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The highly controversial Michael Jackson documentary, Leaving Neverland, caused a firestorm on Twitter following its premiere on HBO Sunday night (March 3).
The two-part documentary details the allegations of two men — choreographer Wade Robson and James Safechuck — who maintain that Jackson routinely sexually abused them as children at his sprawling Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County, California.
Bombshell allegations from the film, including predatory conditioning of the boys, habitual rape and a mock wedding ceremony between Jackson and Safechuck, were met with divisive reactions from celebrities and fans on Twitter.
The late King of Pop’s nephew Taj Jackson was among his most ardent defenders, responding to a fan by tweeting, “I’ve been around my uncle only thousands and thousands of hours. And since my uncle is not here to defend himself, the credibility of the accusers matter. And Wade and James have none.”
Other notable figures including Rosie O’Donnell, Bryan Greenberg, Amber Tamblyn, songwriter Scott Alan and others tweeted out their shock and disgust at the alleged abuse relayed in the film.
Meanwhile, many Jackson fans took to Twitter to circulate a list of supposed facts “you won’t find in Leaving Neverland” to call the accusers’ stories into question.