Published: Fri, March 08, 2019
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Oprah Winfrey to Interview Michael Jackson Accusers in 'Leaving Neverland' Special

Oprah Winfrey to Interview Michael Jackson Accusers in 'Leaving Neverland' Special

After Neverland will see Oprah Winfrey in conversation with Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the subjects of the HBO doc. Robson and Safechuck, now in their 30s, accused Jackson of sexual abuse when they were 10 and seven-years-old, respectively.

"After Neverland" will air Monday on both OWN and HBO, immediately after the second part of "Leaving Neverland".

Oprah Winfrey is taking on the controversy over HBO's Michael Jackson documentary "Leaving Neverland".

"I don't care to see it", Jackie said.

Director Dan Reed has said it would have pointless to talk to people who had no reason to know what Jackson had done with these children.

"Well, see-when you phrased that, you know, "sharing" his bed, young kids have sleepovers, camp out and just everybody in the bed and fall asleep", he explained.

HBO said in a statement however it would go ahead with the four-hour documentary and "allow everyone the opportunity to assess the film and the claims in it for themselves".

The singer's brothers and nephew Taj, who spent years as a child at Neverland, say the accusations are untrue, hurtful and motivated by money. Throughout the interview, they suggested that Jackson's accusers are motivated by money and are only making their claims now because Michael is no longer alive.

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After the meeting, Wilson-Raybould says she is still talking to her lawyer about what she can and can't say publicly. Does he still believe he and others around the Prime Minister, and the Prime Minister himself, have done no wrong?

"Michael's not here to defend himself", Jermaine Jackson, another older brother, told "CBS This Morning".

During Michael's trial, Robson swore under oath that the pop star had never harmed him, though he now says he lied on the stand because he wanted to protect Michael.

Safechuck, now 40, who met the pop icon filming a Pepsi advert around his ninth birthday added: 'Yeah, I mean, it's all the same. And I think that was the thing, is that his naivety was his downfall in a way.

"No, because I know my brother". But when you're actually there in that atmosphere, and you're around it, and you're watching movies, yes, with his kids.

Since then, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the two men who testified in defense of Michael Jackson during his court case over ten years ago, came out and revealed their stories once again, however, this time, they had a different perspective. The Jackson estate also filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO and Time Warner, claiming that the network violated a non-disparagement clause from a 1992 contract.

Winfrey interviewed their alleged abuser in 1993, before any molestation allegations arose against Jackson, and has since seemed sympathetic towards him, Vanity Fair reports.

Members of Jackson's family have sought to block HBO from airing the documentary.

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