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Michael Jackson sexual abuse documentary leaves Sundance reviewers stunned

Posted at 9:58 PM, Jan 25, 2019

PARK CITY, Utah — 'Leaving Neverland,' a documentary about the sexual abuse allegations and charges against Michael Jackson, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Utah, on Friday.

Film reviewers almost instantly took to Twitter to share with followers about the much anticipated four-hour long documentary. Film critics from USA Today, US Weekly, TIME, LA Times and more had one collective emotion - disturbed.

'Leaving Neverland' is told through the eyes of James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who were both close to Jackson when they were kids and have accused him of sexual abuse in the past. Both men are now in their 30s, and confront their childhood experiences with Jackson in the documentary.

To start the evening, a reporter for Vanity Fair tweeted out the 'trigger warning' provided at the beginning of film.

From there, the tweets rolled in.

One reporter even went as far as to call Jackson "a pedophile" after the documentary.

Fans of the Gary, Indiana native have been putting up a fight since the announcement of 'Leaving Neverland.' A twitter account titled "#StopLeavingNeverlandNOW" was created in counteracting the film and everyone involved.

Despite the emotionally-evoked reviews, fans of Jackson have filled Twitter with defenses for the late singer - making 'Leaving Neverland' trend on the social platform.

'Leaving Neverland' is set to air on HBO in March, according to HBO's website.

Jackson died in 2009 from cardiac arrest at 50.

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