Michael Jackson Estate Releases Concert Film During 'Leaving Neverland' Premiere

The first of two parts aired Sunday night on HBO.

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Sunday night represents the first of a two-night premiere in which HBO will air the controversial documentary Leaving Neverland, which includes graphic testimony from two men who say Michael Jackson sexually abused them as children.

The first-half of the doc was scheduled for 8 p.m. ET, which means that it's already been aired. However, in an effort to combat this, the "Official Michael Jackson Twitter Page tweeted out a link to the 1992 concert film Live in Bucharest (The Dangerous Tour). This film was made available on YouTube for "a limited time." As pointed out by Pitchfork, the concert footage has a runtime of two hours and two minutes, which is conveniently the exact length of the first part of Leaving Neverland.

For added context, the Jackson estate has been publicly challenging the documentary since it premiered at Sundance in January, which includes them filing a $100 million lawsuit against HBO. The film's director/producer, Dan Reed, indicated that this reaction didn't surprise him.

In keeping with this theme, a second Jackson concert film is set to combat Monday night's part two. As already indicated by the account that will be Live at Wembley Stadium:

Part two is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Immediately afterward, an Oprah Winfrey interview will air where she sits down with the movie's accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, in addition to Reed.

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