The controversial new Sundance documentary about the King of Pop titled Leaving Neverland, is causing an uproar at Park City, with Park City Police’s Captain Phil Kirk noting “we have increased our staffing out of concerns for the potential for a protest.”
See the synopsis of the documentary here:
“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. When allegations of sexual abuse by Jackson involving young boys surfaced in 1993, many found it hard to believe that the King of Pop could be guilty of such unspeakable acts. In separate but parallel stories that echo one another, two boys were each befriended by Jackson, who invited them into his singular and wondrous world. Seduced by the singer’s fairy-tale existence and enthralled by their relationship with him, both boys’ families were blind to the manipulation and abuse that he would ultimately subject them to.
Through gut-wrenching interviews with the now-adult men and their families, Leaving Neverland crafts a portrait of sustained exploitation and deception, documenting the power of celebrity that allowed a revered figure to infiltrate the lives of starstruck children and their parents.”
SlashFilm notes that “the plan, as of now, is for Reed and Wade Robson and James Safechuck, subjects of the doc who claim they were sexually abused by Jackson, to host a Q&A following the film’s screening. That might change now. There’s always a chance that Sundance might get cold feet and pull the doc at the last minute. For now, though, Leaving Neverland is set to premiere on January 25, with police – and even the bomb squad – standing by. The doc will air on HBO later this year.”