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Despite legal threats from Michael Jackson's estate, the four-hour film will show James "Jimmy" Safechuck and Wade Robson sharing intimate details from their time spent with the superstar and - as images of Robson fighting back tears in the trailer might suggest - their stories are expected to be unsettling.
James met Jackson in 1987 on the set of a Pepsi commercial, and had known him for a year at the time of the alleged wedding ceremony. Robson and Safechuck both alleged vividly that Jackson introduced them to kissing, fondling, pornography, masturbation, oral sex, mock marriages and eventually failed anal penetration during their friendships with the "Bad" singer.
The allegations have sent shockwaves, but now Michael's nephew Taj Jackson is claiming Robson is merely bitter after missing out on a role in the Michael Jackson: ONE show. "[He'd say], 'You know, I didn't have a childhood, I love children so much, that's why I love being around children and I want to help other children have a childhood'". "So for me, it's time to say goodbye to Michael Jackson-one last time".
In the film, Robson explains how he first became friends with Jackson, who was in his mid-30s, after meeting him when he won a dance competition at the age of 5.
While many feel that the allegations made in the documentary are valid, others think this is a smear campaign against Michael Jackson. He also had an Indian fort with like tepees so we would lay down sleeping and have snacks and have sexual relations there.
According to Safechuck, Jackson's abuse wasn't simply sexual but deeply psychological as well, and the grooming process they allegedly underwent at his hands instilled in them a deep fear of exposing the truth.
In 2013, Robson filed a lawsuit targeting Jackson's estate that asked for $1.62 billion in damages. "Michael wouldn't do anything like that", Jackson's brother Marlon said. In the trial, Jackson's family noted that at Jackson's 2005 trial, Robson had testified defending Jackson, saying Jackson had never touched him.