Michael Jackson's Nephew Is Planning A Counter Documentary
Michael Jackson's nephew, Taj Jackson, has revealed that he will be releasing a documentary about his superstar uncle in response to the recently released and highly controversial HBO show, Leaving Neverland.
Leaving Neverland, which aired on Channel 4 earlier this month, focuses on the testimony of Wade Robson, 36, and James Safechuck, 41, who allege that Michael Jackson sexually abused them as children.
Taj kept plans for his new documentary under wraps until this week fearing his recent media appearances defending Michael Jackson's legacy might be construed as a form of promotion.
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He teased details of his documentary in an interview with NME this week and promised it won't just celebrate the life of the King of Pop like many others have.
"There's loads of those already," he began. "This is not going to be a puff piece. It's not going to be, 'Oh, let's show Michael Jackson the humanitarian.' This is about exposing all the things that have been mustering for 20, 30 years, you know?
"It's going to start off with the 1993 allegations because I think that's where everything started," he explained, referring to the first publicly-known sexual abuse accusations made against Michael Jackson by the father of 13-year-old Jordan "Jordy" Chandler.
In January of the following year, Jackson settled a civil lawsuit with the Chandlers for $23,000,000 and in September the criminal investigation was closed.
"It's going to talk about the settlement in terms of the civil suit and why he settled," Taj went on. "At one point he was very against settling and angry and then gave in. So why did he do that? So [the documentary is] going to talk about all of that."
Asked whether he is going to be balanced when putting the highly personal documentary together, he answered: "I'm gonna go with the facts."
One criticism of Leaving Neverland is that director Dan Reed didn't contact Michael's family or legal team to have their say.
Dan told NME: "It's not a platform for the Jackson estate to launch their campaign of counter-information. That's not what we provide. In this documentary, people make very serious allegations about Michael Jackson. It's not a piece of showbiz shim-sham."
Taj wants to allow his uncle's accusers to have their say in his counter documentary.
"If I can find them then one hundred percent [I would like to interview them]. Jordy Chandler would be the biggest one for me. But people have already tried to reach out to him, he's fled somewhere," he claimed.
"I would be honoured because his father was the one who put him up to [accusing Michael]. He didn't want to do any of it and originally even said nothing had happened. So I would be willing to do that, and with Gavin too."
Filming of the new documentary will start immediately according to Taj.
Leaving Neverland divided opinion upon its UK premier this month. MJ fans took to the streets of London to protest while radio stations around the world have since banned Michael Jackson's songs and The Simpsons producers have vowed to cut the iconic episode he voiced. Controversial adverts have appeared on London buses in his defence and there's been a surge for his music in the charts since the documentary aired.
Jackson denied any wrongdoing before he died in 2009.
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