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Thousands Sign FBI Probe Petition for 'Leaving Neverland' Cast, Director, Oprah

Claudine Varela
May 21, 2019
09:05 A.M.

Fans of the late Michael Jackson are calling for an investigation of the documentary, "Leaving Neverland" and its supporters. A petition signed by thousands claims the film is slanderous and holds its accusers, director and even Oprah Winfrey responsible.

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Following the controversy created by the release of “Leaving Neverland,” the documentary that accused Michael Jackson of sexual abuse based on the testimonies of two of his alleged former victims, the late music legend’s fans have come together calling for an investigation into the film.

THE SUBJECTS OF THE PETITION

Thousands have signed a petition asking the FBI to intervene and prove that the people behind this film have falsely defamed their idol. Among those accused by the petition are James Safechuck and Wade Robson, the two men who claimed they were sexually abused by Jackson as kids, the film’s producer and director, Dan Reed, and Oprah Winfrey who interviewed Safechuck and Robson in the special , “After Neverland” and publicly expressed her support for the film.

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“As Michael's innocence was proven by a court of law and a 10 year FBI investigation, this is legally considered defamation of character."

WHY THE DOCUMENTARY DESERVES AN INVESTIGATION

The petition that was launched in the website change.org raised several points slamming the documentary for its inaccuracy and resulting defamation. Among other things, it maintains Jackson’s innocence based on previous cases filed against him in which he was found not guilty. It cited Wade’s two cases against the singer’s estate which were dropped. It also claims Wade and Robson “testified under oath that Jackson never harmed them. They are now both perjurers [sic].”

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“As Michael's innocence was proven by a court of law and a 10 year FBI investigation, this is legally considered defamation of character,” it adds.

The document also suggested Wade used a racial slur in the film when he likened Jackson’s hair to the feeling of a Brillo pad, another point raised against him for being a liar. The petition insists Michael wore a wig possibly of Caucasian origin and would not have hair closely associated with a Brillo pad.

"This is not the behavior of a victim of sexual abuse. This is not the behavior of a normal mother whose child was brutally raped right under their eyes allegedly. This is the behavior of liars and money seekers.”

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Wade was also slammed for suggesting Jackson would turn into his famous “Thriller” werewolf during his recount of a time the legendary singer allegedly curled up and cried due to loneliness.

“Again this is completely outrageous and an attempt to make Michael appear to be a monster. A monster of one of his own artistic creations at that,” the petition writes.

“If you have seen the documentary and interview, then you would have noticed the bizarre admiration everyone had for Michael even though they are claiming Michael brutally abused them for years,” it continues.

“This is not the behavior of a victim of sexual abuse. This is not the behavior of a normal mother whose child was brutally raped right under their eyes allegedly. This is the behavior of liars and money seekers.”

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“If the FBI could devote ten years towards investigating Michael Jackson finding no evidence of pedophilia, they can devote the short time it will take to investigate Wade Robson, James Safechuck, dan reed, and oprah. Expose these liars with a thorough federal investigation of the same precedence Michael endured.”

A CALL FOR ACTION

Towards the lower part of the petition, the writer called for an FBI investigation of Wade, Safechuck, Winfrey and other participants of the documentary for the lies they projected.

“This is the result of years of humiliating lies in order to gain jacksons millions,” it claims of the film.

To end, the petition maintained it will seek the justice Jackson deserves.

“We cannot as fans and descents human beings to allow this to continue anymore. This film is a grandiose attempt to kill him again by attempting to wipe his entire legacy and existence.

“If the FBI could devote ten years towards investigating Michael Jackson finding no evidence of pedophilia, they can devote the short time it will take to investigate Wade Robson, James Safechuck, dan reed, and oprah. Expose these liars with a thorough federal investigation of the same precedence Michael endured.”

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As of this writing, the petition has earned 8,550 signatures of the 10,000 it aims to get. There has been no word from Safechuck, Wade, Reed, or Winfrey regarding the matter.

THE LINE DRAWN BY THE DOCUMENTARY

“Leaving Neverland” aired in two parts on HBO in March and has since drawn lines between Jackson’s supporters and those who turned against him in light of the allegations of the film.

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Winfrey drew a lot of flak from her interview that followed the release of the documentary, a reaction she expected. However, she stood by her decision to support the film saying, “it’s not about one person, it is about the pattern. It is about the seduction. And people call it molestation, but there is a big seducing that goes on . . . that was important enough for me to take the hateration for.”

Meanwhile, Jackson’s family and estate have also expressed their dismay over the film and labeled it a money-making scheme. A tribute concert was held by Jackson’s brothers at the height of the controversy and the documentary, “Neverland Firsthand: Investigating the Michael Jackson Documentary” was released to challenge the allegations of “Leaving Neverland.”

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