Leaving Neverland, review: A chillingly credible gut-punch

Leaving Neverland, review: A chillingly credible gut-punch

Leaving Neverland, the first half of which aired on Channel 4 on Wednesday night, could never be mistaken for a music documentary. By now, this isn’t Michael Jackson’s story to tell: we heard his side of things many times, while even posthumously, the case for the defence still fumes away. It’s the story of two men aged 36 and 41, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who have laid out, in gruellingly graphic detail, what their boyhood friendships with Jackson entailed.

It’s all here, if you have an ounce of suspicion that Jackson’s cosy sleepovers with boys as young as seven – Robson’s age, when he says he was first sexually abused – might ever have crossed a line. 

The idea of Jackson serially abusing…

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