Throughout his fame, singer Michael Jackson was often accused of sexually assaulting young boys. He was found not guilty at the time of the accusations, but now, the past is coming back to haunt him as many people are sharing their stories. This time, because he has since passed away, Michael Jackson is no longer here to stop the truth from coming out. Here are all the things Leaving Neverland revealed to us about Michael Jackson:
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According to the documentary, the singer often liked to sleep with young boys. Jackson allowed Jordan Chandler, who was just 13 at the time, sleep in his bed for a month. Around the same time, five young boys who had shared a bed with Jackson already accused him of abuse. In Living with Michael Jackson, Jackson himself stated that he saw nothing wrong with sharing his bed with boys.
While watching, we also find out that Michael Jackson had several places in Neverland where he could easily take advantage of his victims. Many rooms were placed strategically so that a bell would notify him when someone was coming, and he even had a camera hooked up to the corridor of his master bedroom as well as a sound capturing device so as to avoid being caught.
Perhaps the most tragic part of all of this is that the families of these victims trusted Michael. He was incredibly generous to these families and young boys - many of them considered him as close as actual family. As most predators do, Michael convinced these young boys that he loved them, but that nobody would fully understand their "love". In order to ensure his protection, he told these boys that they would go to jail if anyone found out about what they were doing together, and he even bought a wedding ring for one of them.
Some of the victims have since testified to Michael Jackson's abuse. According to their accounts, Jackson would masturbate while looking at them. In some instances, he even asked the young boys to perform oral sex on him, and he would do the same to them. Later, he would even begin to show them pornography - the abuse lasted for years. The creators of the documentary, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, are both now grown men, and fully agree that this is the truth.
Because they were so young at the time, it took the boys years to fully understand the magnitude of what had happened to them. Several of the victims tried to sue Michael over the years, but none of them succeeded for a number of reasons. Firstly, Jackson would have forced the boys to testify in his favour, and secondly, because judges have decided that the victims were too young to be credible.
Since the documentary was released, more and more people are beginning to doubt Michael Jackson - several radio stations have stopped airing his music because they don't condone his behavior. The singer's estate has also raised a lawsuit against HBO for $100 million for airing Leaving Neverland. No matter what happens, I think it's safe to say that Jackson's reputation has been permanently destroyed.
This was originally written for Narcity Quebec by Charlotte Poitras.