Michael Jackson’s Child Molestation Accusers Receive Standing Ovation at Sundance Film Festival

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Pop star Michael Jackson enters, after a security check, the courthouse in Santa Maria, Calif., for his arraignment on child molestation charges, Jan. 16, 2004. (Credit: KEVORK DJANSEZIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Pop star Michael Jackson enters, after a security check, the courthouse in Santa Maria, Calif., for his arraignment on child molestation charges, Jan. 16, 2004. (Credit: KEVORK DJANSEZIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Michael Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck have been greeted with a solemn standing ovation by a theater full of people at the Sundance Film Festival.

The stories of the two men who allege Jackson sexually abused them as children are detailed in the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” which had its only screening Friday at the film festival.

Wade Robson arrives at the Santa Barbara County Superior Court for Michael Jackson's child molestation trial May 5, 2005, in Santa Maria, Calif. (Credit: Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
Wade Robson arrives at the Santa Barbara County Superior Court for Michael Jackson’s child molestation trial May 5, 2005, in Santa Maria, Calif. (Credit: Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

In a Q&A, Robson said it has been an incredible experience being able to talk to Safechuck after feeling isolated for so long. Safechuck added that they were not offered any money to participate in the documentary, which will air on Britain’s Channel 4 and HBO this spring.

The Jackson estate denounced the documentary for rehashing “discredited allegations.” Jackson was acquitted of molestation charges in 2005.

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