'Leaving Neverland' Director Defends Documentary On CBS

‘Leaving Neverland’ Director Defends Documentary On CBS

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LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) “Leaving Neverland” director Dan Reed gave a straightforward answer to “CBS This Morning” as to why Michael Jackson’s family was not included in the controversial documentary: because they weren’t in the room when the alleged sexual abuse of two boys took place.

“No one else was in the room, I don’t believe, when Wade [Robson] was being molested by Michael,” Reed said, “or when James [Safechuck] was having sex with Michael.”

The morning news program is airing thee days of exclusive interviews on the documentary in a lead-up to its launch on HBO this Sunday. The documentary features two men who claim to have been molested by Jackson when they were youths, and apparently includes a mock wedding between Jackson and one of the participants.

When asked by anchor Gayle King why he didn’t think it was important to include the Jackson family in the film, Reed replied, “This is not a film about Michael Jackson, it’s a film about Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the two little boys to whom this dreadful thing happened long ago.”

When pressed on the issue, Reed said, “What does the family know about the sexual abuse? Do you think they know about the sexual abuse? What was important to me was to have eyewitnesses or people who could add something to the story. I don’t know that the Jackson family has any direct knowledge of what happened to Wade and James.”

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