Leaving Neverland: Dan Reed’s Inflammatory Docu about Michael Jackson Generates No Protests

Police outnumbered protestors at the world premiere of Leaving Neverland, a new documentary that examines the child sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson that debuts at the Sundance Film Fest.


As press and attendees flooded into the Egyptian Theatre, they walked past two women holding placards that read “Seek Truth.”

Leaving Neverland, Dan Reed’s four-hour documentary by Dan Reed, depicts the singer as a man who used his celebrity to sexually abuse and exploit children.

The movie includes interviews with Wade Robson and James Safechuck, two men who claim they were sexually abused by Jackson when they were children. Robson’s account is controversial because he previously said under oath that Jackson never behaved inappropriately with him before changing his account in a 2016 lawsuit. Safechuck filed a separate suit in 2014.

“This film is not about giving a voice to a victim,” said Catherine Van Tighem, a fan who came to Sundance from Alberta, Canada.