Michael Jackson’s Estate Slams ‘Leaving Neverland’ Emmy Win, Calls It A ‘Farce’

Singer Michael Jackson arrives at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse for the second day of the defense's case in his child molestation trial May 6, 2005 in Santa Maria, California.
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The estate of late singer Michael Jackson has called the Creative Arts Emmy win of the documentary Leaving Neverland a “farce” after the film won a golden statuette in the category of Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special. The film was honored with four nominations at the 71st annual awards show, which is held to recognize technical and other similar achievements in television programming, including guest-acting roles.

Entertainment Tonight reported that the late singer’s estate said in a statement regarding Leaving Neverland‘s Emmy win, “For a film that is a complete fiction to be honored in a nonfiction Emmy category is a complete farce. Not one shred of proof supports this completely one-sided, a so-called documentary which was made in secrecy and for which not one person outside of the two subjects and their families were interviewed.”

The estate of the late singer as well as his family has claimed that the allegations brought forth in the documentary against Jackson were untrue. Leaving Neverland documented the allegations of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claimed that Jackson began inappropriate sexual relationships with them at the ages of seven and 10, respectively. They both also claimed in the documentary that their families were groomed to allow this abuse to occur.

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Reposted from @anthonykingdancer – The documentary "Leaving Neverland" premieres tonight. I encourage everybody to watch it. If you feel that you don't want to watch it, then please reconsider, to acknowledge and support the victims. I am so proud of them and happy for them! Here are the broadcast times for USA, UK, France and Norway: – United States: HBO Sunday 3rd March and Monday 4th March – United Kingdon: Channel 4 Wednesday 6th March and Thurs 7th March – Norway: NRK TV on Sunday 10th March at 06:00, and NRK 2 at 22.50 – France: M6 Thursday 21st March 21 in the first half of the evening I want to say this to the people who defended, failed to condemn or excused Michael Jackson's behaviour: You degraded the victims of child abuse because you liked the way somebody danced and sang. This was not a passive action, you actively attempted to destroy their reputations because of your defence of somebody that you did not know. You are a selfish and a child abuse defender, in my opinion. I have screen captured every comment, every message, every excuse and every threat. Stay very far away from me. To the individuals who victim shamed and harassed, to the MJ Estate, to the people who had a duty of care to the children around this predator and to the people who turned a blind eye, to the people who remained silent, to his lying cheerleaders, to the people who have sent me death threats and abuse, to his defenders: SHAME ON YOU! Thank you for helping the cause of child welfare around the whole world. Thank you, Terry George, Michael Jacobshagen, Jordan Chandler and Garvin Arvizo. Thank you to the work of long gone "‘Desiree speaks so listen’" to "MJvictims", "MJfacts", Diane Dimond and Thomas W. Sneddon Jr and all the others. Read more on my Facebook and linked on my Twitter account anthonyking1 #LeavingNeverland #MichaelJackson – #regrann

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The award was accepted by Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed, who thanked Safechuck and Robson during his acceptance speech on Saturday, September 14. Reed said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that the film’s Emmy win helps to “validate” the controversial piece of filmmaking. He also noted that the allegations against Jackson confront people with a “crime” they didn’t want to know about and “wish” did not exist.

Dan Reed poses with the Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special Award for 'Leaving Neverland' in the press room during the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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The director maintains hope that, rather than Leaving Neverland being seen as a film which reportedly tarnished the reputation of one of the most beloved entertainers of a generation, the stories of Robson and Safechuck will help reported victims of abuse feel validated and courageous enough to open up about their own experiences.

The Inquisitr previously reported that Michael Jackson’s ex-wife, Lisa-Marie Presley, claimed that if the allegations of sexual abuse against children by her former husband were true she would have “hanged” him.

Jackson’s family has maintained that the late singer is innocent of any of the charges lobbied against him in the documentary.

Jackson was previously accused in 1993 of sexually abusing a minor named Jordan Chandler. The singer denied the allegations and later reached a financial settlement for $23 million with the boy’s family. In the documentary titled Living With Michael Jackson, a young boy named Gavin Arvizo was seen holding hands with Jackson. The singer revealed to interviewer Martin Bashir that he and the young boy shared a bed. Shortly after the film aired, charges were brought against the pop superstar after an investigation by the Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services. He was later charged with, among other crimes, child molestation. After going to trial, Jackson was eventually found not guilty of the aforementioned charges.

Biography reported that Jackson died in June of 2009 after suffering cardiac arrest in his Los Angeles home. It was later revealed in a coroner’s report regarding the singer’s death that he died from an overdose on a prescription drug cocktail including the sedatives midazolam, diazepam, and lidocaine.