By LINDSEY BAHR, AP
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Wade Robson and James Safechuck didn’t know what to think when the lights went up after the first public screening of “Leaving Neverland” late last month at the Sundance Film Festival. In the 236-minute documentary that will air in two parts on HBO and Britain’s Channel 4 in March, both describe, in harrowing detail, how they say Michael Jackson sexually abused them as boys. It was the second time they’d seen it and the first with an audience.
At intermission director Dan Reed even wondered whether or not they were going to be able to make it through the Q&A they’d promised to do. Safechuck said it was like being “punched in the face.” But they stayed, and watched, and as the credits rolled the couple hundred people in the audience stood and applauded solemnly.