For months now, the family and estate of Michael Jackson have been responding to Leaving Neverland, the searing documentary by Dan Reed that chronicles disturbing sexual abuse allegations from Wade Robson and James Safechuck, with their own amalgam of statements, interviews, threatening letters, and a nice little lawsuit against HBO. In their latest attempt to desperately change the narrative, the estate is sharing the late pop icon’s biggest concerts on YouTube for a limited time, free of charge.
Just ahead of Leaving Neverland’s Sunday night HBO premiere, Jackson’s official Twitter account announced their own Sunday release of Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour along with a Monday stream of his 1988 Wembley Stadium show. Both concerts were slated to drop at 8 p.m., which is not-at-all-coincidentally timed perfectly with the two-part documentary. Prior to this weekend, both recordings were available to rent on multiple platforms.
Leaving Neverland premiered at this year’s Sundance Festival in January, complete with a supply of mental health counselors to help those distressed after the screening. Since then, Jackson’s family and avid supporters have tried to block the four-hour documentary’s worldwide premiere to no avail. If you’re considering tuning in, it might be a good idea to read our review first to better equip yourself for the seriously troubling details to come.