How to watch Leaving Neverland, the controversial new Michael Jackson doc
A new documentary about Michael Jackson made serious waves at Sundance this year. The film, called Leaving Neverland, features interviews from choreographer Wade Robson and former child actor James Safechuck, who both allege that the singer sexually abused them when they were children. Leaving Neverland debuted at the festival on January 25th and reportedly left many audience members shaken. Jackson’s family has condemned the film, calling it a “public lynching” in a statement obtained by CNN.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the documentary’s director, Dan Reed, argued that “It’s not a film about Michael.”
Here’s how you can watch the documentary on HBO.
The first part of the two-part doc aired Sunday, March 3rd at 8 p.m. ET on HBO, and the second part will air Monday, March 4th at the same time (followed by a follow-up special hosted by Oprah). If you don’t have cable, you can watch both parts on HBO Go or HBO Now, as well as the HBO add-on on platforms like Hulu and Amazon Prime Video (both of which offer free trials).
According to the Washington Post, Robson appeared as a witness for Jackson in a 2005 trial for a separate sexual abuse case. At the time, he testified that Jackson had not molested him. But in 2013, he filed his own lawsuit, claiming that Jackson had abused him for almost 10 years when he was a child. His suit was later dismissed because of how much time had passed.
Safechuck, meanwhile, filed a suit against Jackson’s estate in 2014. In Leaving Neverland, he claims that Jackson began molesting him when he was 10. Like Robson, Safechuck had denied under oath that Jackson abused him, acting as a witness for Jackson in a 1993 trial. His suit was also dismissed by a court.
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual harassment or assault, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.