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September 16, 2019

Michael Jackson’s Estate Reacts after ‘Leaving Neverland’ Movie Wins Creative Arts Emmy

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Michael Jackson’s estate is far from happy about the Creative Arts Emmy recently won by "Leaving Neverland," the controversial HBO documentary that details allegations of child sexual abuse against the late King of Pop.

On Saturday, "Leaving Neverland" took home the award for Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special at the Creative Arts Emmys, The Blast reported.

Dan Reed at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sept. 14, 2019 in California | Photo: Getty Images

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"A COMPLETE FARCE"

Reacting to the win, a spokesperson for Michael Jackson’s estate said in a statement obtained by the outlet:

"For a film that is a complete fiction to be honored in a nonfiction Emmy category is a complete farce. Not one shred of proof supports this completely one-sided, so-called documentary which was made in secrecy and for which not one person outside of the two subjects and their families were interviewed."

Michael Jackson at the Santa Barbara County courthouse on Apr. 29, 2005 in California | Photo: Getty Images

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THE CONTROVERSIAL DOCUMENTARY

"

Leaving Neverland

," a two-part HBO documentary that

premiered

earlier this year, chronicles allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct leveled by Wade Robson and James Safechuck against Jackson. Both men claim that the late music icon had a sexual relationship with them in their childhood.

The explosive documentary has been trailed with controversy as the public is divided between those who believe the allegations and those who maintain that Jackson is innocent.

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In January, Jackson’s estate described the documentary as “just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations,” and has since slammed HBO with a lawsuit over a 1992 contract that allegedly bars the company from criticizing the late singer.

“Leaving Neverland” director Dan Reed, however, continues to stand behind his work and the testimonies of Robson and Safechuck.

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DIRECTOR'S STAND

While receiving the Emmy (one out of the five the doc was nominated for), Reed thanked both men for helping bring the project to life.

“None of this would have been possible without the incredible courage and determination of Wade and James and their families, and I wanted to salute that. ...this is one of the first times we’ve been able to shine light on child sexual abuse. …the pattern of how it unfolds is not an easy story to tell. …it often remains undisclosed for so many decades, so I thank them from the bottom of my heart."

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"LEAVING NEVERLAND:" THE IMPACT

Ahead of the show on Saturday, Reed also spoke with Entertainment Tonight about the impact he hopes “Leaving Neverland” has on the society.

"I just hope there are people out there, who have had a similar experience to the guys in my film, " the British director said. "Who feel more at ease with themselves having watched it, and have a way to articulate what happened to them."

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