In Part 1 of “Leaving Neverland,” two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, describe in disturbing detail how they were drawn into Michael Jackson’s orbit when they were boys, and then how he repeatedly used them for sex.
In the second half, which aired on HBO Monday night, the boys have grown older and Jackson moves on from them. But their ordeals are not over.
Robson and Safechuck describe how their experiences with Jackson left them in tatters, even years later. We meet Robson’s wife, Amanda, and Safechuck’s wife, Laura. We hear that both men became fathers. Safechuck talks about the self-hatred he feels, and his wife recounts his battle with depression. Robson, too, says he became deeply depressed and almost fully retreated from the world.
“They say time heals all wounds,” Safechuck said. “But I don’t think time heals this one. It just gets worse.”
[Read a recap of Part 1/Our critic Wesley Morris reviews the documentary.]
Jackson’s family and estate have denied all the allegations against him. “The facts don’t lie, people do,” the family said in a statement. “Michael Jackson was and always will be 100 percent innocent of these false allegations.”
Many Jackson fans have risen to his defense on Twitter, often noting how both men previously testified that the singer had never abused them, a point the men address in Part 2.
Here are some other key takeaways from the second half of the documentary:
In 1993, Jackson was investigated after a 13-year-old boy accused him of abuse, and both Safechuck and Robson spoke up for Jackson. They told their families that Jackson had never touched them and said the same to law enforcement officials.
“As soon as the cop started asking me these questions, the first thing that came to mind for me was everything that Michael started saying to me when I was 7,” said Robson, who was 11 at the time. “If anyone ever found out that we were doing any of these sort of things, these sexual things, that he and I would go to jail for the rest of our lives. It was terrifying.”
After having been being fairly absent from the boys’ lives for some time, Jackson was back in regular touch, they said, because he needed them. Safechuck said he rehearsed a law-enforcement interview with Jackson’s lawyers. Whatever the police said, he was instructed to say “no”; if he gave them nothing, they would have nothing.
Jackson reached a million settlement in 1994 with the family of his accuser, who then declined to testify. No charges were filed at the time. Joy Robson, Wade’s mother, said she took that as a sign that there had been no truth to the accusations, that the boy’s family had just been out for money.
A couple of years later, Robson said, Jackson summoned him one day, and then had sex with him. The next day, he said, Jackson told Robson to get rid of his underwear because it might contain evidence.
In 2003, Jackson was investigated again. But this time, child molestation charges were filed and he was brought to trial.
Jackson asked Safechuck to testify on his behalf. “I was kind of breaking, like having a nervous breakdown,” Safechuck said. “And I didn’t want to be involved.”
He told Jackson no. He said that Jackson responded by threatening him, saying he had the best lawyers in the world, but Safechuck said he stood firm. Jackson asked again toward the end of the trial, but Safechuck still refused. He said that was the last time he and Jackson spoke.
[Michael Jackson’s fans are tenacious/“Leaving Neverland” could imperil the fortunes of the Jackson estate]
Robson said he was reluctant at first, but he did testify. At that point in his life, he was a successful choreographer in his early 20s working with some of the biggest acts in the world, like ’N Sync and Britney Spears. He said that he wishes now he had been at a place where he could have told the truth.
“The idea of this truth coming out and Amanda knowing about it,” Robson said of the woman he would eventually marry, “and my family knowing about it, and everybody in the entertainment business, in my career knowing about it, I mean, was just a ridiculous idea that was never going to happen in my mind. Because in my mind, my whole life would be over.”
Jackson was found not guilty of all the charges against him.
Four years later, he died at the age of 50 from a mix of powerful drugs he had been administered for sleep deprivation. (His doctor, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.)
When Safechuck decided not to testify, he asked his parents not to do so either. He told his mother that Jackson “wasn’t a good person,” he said, and that he didn’t want them involved. His mother, Stephanie, understood what he meant.
“I danced when I heard that he died,” Stephanie Safechuck said of Jackson. “‘Oh thank God, he can’t hurt any more children!’ Those were my thoughts. And I danced.”
Before Robson could tell his family about the abuse, he fought through a severe depression. It struck not long after his son was born, at a moment when he had reached a new level of professional success, having been hired to direct a big budget feature film. He withdrew from his work. Finally, he decided to see a therapist and realized that if he was going to understand why he was struggling, he would have to talk about the abuse.
The day he told his therapist, he also told his family, almost by accident. His brother, Shane, was visiting and told Wade that his wife had just had a dream in which Wade told her that Jackson had abused him. Wade said that he considered responding with his standard joke. (“I don’t know why I wasn’t sexy enough,” he’d say.) Instead, he told his brother that it was true. He also told his wife and sister.
Wade described his wife caving in, like someone had punched her in the chest. For five months, his wife would not allow Joy Robson, Wade’s mother, into their home. In Part 1, Joy had described how she allowed her son to become part of Jackson’s life, unaware of what was going on in his bedroom.
“The abuse was a bomb that dropped in our life and exploded,” Amanda Robson said, “and ripped apart everything that we found sound and secure and safe.”
The documentary suggests that there are others with stories like Robson’s and Safechuck’s, though it offers no testimony to support the idea. The first episode ended with a disclaimer that said the actor Macaulay Culkin, who also spent time at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in California, and another boy mentioned in the documentary, “categorically deny any sexual contact” with Jackson.
For years, Safechuck and Robson, too, denied that Jackson had abused them. A central question the documentary tries to tackle is why viewers should believe them now.
Both men describe the terror they felt at the idea of telling their wives and families, much less the entire world, their secret and how many years it took them to consider opening up. Robson says that as uncomfortable as it was to describe what happened between him and Jackson, it still felt better to tell the truth, and he hoped that by going public, he might help other survivors of sexual abuse. Both men sued Jackson’s estate after his death, but the cases were dismissed because they were filed outside the statute of limitations.
“I want to be able to speak the truth,” Robson said, “as loud as I had to speak the lie for so long.”B:
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【黑】【白】【无】【常】【千】【米】【寸】【地】，【极】【速】【的】【闪】【现】【而】【来】。 “【有】【是】【你】【们】。”【黑】【无】【常】【冷】【着】【脸】，【手】【里】【的】【铁】【链】【被】【他】【气】【愤】【的】【甩】【了】【一】【下】。 【白】【无】【常】【抬】【手】【示】【意】【他】【不】【要】【动】【怒】，【这】【次】【的】【视】【线】【直】【直】【的】【落】【在】【曹】【大】【师】【身】【上】，“【这】【位】【道】【友】，【你】【可】【知】【送】【厉】【鬼】【入】【地】【府】【的】【危】【害】【吗】。【厉】【鬼】【身】【上】【的】【戾】【气】【和】【不】【服】【管】【教】【会】【给】【其】【他】【鬼】【魂】【造】【成】【伤】【害】，【若】【是】【给】【地】【府】【造】【成】【了】【损】【伤】，【这】【些】【都】【会】彩票开奖结果查询今天【【各】【位】【电】【视】【机】【前】【的】【观】【众】【朋】【友】，【这】【里】【是】【春】【节】【联】【欢】【晚】【会】【的】【特】【别】【节】【目】《【一】【年】【又】【一】【年】》，【我】【是】【主】【持】【人】【白】【岩】【松】，【下】【面】【又】【到】【了】【阿】【丘】【采】【访】【明】【星】【艺】【人】【的】【时】【间】【了】。 【现】【在】，【大】【家】【请】【跟】【随】【主】【持】【人】【阿】【丘】【的】【镜】【头】，【看】【看】【是】【哪】【位】【明】【星】【艺】【人】【要】【给】【全】【国】【的】【观】【众】【拜】【年】。 【白】【岩】【松】：【阿】【丘】，【你】【好】！ 【阿】【丘】：【岩】【松】，【你】【好】！ 【白】【岩】【松】：【你】【下】【面】【要】【给】【全】【国】【的】
“【搞】【了】【半】【天】【原】【来】【这】【些】【水】【果】【都】【是】【给】【她】【的】，【我】【说】【怎】【么】【假】【惺】【惺】【在】【这】【装】【好】【人】，【还】【一】【口】【一】【个】【替】【保】【姆】【承】【担】【一】【切】，【一】【副】【救】【世】【主】【的】【样】【子】。＂ 【丽】【丽】【小】【声】【的】【嘟】【囔】【完】【用】【眼】【睛】【瞄】【了】【一】【眼】【陆】【斯】【琪】。 “【不】【碍】【事】，【本】【来】【这】【就】【不】【是】【你】【的】【错】，【去】【忙】【吧】。＂ 【陆】【斯】【琪】【似】【乎】【没】【有】【看】【到】【丽】【丽】【厌】【恶】【自】【己】【的】【目】【光】，【她】【依】【然】【平】【静】【和】【保】【姆】【交】【流】【着】。 “【是】，【陆】【小】【姐】
【睁】【开】【眼】【睛】【后】，【筠】【簌】【回】【到】【了】【空】【间】，【空】【间】【是】【科】【技】【风】【为】【主】【的】【房】【间】。 【他】【没】【有】【忘】【记】【女】【尊】【位】【面】【说】【的】【要】【增】【强】【实】【力】。 【和】【系】【统】【聊】【了】【后】，【他】【就】【跑】【到】【健】【身】【房】【里】【锻】【炼】【了】，【随】【后】【又】【和】【机】【器】【人】【老】【师】【学】【了】【几】【天】【的】【拳】【击】。 【十】【天】【到】【了】，【阿】【籽】【对】【他】【说】，【【系】【统】【需】【要】【升】【级】，【积】【分】【和】【一】【些】【技】【能】【清】【零】，【升】【级】【后】【补】【偿】【您】【一】【万】【积】【分】，【补】【偿】【您】【一】【些】【道】【具】，【相】【关】【请】【看】
【邓】【宪】【和】【彭】【治】【聊】【完】【了】【话】【题】【后】，【看】【着】【唐】【领】【笑】【了】【笑】：“【老】【同】【学】，【上】【次】【和】【你】【说】【的】【合】【作】【考】【虑】【的】【怎】【么】【样】【了】？” “【压】【根】【没】【有】【考】【虑】。”【唐】【领】【很】【诚】【实】【的】【回】【答】。 “【也】【行】，【你】【要】【真】【不】【想】【和】【我】【合】【作】，【那】【我】【就】【找】【别】【人】【合】【作】【好】【了】。”【邓】【宪】【淡】【淡】【的】【说】【着】【喝】【了】【一】【口】【酒】。 “【你】【一】【个】【开】【百】【货】【卖】【场】【的】【和】【我】【合】【作】【的】【着】【吗】？”【唐】【领】【斜】【乜】【着】【邓】【宪】。 “【切】，