AceShowbiz - A new Michael Jackson documentary, "Leaving Neverland", left audience in disgust when it was screened at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, January 25. The almost-four-hour pic directed by Dan Reed features Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who accuse the late singer of sexual abuse when they were kids and share details of Jackson's alleged inappropriate acts.
In one event, Safechuck recalls he had a mock wedding with the King of Pop during their relationship. Safechuck says Jackson would take him to various jewelry stores and tell salespeople that he bought the jewelry for a woman, and used Safechuck's small wrists and hands for sizing. Jackson then bought a gold band lined in diamonds which he gave to Safechuck during their "mock wedding" ceremony.
Safechuck previously brought this up in his 2015 civil action lawsuit against Jackson's estate. He claimed in the court documents that the "Thriller" hitmaker paid Safechuck's father $1 million in exchange for remaining silent about the mock wedding.
Elsewhere in the movie, Safechuck says Jackson prepared failsafes to avoid getting caught in the act. There were allegedly bells on doors leading to the pop star's master suite walk-in closet. When he joined Jackson on tour or traveling the world, Safechuck says he and Jackson would have "drills" of getting their clothes on as quickly as possible.
Meanwhile, Robson says Jackson once bought him a fax machine, which was hot tech in the late '80s. Jackson would send the then 7-year-old boy love notes, one of which allegedly read, "I love you little one. Make me happy and be the best." More notes were shown in quick montage, including Jackson's drawings of himself. Robson's mother describes the situation at the time in the movie, "The living room would be covered in faxes."
Robson also reveals that Jackson would use many locations in his Neverland Ranch to molest him. The dancer says almost every structure on the grounds had hideaways with beds or privacy nooks. There was also a locked, private box in Jackson's movie theater which used one-way glass so others in the theater could not see inside. The film goes on mentioning other locations that were allegedly sites of abuse, including Neverland's train station, the pool and Jacuzzi.
Detailing one incident, Robson says he reconnected with the singer in 1997 during rehearsal for his "HIStory World Tour", a few years after the sexual abuse allegations first surfaced in 1993. Jackson invited Robson, who was 14 years old at the time, to his hotel room and attempted to anally penetrate him. Jackson relented when it became too painful, Robson claims.
The next day, Jackson's private secretary talked to Robson at L.A. dance studios to ask him about the underwear he was wearing during the night of their encounter. Jackson's secretary told Robson he needed to get ride of it if there's any blood on the garment. Robson says he complied and disposed of them in his condo's garage dumpster after he found there was indeed blood on his underwear.
Reporters at the screening have taken to Twitter to share their reactions to the movie. The Daily Beast's Kevin Fallon tweeted, "The content of this is more disturbing than you could imagine." Despite the horror they saw in the movie, movie critics gave a standing ovation to Robson, Safechuck and Reed when the film ended.