Oprah Winfrey making sexual assault documentary about 'a notable figure in the music industry'

Talk show host previously worked on a documentary about the allegations of child sexual abuse against Michael Jackson

Kieran Read
Wednesday 04 December 2019 11:23
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New documentary is being made for streaming service Apple+
New documentary is being made for streaming service Apple+

Oprah Winfrey has announced that she will produce an upcoming documentary on sexual assault in the music industry for streaming service Apple+.

According to a press release, the currently untitled film is said to be “a profound examination of race, gender, class and intersectionality, and the toll assaults take on their victims and society at large".

The documentary will focus on a “former music executive who grapples with whether to go public with her story of assault and abuse by a notable figure in the music industry”.

Oscar-nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, known for documentaries The Invisible War and The Hunting Ground that exposed sexual assault on college campuses, will direct the feature. It is scheduled to premiere in 2020.

Earlier this year, Oprah announced that she had been working with Prince Harry as co-creators and executive producers on a series regarding mental health, also set to release in 2020 on Apple+.

“The dynamic multi-part documentary series will focus on both mental illness and mental wellness, inspiring viewers to have an honest conversation about the challenges each of us faces,” an Instagram post from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex reads.

Winfrey also hosted the HBO produced Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland earlier this year, in which she interviewed two men who accused Michael Jackson of sexual assault.

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