"Everyone wanted to be Michael or with Michael. And then he likes you.“ James is safe, and Chuck is sitting in a dimly lit room and told in front of the camera, as he learned as a small Boy, Michael Jackson - and how he then abused. Ten years after Jackson's tragic death, the documentary "Leaving Neverland puts" the once most famous pop star in the world back in the headlines.
New evidence to the old abuse allegations against Jackson in the Film from Director Dan Reed. But since he celebrated at the end of January at the Sundance film festival in Utah, Premiere, flared up the dispute over the legacy of the Stars. On Sunday and Monday, HBO shows, the documentation now, against fierce resistance from Jackson's estate administrators. The pay-TV broadcaster digs in the American night a theme-from the TV, the rail, not least out of respect for Jackson and his family - actually, a thing of the past.
The Film offers more questions than answers, because Jackson was convicted in spite of multiple allegations never. In 1993, a 13-year-old Boy was declared to be in Jackson's bedroom, the victim of sexual Assault. The Star denied the consistently agreed with the boy's family, then to a severance payment in the millions. Similar accusations of a teenager led in 2005 to a "century" process, which ended with Jackson's triumphant acquittal on all charges.
Also with regard to the statements of the dancer and choreographer Wade Robson graphs remain in "Leaving Neverland". Robson claimed as safe Chuck, of Jackson, in the age of the child having been abused - in process in California, in the Santa Maria, he had defended the singer, however, and under oath, from the pedophilia is suspected of being washed clean. In support of his amended statement, he said that the "King of Pop" have him subjected to at the time, a kind of brainwashing.
"He told me that if our behavior is ever known, we come to both of them for the Rest of our lives in prison," explains Robson in the Film. Visits to Jackson's Neverland-Ranch was "like from the fairy tale". "The days were filled adventures with a magical Childhood - playing Catch, watching movies, junk food, everything," recalls safe Chuck, who now works as a computer programmer.
Jackson's executors had resisted violently against the charisma - in vain. In a suit for $ 100 million (88 million euros) in damages against HBO they throw a filmmaker, Reed, "to violate every rule of responsible journalism and documentaries," because he's Jackson's family sought neither the estate Manager nor in front of the camera. Reed replied that he didn't want to let eye-witnesses speak. The family could not speak about what had happened to Robson and safe Chuck.An aerial photo of the Neverland Ranch, which belonged to Michael Jackson. (Archive image 2003)photo: Frazer Harrison/getty images north america/AFP
"Frightening and unforgettable" by the New Yorker in the four-hour-long documentation and summarizes the Dilemma of the spectators, the two contradictory but compelling principles that unite would have to call the Victims one should believe - and Accused the presumption of innocence applies.
In the documentation of abuse allegations about the far less well-known R&B singer R. Kelly at the beginning of January had switched to 2.1 million people. On Sunday and Monday, it could be significantly more. Fans and spectators will form their own judgment. Help you get out of Talk Übermutter Oprah Winfrey, whose special broadcast, "After Neverland" with Reed, safety Deposit box Chuck and Robson is intended to be run directly following the second part on Monday.
Financially, much is at stake, even ten years after Jackson died of an anesthetic Overdose. Be discount the "Forbes"magazine, since his death, adjusted for inflation on profits of 2.1 billion dollars (1.8 billion euros). The "Cirque du Soleil"Show Jackson in Las Vegas has been running for six years, in 2020, a Jackson to start a Musical on Broadway. Will survive these Shows, when the Image of the star is converted posthumously?More about
the estate of Michael Jackson for sale farewell to the Neverland RanchWolfgang Prosinger
A note that the mark Jackson could already have suffered, and shows the futile search for a buyer for the "Sycamore Valley Ranch" renamed Neverland-site. Meanwhile, it is for 31 million dollars (27 million euros) on the market - compared to the original selling price from 2015, with 70 percent discount. (Johannes Schmitt-Tegge, dpa)