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Michael Jackson's Estate Offers Alternative Programming

Airs concert film as HBO runs first part of 'Leaving Neverland' documentary
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2019 6:40 AM CST
This Feb. 1, 1993, file photo shows Michael Jackson performing during the halftime show at the Super Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.   (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, file)

(Newser) – HBO began airing the damning Leaving Neverland documentary about Michael Jackson Sunday night, and the singer's estate did the only thing it could: offered alternative programming. The estate put up a concert film of Jackson in Bucharest in 1992 on his YouTube channel, reports Deadline. On Monday night, when HBO airs part two, the estate will air another concert film, this one of Jackson at London's Wembley Stadium in 1988. As has been widely reported by now, the film features two men, James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who allege that Jackson sexually molested them as boys. It first made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival.

Now that the film is in wider circulation, ordinary fans are getting their first look. People rounds up tweets that provide a sample of the reaction. Lots are like this one: "It’s amazing how brainwashed MJ fans are even now. I believe Wade & Jimmy. MJ was not a saint or God he was a fallible human being just as capable of evil as anyone else." But Jackson still has plenty of defenders, too: "Honestly Michael Jackson, RIP, has been dead for nearly 10 years now, can y'all not just let the man rest in peace?? Also he's innocent, why are we still on this?" (Jackson's estate is suing HBO over the film.)

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