Sundance announces explosive documentaries on Michael Jackson and Steve Bannon

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Sundance announces explosive documentaries on Michael Jackson and Steve Bannon

Jackson's estate have rejected fresh claims of abuse against the late singer laid out in the film due to premiere at Sundance Film Festival and be shown on Channel 4.

The two men told the film they were aged seven and 10 when Jackson began long-running relationships with them and their families while at the peak of his fame. In 2013 and 2014, after Jackson's death in 2009, two further lawsuits were filed by Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who each alleged that Jackson had abused them in the early 1990s when they were children.

Also set to have a world premiere at the fest is the Steve Bannon doc The Brink from director Alison Klayman and producer Marie Therese Guirgis. In 2005, a jury found Jackson not guilty of molesting Gavin Arvizo and related charges. "This so-called 'documentary" is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations.

Dan Reed is the producer of the film and he was previously behind the documentaries The Pedophile Hunters and Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks. Entitled Leaving Netherland, the documentary will highlight alleged victims of Jackson.

"This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson", the estate told TMZ. "Both lawsuits were dismissed. It's baffling why any credible film-maker would involve himself with this project".

In July 2017, a manhunt was launched to find Jordan Chandler, the first boy to accuse Michael Jackson of child abuse, with lawyers in Safechuck and Robson's case demanding that he testify in court.

The official Sundance program offers more insight into the film's claims, which are made through "gut-wrenching" interviews.

"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", the description reads.

On Thursday, many of Jackson's fans were speaking out against it. "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", the synopsis continues.

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