Official Michael Jackson concert films appear on YouTube during Leaving Neverland broadcasts

Official Michael Jackson concert films appear on YouTube during Leaving Neverland broadcasts

As The Daily Mail reports, James Safechuck, who claims he was 10 years old when the alleged abuse began, and Wade Robson, who claims he was seven when he was abused, have come forth with allegations that Jackson abused them.

The chronological, straight-forward style of Leaving Neverland feels like a self-conscious attempt to carefully strip the story of its lurid, tabloid qualities.

Through gut-wrenching interviews with Safechuck, now 37, and Robson, now 41, as well as their mothers, wives and siblings, Leaving Neverland crafts a portrait of sustained abuse, exploring the complicated feelings that led both men to confront their experiences after both had a young son of their own.

Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson and Me airs Wednesday and Thursday at 9pm on Channel 4. Robson even appeared as a witness for Jackson's defense during a sexual abuse trial in 2005 in which the pop star was acquitted of child molestation charges. Speaking to the press after the taping she told them "We're all gonna get it, I'm gonna get it, we're all gonna get it", referring to the criticism from Jackson fans.

"And I think that would all feel very wrong now".

With King, the men discussed previously denying they had been molested by Jackson in the past.

Safechuck offered some graphic detail of the alleged abuse: "There was kissing and just kind of rubbing on each other and then oral sex and then he would want me to suck on his nipples and he would finish himself". Jackson's gargantuan cultural influence and our awareness of the horror of his actions might indeed help pave the way to a future where sexual abuse of children stays at the forefront of our conversations, and not something we sweep under the rug.

A second Jackson concert film, Live at Wembley Stadium, will be live on YouTube at the same time Leaving Neverland part two airs in the US. Both parts are currently available for streaming on HBO Now and HBO Go.

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