Director Dan Reed's malicious documentary Leaving Neverland has split opinion while exposing legendary singer Michael Jackson as a delinquent sexual predator.
With the testimony of Wade Robson and James Safechuck on their childhood in the presence of Jacko, he paints a gloomy picture of persistent abuse, which could have been repeated with a host of children between seven and eleven.
The author of a biography of Jackson, Mike Smallcombe, responded to the allegations and in speaking with Express Online, he tried to "expose Wade Robson as a liar" and thus discredit his claims.
Smallcombe said there is evidence that Robson repeatedly lied about Jackson and was considered an "unreliable witness" when he questioned allegations of abuse in the past.
He said Leaving Neverland gave only a part of the story and that there was no mention of the "nervous breakdown" suffered by Robson in 2012, since "he pursued Jackson with his accusations".
Smallcombe said that Robson described himself as a "master of deception" when he advertised a book on sexual abuse and tried to "force Jackson's estate into a financial deal" so as not to publicize his statements.
Smallcombe reiterated that "the judge ignored his sworn statements" and that Robson was "surprised by repeated lying".
Asked about his memories of the first nights at Neverland with Jackson, Robson told the trial judge, "that he" did not know "if his memory of that night" came from (his) memory or was told (him) by somebody else. "
At that time, Jackson's lawyer, Howard Weitzman, said that Robson was "trying to hide the evidence before his cases were cleared".
Smallcombe also states that Weitzman said: "Robson lied under oath and stated that, apart from a brief e-mail at the end of 2012, he had not had" written communications "with anyone (other than his lawyers) about his allegations just was abused by Jackson.
"This turned out to be a complete and total lie."
What is certain is that there are two sides to each story, but from the "evidence" shared on Leaving Neverland, it is difficult to look beyond the accusations placed at Jackson's feet, but this shows that the battle between Robson and the singer's property is been in progress and messy for some time.
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