Oprah Winfrey is set to interview Micheal Jackson‘s sexual accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the two subjects of HBO’s forthcoming Leaving Neverland documentary who say they were abused by Michael Jackson as children.
At the height of his stardom, Michael Jackson began long-running relationships with two boys, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, aged 7 and 10, and their families. Now in their 30s, the men tell the story of how they were allegedly sexually abused by Jackson.
Their interview with Oprah Winfrey will air in a special presentation called Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland on HBO and the Oprah Winfrey Network on Monday, March 4, at 10 p.m. ET.
In addition to her interviews with the two subjects, Winfrey will also speak to Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed about the project.
Leaving Neverland is set to air on HBO in two parts on March 3 and 4. The highly anticipated documentary debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January and has prompted both widespread praise and criticism.
The Jackson Estate has issued multiple statements decrying the alleged victims as “perjurers” and the documentary as “sensationalist.”
The estate has also filed a lawsuit against HBO demanding that the channel not do anything to hurt Jackson’s reputation.
Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed responded to the estate’s criticism saying:
“They have a very precious asset to protect. Every time a song plays, a cash register goes ‘ka-ching.’ It doesn’t surprise me that they’ve come out fighting in defense of their asset.”