It’s been little over the month since HBO released the two-part documentary Leaving Neverland, and Michael Jackson‘s family has now released a documentary of their own.
Directed by Eli Pedraza and released on YouTube on March 30, Neverland Firsthand: Investigating the Michael Jackson Documentary completely denies the claims made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who alleged in the HBO film that Jackson sexually abused them both as children.
The 30-minute documentary features interviews with Jackson’s “inner-circle” including nephew Taj Jackson and niece Brandi Jackson, as well as with his longtime technical director Brad Sundberg, who claims to have regularly stayed at Michael’s Neverland Ranch estate.
In the film, Brandi reveals that she and Robson dated for nearly seven years. “He has always been a bit of an opportunist,” she says, alleging that Robson went public with the abuse claims in an effort to financially benefit. “He knows how to position himself into different situations that will benefit him in a financial way.”
Wade Robson’s attorney responded to Brandi’s allegations in a statement given to Billboard on Thursday. “Ms. Jackson was not with Wade and Michael Jackson when the sexual abuse occurred, and as such, she has nothing relevant to say about the topic,” the statement read.
Michael Jackson’s estate filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO before Leaving Neverland aired in early March. The lawsuit states, “In 2005, Michael Jackson was subjected to a trial — where rules of evidence and law were applied before a neutral judge and jury and where both sides were heard — and he was exonerated by a sophisticated jury.”
We will continue to update this story as it unfolds.