The upcoming HBO documentary details two men’s allegations of sexual abuse against the pop star
Michael Jackson’s niece Brandi has revealed one of the men featured in the new documentary Leaving Neverland is her ex-boyfriend.
The four-hour film tells the story of two men – Wade Robson and James Safechuck – who claim the pop star sexually abused them in the ‘90s. Both men brought civil suits against the Jackson Estate following Jackson’s death, but they were thrown out in 2017 by a judge who ruled that the Estate could not be held liable for the singer’s behaviour.
Jackson’s family have already denounced the documentary with a statement issued by his estate calling it “disgraceful” and a “one-sided sensationalist programme”. Now, Brandi Jackson has taken to Twitter to share her feelings about Robson.
“Tea time,” she began the series of posts, revealing that she had dated Robson for “over seven years.” She also claimed it was Jackson who had introduced them.
Brandi added that Robson had “constantly talked about wanting to be ‘relevant’.” “You’ve burned so many bridges that now the only time you are #relevant is when you headline with my family’s name next to yours. It’s time to stop these lies and live your own life.” She also shared a photo of herself and Robson as kids with Jackson.
Leaving Neverland will air in the UK on Channel 4 on March 6 and 7. The broadcaster recently released a statement to defend its decision to show the documentary, saying: “Channel 4 viewers will make their own judgment about the testimony of the two victims interviewed in the film.
Director Dan Reed responded to the backlash by arguing that the documentary is not about Jackson, but about “how sexual abuse happens and then how the consequences play out later in life.”
The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival last month, with viewers describing it as “brutally upsetting”. The festival enlisted mental health counsellors to talk to audience members who were upset or affected by the film’s content.