Although we remember Michael Jackson for the musical legend that he is, allegations of child molestation have had an impact on his legacy. Next week, HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival before airing on HBO the week after. The estate of the late Michael Jackson already put HBO on blast, saying, “This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson.” However, the estate’s Twitter account threw more shade at the TV network on Twitter, claiming MJ gave HBO their highest-rated special ever.
Michael Jackson’s estate is continuing to discredit HBO for their upcoming Leaving Neverland documentary which features two of Jackson’s alleged molestation victims. On Twitter, the estate wrote, “In 1992, Michael gave HBO their highest rated special ever. Now, to repay him they give a voice to admitted liars.
#StopLeavingNeverlandNOW,” along with a poster for the concert that aired on HBO.
The new documentary follows the release of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly docuseries which explores the age-long allegations against R. Kelly. Although these allegations have been known for years, it shed new light on the victims and their stories. Leaving Neverland will focus on the stories of two of Jackson’s alleged victims, who were 7 and 10 at the time of meeting the singer, and their families. Both alleged victims, who are now in their 30s, open up about the allegations and how they came to terms with it as adults.