Michael Jackson’s private security guard is set to speak about sexual abuse allegations against the late singer in a Sunday Night investigation called The Truth About Michael Jackson.
“I believe it’s time for the world to know,” says Melanie Bagnall – who worked security at Jackson’s Neverland for almost three years – in a promo for the Channel Seven current affairs program.
The claims will then be shown to family members La Toya Jackson and Jermaine Jackson, the latter of whom is seen walking out during the interview with Matt Doran in the promo clip.
Earlier this month Jackson’s estate filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO over its plans to air the documentary, Leaving Neverland, that alleges the singer sexually abused two young boys.
“Michael Jackson is innocent. Period,” the suit said. “In 2005, Michael Jackson was subjected to a trial — where rules of evidence and law were applied before a neutral judge and jury and where both sides were heard — and he was exonerated by a sophisticated jury.
“Ten years after his passing, there are still those out to profit from his enormous worldwide success and take advantage of his eccentricities.”
The new four-hour documentary from director Dan Reed – which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival – features allegations from Wade Robson and James Safechuck that Michael sexually abused them as children.
Wade alleges he was sexually abused by the late King of Pop from the age of seven until 14, while James- who previously testified on Jackson’s behalf when he was accused of sexual abuse in 1993 – claims he was a victim from the age of 10 until he hit puberty.
Both men insisted they have not profited money from the film but just want to protect others from going through similar experiences.
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