James Safechuck's "Leaving Neverland" claim was inaccurate and now, MJ's estate is clapping back.
Michael Jackson's estate is continuing to fight back against the accusers in Leaving Neverland. According to The Blast, the icon's estate has clapped back at James Safechuck, saying that the inaccuracy made in the docuseries proves that this debacle has been “about the money or ratings.”
James Safechuck claimed that he was abused by Michael Jackson at the train station at Neverland. However, Jackson's biographer literally pulled out receipts proving that it wasn't possible since the dates didn't match up. The permit for the station was issued in 1993 but Safechuck said that the abuse ended in 1992. The station itself was built in 1994.
The attorney for Michael Jackson's estate issued a statement, saying, "Safechuck’s train station fiction is one of several lies in this film which shows that neither the director or HBO ever bothered to verify the claims made by these accusers. Safechuck’s allegations that he was abused in a building before it was even built and two years after he said the ‘abuse’ stopped speaks for itself.”
He added, “Remember these are two individuals who filed lawsuits asking for millions of dollars after changing years of their under oath testimony and multiple denials that Michael ever did anything inappropriate to them. The lawsuits were dismissed but the accusers are appealing the dismissals. I believe for the accusers, the director and HBO this has always been about the money or ratings.”
Dan Reed previously acknowledged the flub but stood by the allegations that Michael Jackson abused both Wade Robson and James Safechuck.