Never ‘Leaving Neverland’: A Review

HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” came out on January 25 and was the host of the swarm of allegations of child sexual abuse aimed at the “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson. Jackson, 50,  who passed away in 2009, had been through allegations of sexual abuse for 15 years prior.


“I watched it, and it was terrifying. They described it in such detail. It was so disturbing seeing one of the most famous people in the entire world doing such a heinous thing,” junior Maurice Weakley said.


In 1993, Jackson was accused of sexually molesting 13-year-old, Jordan Chandler. Jackson denied the claims and settled the case with the payment of $15 million No criminal charges were filed.


“This raises the question of being able to support an artist without appreciating them as a person. I think you can respect art without particularly liking the artist,” junior Chase McCoy said.


Both men who now claim Jackson abused them supported Jackson during a 2005 trial for molestation and denied he had abused them. However, Robson and Safechuck both sued Jackson’s estate after the star’s death.


“I understand that there is a grieving process with these things, but it is convenient that they waited until after he died so he couldn’t defend himself. If Jackson did these horrible things, he should have been punished,” senior Pheobe Mitchell said.


“Leaving Neverland” is a two-part mini-series focusing on the allegations of two men who said Michael Jackson abused them as children. It is directed by the British documentarian Dan Reed. “Leaving Neverland” came out on January 25 and has a 7.1/10 rating on IMDB.