The Australian choreographer Wade Robson (1982) was as a child, already a gifted dancer and was in contact with Michael Jackson. Jimmy Safechuck (1978), currently computer, and played with Michael Jackson in a Pepsi-advertising film and became so with him friends. Both men were in the late 80's when 7 - and 10-year-old included in the entourage of Jackson. Together with their family, they were invited to his domain, Neverland, and they went with the pop star on tour. Their parents were blinded by the glamour and the luxury, and did not see how their children for many years, manipulated and abused by Jackson.Read also the New documentary Michael Jackson soaks severe reactions: viewers deserted premiered in shock Misused
In the documentary to talk to Robson and Safechuck open and often quite explicit about the way in which they by Jackson tricked and abused. They also tell how difficult the later was for them to see what really happened. For a long time have they for themselves and the outside world, suppressed and denied. Out of reverence and respect for their idol. Now they themselves are the father of young children, they find that they can no longer remain silent. Also their mothers, wives and other relatives come to the word. They tell a gripping story about the impact of abuse and the complex feelings that the men may be charged to eventually face up to their experiences.
‘Leaving Neverland’ was on 25 January premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and did very shore created a buzz of attention. The relatives of Jackson condemned the documentary for the first impression. The premiere was attended by Robson and Safechuck. The two men were given a standing ovation, but also threats from Jackson fans. Other fans felt that their opinion about Jackson had to be revised, maybe not as an artist but as a human being.