Oprah Winfrey will sit down with Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the two alleged victims featured in the upcoming Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland (which debuts on HBO next week).
The pair, along with the project’s director Dan Reed, will appear “before an audience of survivors of sexual abuse and others whose lives have been impacted by it,” according to HBO and Winfrey’s OWN network, who are partnering on the special.
Set your DVRs: The special, After Neverland, will debut simultaneously on HBO and OWN at 10 p.m. EST on March 4, immediately following the conclusion of part two of Leaving Neverland, which will air on March 3rd and 4th on HBO.
The Jackson family has, as you can imagine, vigorously denied the allegations and condemned the documentary, calling it a “public lynching,” and Jackson’s accusers “admitted liars,” (in reference to sworn statements made by both Safechuck and Robson while Jackson was alive that he did not molest them). They are suing HBO for $100 million.
Will Oprah get to the bottom of this? Will her clout give Robeson and Safechuck the added credibility they need? Will the rabid Jackson fanbase ever accept that their hero is (most likely) deeply, deeply flawed? I don’t know burt I’m on the edge of my seat.
(via CNN; Photos: Avalon)