In this May 25, 2005 file photo, Michael Jackson arrives at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse for his child molestation trial in Santa Maria, Calif. According to Sundance's website, the synopsis for Leaving Neverland states, "As one of the world's most celebrated icons, Michael Jackson represents many things to many people-a pop star, a humanitarian, a beloved idol".
The film tells the story of two men now in their 30s who had long-running relationships with Jackson at ages seven and 10 when Jackson was at the height of his fame.More news: England rugby chief Simon Kemp makes 'significant changes' revelation after injury rise
Leaving Neverland, a film from the perspective of two of his sexual abuse accusers, is being called 'outrageous and exploitative'.
Two men who appear in the film say they were aged seven and 10 when Jackson befriended them and their families.More news: Disappointed about Alien Blackout? An Alien MMO is in the works
They go on to claim that the documentary rehashes old, discredited allegations. Robson previously filed a lawsuit against Jackson's estate in 2013, claiming the Thriller artist abused him in the late "80s. It's baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project".
Sundance also added the world premiere of the Steve Bannon documentary The Brink, directed by Alison Klayman and produced by Marie Therese Guirgis. Jackson was acquitted of all charges. The Jackson Estate made sure to remind those keeping up with the latest scandal that "both testified under oath that Michael never did anything inappropriate toward them".More news: Is it too late to get a flu shot?
Reed's credits include HBO's Terror; The Paedophile Hunter; docudrama Shooters, featuring a cast of real-life underworld gunmen; the war documentary The Valley; and money-laundering story From Russia With Cash.