Dan Reed, director and producer of Leaving Neverland, is convinced more sexual assault allegations against the King of Pop could be made as a result of his controversial film.
In the compelling film, airing on Channel 4 and HBO next month, Wade Robson and James Safechuck accuse the Thriller singer of molesting them as children at his Neverland ranch.
The pair, now in their 30s and 40s, describe in disturbing detail how Jackson allegedly groomed and sexually abused them over a number of years at the height of his fame.
In one scene, Wade recalls the moment Jackson allegedly told him they would “go to jail for the rest of our lives” if anyone found out about their sexual contact.
Reed claimed what Jackson did to Wade and James was “deliberate, regular sex” during a Q&A session after a screening of the film in London.
Taking questions from journalists, the BAFTA Award-winning filmmaker speculated about the possibility of other alleged victims coming forward after the two-part documentary airs on television on March 6 and 7.
He said he does not believe Wade and James will be “the only ones” to make allegations against Jackson, who died in 2009 aged 50.
“I believe there are many more,” he told reporters at the Everyman Cinema in King’s Cross, London.
“Will they come out or not? I don’t know. It’s something people will do in their own time.”
“I believe there are many more”
Director Dan Reed
Reed, who won a BAFTA for his film The Paedophile Hunter, said Wade and James may prompt others to make sex abuse claims after speaking out.
He said: “It’s a hard thing to tell your parents. It’s a hard thing to share with those around you.
“If they’ve seen the courage that Wade and James have had, even confronted with the might of the Jackson machine … it might encourage them to come forward.”
The documentary features a series of interviews in which Wade and James explain how they were beguiled by Jackson after he befriended them and their families.
Starstruck by his fame, talent and wealth, the pair describe how they and their families become sucked into the complexities of his whirlwind life.
Both accuse him of repeatedly abusing them throughout their childhood and teen years.
They talk about the trauma of keeping the alleged sex abuse a secret until adulthood, when they both made the allegations public.
The pair told authorities Jackson did not abuse them, and Wade, a former choreographer for Britney Spears and NSYNC, famously testified to deny it at his 2005 trial.
Jackson, who was charged with molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo, was acquitted of all charges against him by a jury at the Santa Barbara County Court.
Wade and James were given a standing ovation when the film was previewed at Sundance Festival in January.
Daily Star Online has contacted Howard Weitzman, an attorney who represents Jackson’s estate, for comment about the allegations made in the documentary. He has not responded.
Jackson’s estate released a statement on behalf of his family addressing the claims after the film was screened at Sundance.
“The creators of this film were not interested in the truth,” the family said in a statement.
“They never interviewed a single solitary soul who knew Michael except the two perjurers and their families. That is not journalism, and it’s not fair, yet the media are perpetuating these stories.
“But the truth is on our side. Go do your research about these opportunists. The facts don’t lie, people do. Michael Jackson was and always will be 100% innocent of these false allegations.”