Wade Robson's story in "Leaving Neverland" is no doubt captivating, but those who were closest to Michael Jackson claim Robson twisted the facts to make the alleged abuse more sensational for the HBO documentary.
Sources within the Michael Jackson Estate and Jackson family tell The Blast they believe Robson is telling a different story, in Dan Reed's "Leaving Neverland," than what he said under oath during his 2016 deposition as part of the civil case he filed against MJ.
According to court documents, in 2016 Robson said the first alleged incident of abuse occurred while his family was still at Neverland and his sister was sleeping upstairs in Jackson's room.
However, in "Leaving Neverland," he claims Jackson convinced Robson's parents to leave him alone with the singer while they went on a trip to the Grand Canyon, and it was then that Jackson allegedly performed oral sex on him for the first time and kissed him.
Our sources claim the change in the story for the first description of alleged abuse is "more dramatic," and "not the story he told under oath in his deposition."
The former choreographer's lawsuit was dismissed in 2017 after a judge ruled that MJ's companies weren't liable for any damages, and the credibility of the allegations were never ruled on. He is currently appealing the decision.
The Jackson Estate, which is currently suing HBO for $100 million in damages, claims "Leaving Neverland," is "just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations."
Meanwhile, the controversy surrounding "Leaving Neverland" is continuing to make headlines, as Barbra Streisand found herself under fire after giving an interview where she blamed the parents of Robson and James Safechuck, and said, "You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”
Late Saturday evening, Streisand apologized and clarified her comments, explaining, "I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims."
The "Yentl" star continued, "I didn’t mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way. Like all survivors of sexual assault, they will have to carry this for the rest of their lives. I feel deep remorse and I hope that James and Wade know that I truly respect and admire them for speaking their truth.”