In the middle of February, the "Bridesmaids" star posted a tweet in which he praised Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege in the controversial documentary that they were were abused by the King of Pop when they were children, and said he didn't doubt their testimonies and added that "Michael Jackson can rot".
Leaving Neverland is a very tough watch indeed but the brave and vital testimonies of Wade Robson and James Safechuck and their families must be heard. After four heartbreaking hours, you don't doubt them for a moment. Michael Jackson can rot.— 🏳️🌈🇪🇺 Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) 13 February 2019
Following his post, the 44-year-old was bombarded with hateful messages, including a death threat, from the "Thriller" singer's eternally devoted fans.
"Since I saw LEAVING NEVERLAND & said I believe the testimonies of Robson & Safechuck, a handful of MJ fans have attacked me on social media," he tweeted. "I've even had a death threat, which is with the police. This charmer is calling me a paedophile. And we wonder why victims don't speak up."
Since I saw LEAVING NEVERLAND & said I believe the testimonies of Robson & Safechuck, a handful of MJ fans have attacked me on social media. I've even had a death threat, which is with the police. This charmer is calling me a paedophile. And we wonder why victims don't speak up. https://t.co/rEhBvOP0Up— 🏳️🌈🇪🇺 Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) 28 February 2019
Lucas didn't give any further details on the police involvement, but later tweeted a link to a New York Times article by Wesley Morris titled "Michael Jackson Cast a Spell. 'Leaving Neverland' Breaks It," and described the feature as "Brilliant".
The hard-hitting two-part series centres on the long-running relationships Michael shared with Robson and Safechuck when they were kids, during which time they claim they were taken advantage of by the late superstar.
Michael, who passed away aged 50 in 2009, was acquitted of child molestation in a high-profile trial in 2005. His family has condemned the movie, comparing it to a "public lynching".
"Leaving Neverland" airs on America's HBO channel on Sunday, March 03, and Monday before airing on Channel 4 in the U.K. on March 6 and 7 at 9pm.