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Leaving Neverland: Chanel 4 to air controversial Michael Jackson documentary

Channel 4 will air controversial Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland [Getty]

Channel 4 will air the controversial documentary Leaving Neverland next month, which details allegations of sexual abuse against Michael Jackson.

The broadcaster will air the documentary on March 6 and 7 in two parts, starting at 9pm each night.

The estate of the late singer had issued a letter to the network claiming that the documentary violated its programming guidelines.

SANTA MARIA, CA - MARCH 29:  Michael Jackson and his father Joe Jackson (R) leave Santa Maria Superior Court during the pop star's trial on child molestation charges March 29, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. Jackson is charged in a 10-count indictment that includes molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.  (Photo by Christina Barany-Pool/Getty Images)Michael Jackson’s family has slammed the documentary as ‘disgraceful’ [Getty ]

The family of the star slammed the documentary as “disgraceful” and said that the claims in the documentary allege that the singer “groomed, molested and raped” underage boys.

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The King of Pop was acquitted on all counts of molestation during a trial in 2005 after Wade Robson initially testified in his favour.

LONDON - OCTOBER 12:  (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Singer Michael Jackson walks with his daughter, Paris, as they visit Harrods October 12, 2005 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)The channel will air the documentary on March 6 and 7 in two parts [Getty ]

However, the now 36 year old has accused the singer of trying to rape him when he was 14 and appears in the upcoming documentary.

Last week Michael’s brother, Jermaine Jackson, appeared on Good Morning Britain where he broke down over the programme.

Jermaine insisted that Michael, who died in 2009, was innocent as Piers Morgan quizzed him on the film, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

Paris Jackson has said her dad Michael was murderedThe King of Pop was acquitted on all counts of molesataion during a trial in 2005 [Wenn]

Piers asked Jermaine: “How sure can you be, Jermaine, that Michael was completely innocent?

“Given that you were not there, that he did not have a side to him that was pretty dark?”



Jermaine replied: “Piers, I’m 1000 per cent sure because Michael was tried by a jury. There was no real evidence, there was nothing there.

“Our family are tired. We are very tired. Let this man rest, there is no truth to this documentary. Look at the series of events.”




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