HBO Documentary 'Leaving Neverland' Airs, With Strong Reactions

Here's who has joined Chris Evans in switching from Radio 2 to Virgin

Here's who has joined Chris Evans in switching from Radio 2 to Virgin

Part one of the controversial Michael Jackson documentary, "Leaving Neverland", premiered Sunday on HBO, and sent the internet into an uproar with viewers - and celebs - taking to Twitter to voice their reactions to the allegations made in the film.

Leaving Neverland features new Michael Jackson abuse allegations that have had the entertainment world in an uproar since the project was announced.

The two men said they regularly spent hours on the phone talking to Jackson, with one of them comparing the conversations to when you first start "dating" someone.

To his adoring public, and for a time to the children he famously befriended, Michael Jackson was an eternally childlike Peter Pan.

Now, when I say it should be experienced by "someone like me", I mean someone who possesses a curiosity toward the subject matter, a more-than-casual exposure to Jackson's music, and a lack of any past trauma that the documentary might re-trigger.

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Safechuck, who met Jackson when he was cast in the star's 1986 Pepsi commercial, claims Jackson taught him how to masturbate, while Robson, who met Jackson when he was just 5 years old, says the star performed oral sex on him and kissed him.

Yashar Ali, a prominent journalist and social media influencer, was among those slamming Jackson's fans who were defending his actions.

He then suggested Robson and Safechuck were looking for a payday or retribution for "abandonment" by Jackson. He also had an Indian fort with like tepees so we would lay down sleeping and have snacks and have sexual relations there.

The actor, who is now an ambassador for the organization Child USA, insisted he only has "fond" memories of Jackson said God will be the judge of Robson and Safechuck. Robson stated in the film that his family contacted Jackson two years later, whereupon they received an invitation to the Neverland Ranch. Michael asked: 'Do you and the family want to come to Neverland?' He started calling me apple head. "This is how we show love". But he added, "And he also sexually abused me for seven years".

The BBC has not made an official announcement of Jackson songs being dropped but according to radio monitoring reports the last time a Jackson song was played on BBC2 was "Rock With You" on 23 February 2019.

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