‘A classic case of child grooming’

'A classic case of child grooming'

On Wednesday night, the first part of Leaving Neverland, an explosive new Michael Jackson documentary, aired on Channel 4. The interview-led documentary tells the stories of two men, Wade Robson 36 and James Safechuck 41, who allege Michael Jackson sexually abused them as children.

Our readers’ reactions to the revelations in the documentary were mixed. Some argued that the cases of Robson and Safechuck, and their relationships with Jackson, amounted to “classic child grooming’” However, others took a more cautious view, highlighting the attempts by the documentary to “manipulate” viewers’ feelings using “emotive tricks of the trade”. A number of our readers suggested we may never know the full story of what happened at the Neverland ranch.

Read on for a snapshot of our reader reactions, and then let us know in the comments section below if you watched the first instalment of Leaving Neverland and what you thought. As ever, to join the conversation simply log in to your Telegraph account or register for free here.

Leaving Neverland exposes a ‘classic case’ of child grooming

@Alison Holt Piearce:

”It appears to have been classic child grooming – he made sure the starstruck and, let’s face it, ambitious parents were looked after and kept on board, while the children idolised him. With his money and power who’d have believed them if they did complain at the time? Kids have been prostituted for far less (takeaways and cans of pop) in the UK and have believed they were in love with their abusers, so no doubt they had and still have complex feelings towards what happened, looking back on their sullied childhood with a mixture of disbelief and possibly shame.”

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