Oprah Winfrey to interview Michael Jackson accusers after Leaving Neverland documentary airs on HBO

Interview scheduled to air right after documentary premieres for the American public

Clémence Michallon
New York
Wednesday 27 February 2019 17:46
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Trailer for new HBO documentary about Michael Jackson abuse victims Leaving Neverland

Oprah Winfrey will interview Michael Jackson's accusers after the documentary Leaving Neverland airs in the US.

The two-part film, which will debut for the public on 3 and 4 March on HBO, focuses on the testimonies of Wade Robson and James Safechuck. Both men say Jackson abused them when they were children.

Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland is set to air on 4 March at 10pm, right after the second half of the documentary concludes.

The interview will be recorded on Thursday in front of an audience comprised of sexual abuse survivors, and people who have lived through the consequences of abuse, according to Variety.

Leaving Neverland, directed by Dan Reed, premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival. Jackson's family has denied the allegations laid out in the film.

Robson, 36, and Safechuck, 40, both came forward as adults, first via 2013 lawsuits and later in the documentary, to talk about the alleged abuse, which Robson says started when he was 7, Safechuck when he was 10.

Both had previously told authorities there had been no abuse, with Robson testifying in Jackson's defence at the 2005 molestation trial that ended with the superstar's acquittal.

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In a lawsuit filed last week, Jackson's estate alleges that Leaving Neverland violates a 1992 contract agreeing the channel would not disparage Jackson in the future. HBO called the lawsuit a desperate attempt to undermine the film.

Additional reporting by agencies.

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