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Oprah Winfrey to interview Leaving Neverland subjects

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On Monday, March 4, HBO will premiere Sam Reed’s two-part documentary Leaving Neverland. The four-hour doc explores the lives of James Safechuck and Wade Robson, two men with very similar and incredibly upsetting stories about Michael Jackson. Both men allege they were abused by the late King of Pop after meeting him in the ’80s and ’90s, and Leaving Neverland sees them, along with their families, recount their stories. Following the conclusion of Reed’s harrowing documentary, Deadline reports that Oprah Winfrey will debut a follow-up special called Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland, featuring interviews with Safechuck and Robson.

The one-hour special was filmed in front of a studio audience that included survivors of sexual abuse. Winfrey’s interview with the two men will debut simultaneously on OWN and HBO following the conclusion of Reed’s doc, and will subsequently be made available on OWN and HBO’s On Demand platforms, as well HBO NOW and HBO GO.

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Leaving Neverland first premiered at Sundance back in January, where counselors were made available to attendees during an intermission–owing to the explicit nature of the sexual abuse described in the film. The first half of the doc premieres March 3 on HBO, and features Safechuck and Robson, now 40 and 36, respectively, recounting their childhood experiences with Jackson and the years of abuse they allegedly endured. The second half, which premieres on Monday, March 4, focuses on the investigations of Jackson in 1993 and 2003, as well as his trial in 2004.

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