On Wednesday, the 2019 Sundance Film Festival announced that it will premiere Leaving Neverland - a almost four-hour-long documentary that details sexual abuse allegations against the King of Pop - on January 25.
Award-winning director, Dan Reed, is helming the project, saying: "If there's anything we've learned during this time in our history, it's that sexual abuse is complicated, and survivors" voices need to be listened to.More news: Tyson Fury looking sharp and lightning quick as he returns to training
A day after it was announced that the film, which tells the story of two of Jackson's accusers, will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, the King of Pop's estate released a statement blasting it as "yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson".
Both lawsuits were dismissed in 2017.More news: Stricker would be 'honoured' to be U.S. captain at Ryder Cup
"This so-called "documentary" is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations". A probate court in 2015 rejected his claim against the estate itself, which left the two business entities as defendants.
"Wade Robson and James Safechuck have both testified under oath that Michael never did anything inappropriate toward them", the statement said, adding that both had filed lawsuits that have been dismissed. Neverland was raided by authorities in 2003 after a 13-year-old boy accused Jackson of molestation. The "Neverland" in the movie refers to the Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County, California.More news: Amazon too is working on a game streaming service
The latest to share their opinion on the documentary is Ne-Yo who says the "Ignition" singer can not be compared to Michael Jackson since there's endless proof of Kelly's disgusting acts compared to MJ. Now, in their 30s, according to the film's synopsis, the men claim they were sexually abused by the late superstar, and explain how they dealt with it. "There as no undeniable proof that Michael Jackson did any of that stuff, actually a lot of the people that came forward and said that he the did that stuff, came forward after he died and said it didn't really happen". In a statement to ET, the estate called the special "another crass and unauthorized attempt to exploit the life, music and image of Michael Jackson without respect for Michael's legacy, intellectual property rights or his children".