An explosive two-part documentary released by international television network HBO, which details the shocking accounts of the sexual abuse two men allegedly suffered as boys at the hands of pop icon Michael Jackson, has fans outraged and disturbed.

The documentary, titled Leaving Neverland, has left many in disbelief, with many now boycotting the popstar’s music as a show of support for the victims.

World-renowned dancer and choreographer Wade Robson, along with James Safechuck – who appeared in a Pepsi advert with Jackson as a child – have come forward to share their harrowing tales of abuse with the world.

Wade Robson pictured with his icon, Michael Jackson, as a child. Source: Twitter

The pair brought civil lawsuits against Jackon’s estate after his death in 2009, but this was thrown out of court in 2017 after the court ruled that the estate could not be held liable for the singer’s actions or behaviour.

James Safechuck and Michael Jackson photographed on a plane. Source: Facebook

During a sit-down interview with CBS This Morning, four members of the Jackson family – Jackie, Tito, Marlon, and Michael Jackson’s nephew Taj – denied the allegations. “I know Michael. I’m the oldest brother. I know my brother. I know what he stood for, what he was all about, bringing the world together, making kids happy,” Jackie said.

 

 

Many international radio stations have now banned the popstar’s songs from being featured on their playlists, including several stations in Canada and New Zealand.

In a statement, one New Zealand radio station, MediaWorks, said, “Michael Jackson isn’t currently on any MediaWorks Radio stations’ playlists. This is a reflection of our audiences and their preferences – it is our job to ensure our radio stations are playing the music people want to hear.”

Fans have taken to social media to share their opinions on the documentary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture: Twitter

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.