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Wade Robson details Michael Jackson's abuse in 'Leaving Neverland'

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An Australian backup dancer has claimed that Michael Jackson raped him for seven years as a child in a shocking new documentary, Leaving Neverland

The film which is set to premiere at The Sundance Film Festival narrows in on sexual abuse allegations against the King of Pop and prominently features Australian Wade Robson and another accuser, James Safechuck, who are both now in their 30s.

Robson previously sued the Jackson estate for over $2.1 billion alleging that the singer sexually abused him from the age of seven to 14 at which point he "lost interest" in him. However according to The Sun, in 2013 the case was dismissed when the judge ruled that the estate could not be held accountable for the singer's alleged actions.

 In 2005, Jackson was acquitted of child molestation charges even after Safechuck and Robson recounted how they had both slept in the pop star's bed as boys on a number of occasions.

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Vince Finaldi, who represents both accusers, said that the both of their stories are credible and that the court cases are currently under appeal as they were merely dismissed for technical reasons.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Finaldi said, "There were never any rulings to the court as to their testimony. We stand by our clients, and we believe them, and we fully expect them to be vindicated."

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The film which is produced and directed by award-winner Dan Reed describes in detail the relationship that Jackson had with both boys when they were 7 and 10 and how it has affected them to this day.

"Through gut-wrenching interviews with the now-adult men and their families, 'Leaving Neverland' crafts a portrait of sustained exploitation and deception, documenting the power of celebrity that allowed a revered figure to infiltrate the lives of starstruck children and their parents," reads the synopsis.

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The Jackson estate issued a statement which slammed the film as "just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations."

"Wade Robson and James Safechuck have both testified under oath that Michael never did anything inappropriate toward them," read the statement. "This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson."

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit their website. In an emergency, call 000.

 

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