A rumor with a little truth behind it is picking up steam not just for Michael Jackson fans but for everyone who watched Leaving Neverland.
A month after HBO aired the docuseries Leaving Neverland about two Michael Jackson accusers who say the King of Pop abused them over a number of years, Oprah has slowly begun distancing herself from the doc and her interviews with Wade Robson and James Safechuck.
All of her public tweets regarding the documentary have been scrubbed and the interviews she conducted have been pulled from her YouTube channel. The news comes as Michael Jackson fans and others discovered a huge plot hole in Safechuck’s accusation that he was abused inside the train station at Neverland. Safechuck claims his abuse began from 1988 to 1992. The train station didn’t begin construction until 1993 and was officially complete in 1994.
Director Dan Reed defended Safechuck’s inaccuracy, noting that despite the train station not being built around the time Safechuck claims he was abused there, it still doesn’t deny that he was abused period.
Meanwhile, HBO is rumored to be dropping the documentary from its lineup of air dates later this month as opposed to its original end time of September. The docuseries, which opened to rave reviews at Sundance this past February is set to air again on HBO on April 17 with no further listed dates after that.
Quentin Schaffer, HBO’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications, confirmed that the network will continue to show the documentary through April 17. It will also remain available to watch on HBO Now and HBO Go, according to OkayPlayer.
The rumored report of its removal comes on the heels of the fact that the Jackson estate is suing HBO over the airing of the documentary and Jackson’s nephews are currently raising money to create a counter documentary.