A new documentary film, “Leaving Neverland," scheduled to air on HBO Sunday and Monday, is turning public attention back to sexual abuse allegations made against the late "King of Pop" Michael Jackson.
The movie focuses on two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who not only knew Jackson in the nineties when they were children but whom also defended him while he when he was accused of molesting other kids. Both Robson and Safechuck later came forward with their own abuse allegations of the singer after he died.
The Los Angeles Police Department began investigating Jackson in 1993 after the father of the then-13-year-old Jordan "Jordy" Chandler’s accused him of molesting Chandler, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time.
According to the lawsuit, obtained and published by the Smoking Gun in 2003, Chandler claimed that in 1992 the singer began calling him and talking to him on the phone for hours before inviting the boy to visit the Neverland Ranch in 1993. He said he began going to the home regularly and sleeping in the same bed with Jackson and that Jackson molested him on numerous occasions. According to Chandler, Jackson would not only sexually abuse him, but would also cry when he felt rejected by the boy. Chandler also claimed that Jackson molested other children.
Jackson vehemently denied these accusations.
Back in 1993, Safechuck, who was just starting to go through puberty, claimed he met with Jackson’s lawyers and rehearsed questions and testimony so he could give a witness statement to police to help Jackson during the Chandler case, according to the Los Angeles Times. Robson, then 11, was also subpoenaed to testify in Chandler’s case against Jackson and he now claims that he was coaxed into denying sexual abuse during his testimony, according to the Los Angeles Times. Both reportedly gave statements in favor for Jackson but what they said exactly to authorities has not been publicly released.
However, in a 1993 interview with CNN, Robson said directly into the camera, "We sleep in the same bed. We’re both fully dressed—[in] pajamas. It’s a huge bed. He sleeps on one side. I sleep on the other," according to the Daily Beast.
By 1994, Jackson settled with the Chandlers and agreed to pay them millions out of court, according to a 2003 CNN report.
Robson later also testified in favor for Jackson during his 2005 molestation trial. Jackson was acquitted during that trial.
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Robson and Safechuck filed lawsuits in 2013 and 2014, alleging sexual abuse, which were later dismissed because too much time had passed between the legal filings and the allegations. Now, they are coming forward to again make some of the very allegations that Chandler made.
“One of the ways I remember it starting is Michael just sort of starting to touch my legs and touch my crotch over my pants,” Robson recently said on “CBS This Morning.” “It progressed to him performing oral sex on me, him showing me how to perform oral sex on him.”
The Jackson family has denied the allegations and has denounced Robson and Safechuck as both "opportunists" and "admitted liars,” according to CBS. His estate attempting to sue HBO for a $100 million for disparagement, citing a 1992 contract with the entertainer.
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