added, "Me and Michael would be there a lot together, we would go for like a week at a time". The question is whether we'll remember all of Michael Jackson whenever "Rock With You" comes on, not just the dance moves and videos and irresistible hits, but Jackson's own troubled childhood and the enormous damage he caused to children who became close to him later in life. In the trial, Jackson's family noted that at Jackson's 2005 trial, Robson had testified defending Jackson, saying Jackson had never touched him. "We are extremely sympathetic to any legitimate victim of child abuse".