Channel 4 has released a first trailer for its Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland, which features interviews with two men in their thirties who allege that the late pop star sexually abused them as children.
“Everybody wanted to meet Michael or be with Michael, and you’re just starstruck – and then he likes you,” Safechuck says in the trailer.
“He was one of the kindest people I knew, and he also sexually abused me,” Robson says. “I was seven, seven years old.”
Watch the Leaving Neverland trailer below.
A release from Channel 4 claims that both men chose to break their silence after having sons of their own.
“If there’s anything we’ve learned during this time in our history, it’s that sexual abuse is complicated, and survivors’ voices need to be listened to,” director Reed said in a statement. “It took great courage for these two men to tell their stories and I have no question about their validity. I believe anyone who watches this film will see and feel the emotional toll on the men and their families and will appreciate the strength it takes to confront long-held secrets.”
In 2005, Jackson was acquitted of four charges of molestation of a minor. Robson, one of the subjects of the documentary, testified at the time that the singer had not molested him.
Jackson passed away in 2009.
Leaving Neverland begins on Channel 4 on Wednesday 6th March 2019