Michael Jackson‘s estate has hit out after Leaving Neverland, the documentary that looks into abuse allegations made against the late pop star, won a Creative Arts Emmy Award.
The 71st Emmy Awards kicked off over the weekend with night one of the two-night Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony taking place at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
Leaving Neverland took home a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.
But in a statement released, the Jackson estate said: “For a film that is a complete fiction to be honoured in a nonfiction Emmy category is a complete farce.
“Not one shred of proof supports this completely one-sided, a so-called documentary which was made in secrecy and for which not one person outside of the two subjects and their families were interviewed.”
The two-part film directed by Dan Reed focuses on testimony by Wade Robson, 36, and James Safechuck, 41, who both claim that Jackson sexually abused them when they were children.
In the wake of the film being shown, Jackson’s songs were subsequently banned on numerous radio stations around the world.
By Damilola Faustino