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'Leaving Neverland': 7 Disturbing Allegations Against Michael Jackson in HBO Documentary


The low-key presentation of HBO's documentary Leaving Neverland belies the weight of the allegations its subjects, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, make against Michael Jackson.


Jackson's estate has denied the allegations made by Robson and Safechuck, and is suing HBO for $100 million, claiming the cable outlet violated a non-disparagement clause in a contract for a 1992 concert special.


Both Joy Robson, Wade's mother, and Stephanie Safechuck, James' mom, say Jackson for a time felt like another son to them.


His childlike persona and, the documentary implies, the overwhelming nature of his fame helped convince the families that Wade and James would be safe in his company.


As Safechuck tells it, Jackson's Santa Barbara County property had several spaces where he took the boy for sexual encounters, from a room adjacent to the main house's home theater to a bedroom above the theme park's train stations.


One of Leaving Neverland 's most powerful moments comes about 90 minutes into part one, when Safechuck recounts how Jackson used the boy's love of jewelry against him, including buying him a wedding ring to cement their commitment to one another.






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