Michael Jackson doc could face Ofcom investigation after viewer complaints

Viewers found many of the descriptions hard to stomach

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Channel 4’s Michael Jackson Leaving Neverland documentary could be investigated by Ofcom after horrifying viewers with its graphic descriptions of abuse.

Many found the scenes hard to watch, including one in which accuser James Safechuck claimed Jackson taught him how to masturbate when he was just nine years old.

Another accuser, Wade Robson, said the abuse started when he was seven and claimed the King of Pop made him bend over and stood behind him masturbating.

Wade Robson (Credit: Channel 4)

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A spokesperson for Ofcom told Ent Daily: “We will assess these complaints before deciding whether or not to investigate.”

The TV Watchdog has so far received 31 complaints.

It came after viewers also reacted with disgust on Twitter.

One wrote: “#leavingneverland is horrific. Actually feel physically sick.”

Another tweeted: “Feel physically sick watching this and hearing this. Knowing I have a little boy and knowing these boys went through this is sickening. He might not be here to ‘defend’ himself but why do these men have to ‘lie’ #LeavingNeverland.”

A third posted: “#LeavingNeverland feeling so emotional watching this & feeling physically sick hearing these men’s stories.”

Someone else tweeted: “I feel sick to the stomach watching #LeavingNeverland… if these men are lying then wow they deserve oscars.”

But others were more disgusted by the fact the allegations were coming after Jacko’s death – and not while he was still alive.

One said: “Just watched part one of #LeavingNeverland . No attempt to speak to anyone defending mj. Accusing a dead man of being a nonce for financial gain? Disgusting. Where were you 15 years ago when he could defend himself?”

Another wrote: “Why are these proven liars, totally unchecked, allowed to wreak damage to the reputation of a proven innocent person? This #LeavingNeverland scam – and that’s exactly what it is – is such a genuinely disgusting representation of the worst parts of society.”

Leaving Neverland, the first part of which aired last night (March 6th), saw Wade describe his alleged ordeal in painful detail.

He said: “[Jackson] had me bend over on my knees… I was kind of on display.

“Right in front of me there was this Peter Pan cutout. So I was either looking back at him masturbating or looking forward at Peter Pan. Then we’d get up in the morning like nothing happened.”

James Safechuck (Credit: Channel 4)

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The documentary has been slammed by Michael’s family who insist the singer is innocent.

Because Michael died in 2009, they claim the allegations are unfair as he cannot defend himself against them.

The estate of Michael Jackson has issued a statement denouncing the film as “yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson”.

– Part two of the doc airs on Channel 4 tonight (March 7th) at 9pm.

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