The Jackson Family releases a statement about ‘Leaving Neverland’ which premiered at Sundance 2019

The Jackson Family releases a statement about Leaving Neverland which premiered at Sundance 2019.

I believe in the old saying “innocent until proven guilty,” but I also sat and watched the four hour HBO documentary series, Leaving Neverland at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. While I am still not sure how I feel about the allegations because I haven’t done enough research on the whole thing, I figured that because I posted the Q&A of the documentary that it would be only fair to have the other side of the story.

There are a ton of people who believe Michael Jackson is innocent and there are a ton who don’t. This isn’t a shocking statement but the truth. I watched the entire Leaving Neverland documentary and honestly left the documentary with more questions than I had when I went in. Is that a good thing? I don’t know, but I figured that I would use this family release to post the Q&A but also to recommend those who are interested in this film, regardless of how you feel about the story to read the comments on this video and what people have posted. Usually, I would never tell anyone to read YouTube comments, but there is a lot of information being shared both in the video from one side of the story and in the comments from the other side.

Here is the Jackson Family Statement about Leaving Neverland:

“Michael Jackson is our brother and son. We are furious that the media, who without a shred of proof or a single piece of physical evidence, chose to believe the word of two admitted liars over the word of hundreds of families and friends around the world who spent time with Michael, many at Neverland, and experienced his legendary kindness and global generosity.  We are proud of what Michael Jackson stands for.

People have always loved to go after Michael. He was an easy target because he was unique.  But Michael was subjected to a thorough investigation which included a surprise raid of Neverland and other properties as well as a jury trial where Michael was found to be COMPLETELY INNOCENT.  There has never been one piece of proof of anything. Yet the media is eager to believe these lies.

Michael always turned the other cheek, and we have always turned the other cheek when people have gone after members of our family – that is the Jackson way. But we can’t just stand by while this public lynching goes on, and the vulture tweeters and others who never met Michael go after him. Michael is not here to defend himself, otherwise, these allegations would not have been made.

The creators of this film were not interested in the truth. They never interviewed a single solitary soul who knew Michael except for the two perjurers and their families. That is not journalism, and it’s not fair, yet the media are perpetuating these stories.

But the truth is on our side. Go do your research about these opportunists.  The facts don’t lie, people do. Michael Jackson was and always will be 100% innocent of these false allegations.”

The Jackson Family­­­­­
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Born in New Jersey, Scott "Movie Man" Menzel has been a film fanatic since he was three years old. Growing up, he watched as many movies as he could and was highly influenced by Tim Burton, John Hughes, Robert Zemeckis, and Steven Spielberg. Scott has an Associates Degree in Marketing, a Bachelors in Mass Media, Communications and a Masters in Electronic Media. He has been writing film reviews under the alias of MovieManMenzel since 2003 and started his writing career as a contributing critic at and In 2009, Scott launched where he posted several of his film reviews but in 2011 decided to shut down the site when he launched We Live, which he founded. In 2015, We Live Film became We Live Entertainment. The domain name changed occurred after months of debate but was done so that he and his fellow staff members could write about anything and everything in the world of entertainment.

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