How to watch Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland as UK premiere date is finally confirmed

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MICHAEL Jackson’s private life is set to be investigated in a controversial new documentary called Leaving Neverland on Channel 4.

But when is it going to be aired and what exactly is the Michael Jackson doc about exactly? Here’s everything you need to know…

A new Michael Jackson documentary is set to air on Channel 4
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How can I watch Leaving Neverland?

The documentary Leaving Neverland will air on Channel 4 on March 6 and 7 in two parts.

It will start at 9pm on both nights.

The programme will also be screened in the US on HBO at around the same time.

The documentary had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2019.

Leaving Neverland has been slammed by Michael Jackson’s family
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What is Leaving Neverland about?

The two-part film, made by British filmmaker Dan Reed, contains interviews with two men who claim they were abused by Jackson when they were children.

The documentary details claims from Wade Robson, a choreographer who says Jackson began abusing him when he was 7, and James Safechuck, a former child actor who says the singer began molesting him when he was 10.

The documentary was branded a “horror film” after the four-hour film’s debut revealed gruesome accounts from two of Jacko’s alleged victims who are now in their 30s.

Leaving Neverland left audience members shocked with graphic abuse claims including how he allegedly gave a young boy jewellery in exchange for sex acts.

Amy Kaufman, LA Times Hollywood writer, said: “Incredibly emotional reaction from the audience after #LeavingNeverland.

“One audience member says he was molested as a child and that Robson and Safechuck “are going to do a lot more f***ing good in the world than Michael f***ing Jackson.”

The King of Pop Michael Jackson died in 2009
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What has Michael Jackson’s family said about the documentary?

Representatives for Jackson’s estate issued a statement condemning the documentary.

Speaking to the website TMZ, representatives from the estate said the film was “another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson … just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations. It’s baffling why any credible film-maker would involve himself with this project”.

After viewing the film at Sundance Festival, the estate called the documentary “tabloid character assassination”.

Jackson’s Estate has slammed as “disgraceful” the contentious Leaving Neverland documentary that claims he molested boys.

The estate’s lawyer has sent a 10-page letter to HBO boss Richard Plepler, criticising the two-part film as “one-sided and a disgrace”.

The controversial documentary features fresh abuse claims by former childhood fans of the Thriller singer.

These include accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who said they suffered abuse in Jacko’s enormous California mansion he dubbed Neverland.


When did Michael Jackson die?

Jackson’s personal physician Conrad Murray said he found the singer in bed and not breathing on the afternoon of June 25, 2009.

The pop legend had been rehearsing past midnight on the night of June 24, ahead of a series of comeback concerts at the London O2 Arena, and had not left his bedroom in the morning.

After trying to revive Jackson for five to ten minutes without effect, Murray called paramedics who performed CPR on the singer for 42 minutes at his house in the Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, before he was taken to the hospital.

The ambulance arrived at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre at 1.14pm, and Jackson was pronounced dead after over an hour of attempted resuscitation at 2.26pm.

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