Following HBO's debut of Dan Reed's Leaving Neverland, a two-part documentary about the accusations of abuse that have been levied against Michael Jackson by Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck, Oprah Winfrey will deliver her own special coverage of the subject.
Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland will air immediately after the second segment of Leaving Neverland on Monday, March 4. In the special, which was filmed in front of an audience that includes survivors of sexual abuse, Winfrey will speak Robson and Safechuck about their experiences with Jackson, who they claim abused them as children.
Leaving Neverland centers on the abuse Robson and Safechuck — who were aged 7 and 10 at the time, respectively — allege they experienced during their time at Jackson's sprawling estate, known as Neverland. Both men, now grown, maintain that they were victimized by Jackson. Per HBO's description, Leaving Neverland "presents their accounts of sustained abuse, exploring the complicated feelings that led both men to confront their experiences after both had a young son of their own."
In January, the Michael Jackson estate issued a statement in response to Leaving Neverland, which reads, in part, "Leaving Neverland isn't a documentary, it is the kind of tabloid character assassination Michael Jackson endured in life, and now in death. The film takes uncorroborated allegations that supposedly happened 20 years ago and treats them as fact. These claims were the basis of lawsuits filed by these two admitted liars which were ultimately dismissed by a judge. The two accusers testified under oath that these events never occurred. They have provided no independent evidence and absolutely no proof in support of their accusations, which means the entire film hinges solely on the word of two perjurers."
After Neverland will air immediately after Leaving Neverland's second part airs on HBO. The Winfrey special will be featured on both HBO and OWN.
Part one of Leaving Neverland will air on Sunday, March 3 at 8/7c, and part two will air on Monday, March 4 at 8/7c on HBO.