FILE - In this May 25, 2005 file photo, Michael Jackson arrives at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse for his child molestation trial in Santa Maria, Calif. A documentary film about two boys who accused Michael Jackson of sexual abuse is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month. The Sundance Institute announced the addition of “Leaving Neverland” and “The Brink,” a documentary about Steve Bannon, to its 2019 lineup on Wednesday. The Sundance Film Festival kicks off on Jan 24 and runs through Feb. 4. (Aaron Lambert/Santa Maria Times via AP, Pool)

Jackson allegations and fight over them return with new film

January 10, 2019 - 5:53 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney representing two Michael Jackson accusers who appear in a new documentary says their sexual-abuse allegations have not been discredited as the Jackson estate says.

Attorney Vince Finaldi says Thursday that lawsuits from Wade Robson and James Safechuck alleging Jackson molested them when they were young boys were dismissed on technical grounds, not on their merits. The dismissals are under appeal.

HBO and British broadcaster Channel 4 announced Wednesday that the documentary, "Leaving Neverland," would air in the spring after it premieres Jan. 25 at the Sundance Film Festival.

The Jackson estate denounced the documentary, calling it an outrageous rehash of discredited allegations.

The film's director Dan Reed says it took great courage for Robson and Safechuck to tell their stories and he has no doubts about their validity.