BAFTA Award-winning Dan Reed has sent a blunt message to people he says are in an MJ cult: “Leave Me Alone.”
His hugely anticipated film Leaving Neverland airs on Channel 4 in two parts on March 6 and 7.
It tells the stories of James Safechuck and Wade Robson who both claim to have been abused by the King of Pop while young boys.
Mr Reed has said the movie shows Jackson was a “predator hidden in plain sight”.
But the singer’s estate continue to assert he “will always be 100% innocent of these false allegations”.
Mr Reed has shed light on the abuse the production team have received from MJ fans who are “uncompromising and won’t listen”.
“My message to them: leave me alone,” he said.
“We’ve had probably thousands of emails and there has been a lot of stuff on Twitter, as you’d expect.
“There are probably millions of Jackson fans out there, it’s difficult to put a name on it.
“Anyone who stood up in favour of the film has been deluged with abuse.
“It has come from a tiny minority of Jackson fans, I call them the MJ cultists, or the MJ cult”
Director Dan Reed
“It has come from a tiny minority of Jackson fans, I call them the MJ cultists, or the MJ cult.
“They are uncompromising, they won’t listen.”
Mr Reed added how those condemning the film have often turned their anger on the people making the allegations.
He added: “The first reaction has always been to denigrate and to abuse children who were raped by Michael Jackson.
“I don’t think that’s a very good look, especially in 2019. I don’t understand how people can do that in such a sustained way.”
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 family released a statement addressing the claims after the film was screened at Sundance.
“The creators of this film were not interested in the truth,” the family said.
“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.”
Jackson always denied allegations before he died in 2009, and he was acquitted of 14 charges of abuse after a high-profile trial four years earlier.