Protestors will demonstrate against the UK broadcast of Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland today (March 6), it has been reported.
The two-part, four-hour film documents the sexual abuse allegations made against the late pop star by Wade Robson and James Safechuck. Both men say Jackson abused them as boys. Jackson’s estate have denied the allegations, while a civil suit relating to the claims was thrown out by a judge in 2017, who ruled the estate could not be held liable for the singer’s behaviour.
Channel 4’s Jasmine Dotiwala has reported that protestors are planning to demonstrate against the HBO documentary being aired in the UK. The first part is set to be broadcast on Channel 4 at 9pm today, with the second part to follow at the same time on Thursday (March 7).
“UK TV News teams,” Dotiwala wrote on Twitter last night. “Here’s an easy bit of footage for you to grab tomorrow. Michael Jackson documentary protesters will be demonstrating from noon-3pm tmrw from Westminster to @Channel4.”
A Facebook page for the event encouraged fans to “Boycott releasing of disgusting documentary Leaving Neverland in UK TV and show public the true Angelic Beauty of MICHAEL J JACKSON.” At the time of writing, 290 people had clicked attending, while 1,600 had marked themselves interested.
The event was shown as having been created by a page called Michael Jackson’s Children United Worldwide – Hospital Fund.
Channel 4 have refused to pull the upcoming broadcast of Leaving Neverland, despite demands from the singer’s estate. In a statement released earlier this month, a spokesperson said message from fans and the estate had not changed their “commitment to airing the documentary.”
Last month, the late pop star’s estate filed a lawsuit against HBO for $100 million (£76.7 million), claiming that the film violates a non-disparagement clause in a contract the network entered into with the star in 1992. The lawsuit states that when the channel aired Michael Jackson In Concert In Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour, it agreed to a clause that barred them from disparaging Jackson in any future programming.