Leaving Neverland's Dan Reed filming a sequel to Channel 4 documentary

Rianne Houghton
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Photo credit: Jerod Harris / Stringer - Getty Images

From Digital Spy

Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct allegations that some readers may find upsetting.

Leaving Neverland, the haunting documentary film detailing the sexual abuse allegations made by Wade Johnson and James Safechuck against Michael Jackson, is set to get a sequel.

The filmmaker behind the Emmy- and BAFTA-winning documentary, Dan Reed, is currently shooting a follow-up project, Deadline is reporting, as Robson and Safechuck pursue separate claims against MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures.

Reed's documentary, which aired on Channel 4 in the UK and HBO in the US last year, featured in-depth interviews with the two men, who have accused Michael Jackson of grooming and sexual abuse – claims the late singer always denied.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

Related: Leaving Neverland's Dan Reed reveals one devastating scene that was a last-minute addition to the documentary

The footage from Los Angeles' Superior Court is set to be used in a new project for Channel 4, in which Reed will capture the legal battle between Robson and Safechuck and the Jackson companies.

The late singer's estate has always denied the documentary's allegations and criticised the film when it first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

According to Deadline, MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures are now demanding that Reed hand over any materials relating to the original documentary and the follow-up, and are also attempting to ban the director from filming in court.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

Related: Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed reveals "one of the big questions" that his film had to answer

Of the new film, Reed said: "The follow-up documentary for which I am currently filming in these cases is about current events taking place partly in public view and will be an unfolding narrative with multiple points of view."

Readers who are affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 (www.nspcc.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline on (1-800-422-4453) or the American SPCC (www.americanspcc.org).

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