Michael Jackson supporters are planning to protest outside Channel 4 (Picture: Reuters)Michael Jackson supporters are planning to protest against Channel 4 airing HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary that explores allegations of sexual abuse made against the star.
Leaving Neverland is scheduled to broadcast in the UK tonight (6 March) on Channel 4, with the network previously stating it was amping up security ahead of the documentary’s airing due to backlash.
The controversial doc has already aired in the US, leaving viewers ‘seriously traumatised’ – due to the graphic detail it goes into about Wade Robson and James Safechuck’s claims that MJ sexually abused them when they were children.
Channel 4’s Jasmine Dotiwala tweeted plans of a protest against Leaving Neverland in Westminster hours before the documentary is set to air.
UK TV News teams. Here’s an easy bit of footage for you to grab tomorrow. Michael Jackson documentary protesters will be demonstrating from noon-3pm tmrw from Westminster to @Channel4 #LeavingNeverland
— Jasmine Dotiwala (@jasminedotiwala) March 5, 2019
She said: ‘UK TV News teams. Here’s an easy bit of footage for you to grab tomorrow. Michael Jackson documentary protesters will be demonstrating from noon-3pm tmrw from Westminster to @Channel4 #LeavingNeverland.’
Michael Jackson’s estate tried to get the documentary pulled and have filed a $100million lawsuit against HBO – they have strongly denied the allegations made against the Billie Jean hit-maker.
Michael’s family have also said the claims made in Leaving Neverland are not true and accused Robson and Safechuck of ‘trying to make money’.
Leaving Neverland concluded with the second of its two-hour specials on Monday night in the US, with viewers tweeting they were left ‘disturbed’ by the show and that it had been ‘hard to watch’.
Leaving Neverland has been divisive among viewers (Picture: WireImage)While many have shown their support for Robson and Safechuck, MJ fans are standing by the singer and criticised the documentary for being ‘one-sided’.
They also took aim at Oprah Winfrey, who hosted an hour-long interview with his accusers straight after Leaving Neverland finished, accusing her of ‘taking sides’ with Robson and Safechuck.
Reports claim that Los Angeles police have now upped security around Michael’s Hollywood star on the Walk of Fame, concerned by the backlash Leaving Neverland has had.
They are making extra patrols around the site and surveillance cameras have been put into use at ‘all times’.
Leaving Neverland airs on Channel 4 on 6 March.
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