Tue, 2 Apr, 2019
Leaving Neverland: Director says police are convinced of Michael Jackson’s guilt
The director of the explosive Leaving Neverland documentary has claimed that police who investigated Michael Jackson over child sex abuse claims were convinced of the singer’s guilt.
Jackson is facing renewed allegations that he molested children after the Leaving Neverland documentary aired graphic claims from Wade Robson and James Safechuck.
The claims have angered the Jackson family and fans of his music.
However, director Dan Reed said that their allegations went through a vigorous process of fact-checking.
Speaking to The Morning Show Reed explained that he “went in with an open mind” before becoming convinced of Jackson’s guilt.
“I didn’t approach this in a naive way. I listened very carefully to days and days and days of interview, then we went and did about 18 months of research and checked everything we could and tried to poke holes in Wade and James’ accounts,” Reed explained.
“We didn’t find anything that cast any doubt on their accounts — on the contrary, we found a lot of corroborating evidence.
“I interviewed the police investigators and the sheriff’s department investigators who were part of looking into Michael Jackson’s background, and none of them had any doubts at all about his guilt.”
Reed explained that he was worried about the impact that the documentary would have on Jackson’s children, but the stories of Robson and Safechuck needed to be told.
“The politics of the Jackson clan is very complicated and this supposed attempted suicide of Paris, which she has immediately denied, that’s very puzzling. I don’t know what’s going on there,” Reed said.
“Jackson’s children had nothing to do with the sexual abuse and of course they’re upset that their dad is being accused of all this stuff. But these allegations have been around for decades now and they won’t come as any surprise to the kids.
“I feel for them, I wish them the very best, but the truth must come out because I think this is an important story.”