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Leaving Neverland Director Wants To Do New Documentary On Michael Jackson’s 2005 Child Molestation Trial

March 18, 2019 | Posted by Ashish
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Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed recently told Film Stage that he would like to do a new Michael Jackson-focused documentary on the singer’s 2005 child molestation trial. That trial focused on the accusation that Jackson molested Gavin Arvizo when he was 13 years old. Jackson ended up being found not guilty of all charges.

“Oh yeah, I would love to do that,” Reed said. “The film I would really like to make following this one is the trial of Michael Jackson. I could only do that if the victim and his family participate. It would be a much weaker film [if they didn’t.] I don’t want to follow Leaving Neverland with a weaker film. If Gavin Arvizo and his family would agree to participate, I would very much like to tell the story of that trial. I think it’s fascinating and astonishing that Michael was acquitted. The way that happened is an amazing story and one that should be told. But no, I’m not going to just carry on making Michael Jackson films, that’s not my thing. Like I said, this wasn’t a film about Michael Jackson.”

Leaving Neverland has caused renewed focus on Jackson’s controversial past and has led to radio stations banning his music.

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