Oprah Winfrey to Interview Michael Jackson Accusers in 'Leaving Neverland' Special
Oprah Winfrey is taking on the controversy over HBO's Michael Jackson documentary "Leaving Neverland."
The media mogul will interview Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck for a special to air on HBO and OWN immediately following the March 4 broadcast of the second part of the documentary.
The special, titled "Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland," was taped before an audience that includes survivors of sexual abuse.
"Leaving Neverland" focuses on Robson and Safechuck, who were befriended by Jackson as young boys.
Through gut-wrenching interviews with Safechuck, now 40, and Robson, now 36, they recount childhood abuses they claim to have suffered at the hands of the Jackson, who passed away in 2009 at age 50.
Jackson's estate has filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO and its parent company, Time Warner. They claim that the network has violated a non-disparagement clause from a 1992 contract that was written after HBO aired one of Jackson's concerts.
After "Leaving Neverland" debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Jackson's estate called the four-hour film "a tabloid character assassination."
Robson — a well-known choreographer who worked with NSYNC and Britney Spears — defended Jackson in court during the singer's infamous 2005 child molestation case, but he says in the trailer that he wasn't telling the truth.
"I want to be able to speak the truth as loud as I had to speak the lie for so long," he says.
Watch the trailer for the documentary below. Part one premieres Sunday, March 3.