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The Michael Jackson documentary has left movie critics "sick to their stomachs".

Content Warning: This post discusses child abuse and will be disturbing for many readers. 

Critics have left the screening of Sundance documentary Leaving Neverland, which details allegations of abuse against Michael Jackson, feeling “sick”.

In the film, Wade Robson, who was acquainted with Jackson during a dance competition aged five, and James Safechuck, who featured with the deceased singer in a Pepsi commercial, are interviewed about the abuse they claim happened to them as pre-teens in the 1990s.

In one section of the film, Safechuck describes the “safety drills” the singer made him perform in case they were caught together, and shared that the singer made him participate in a mock wedding.

During his life, Jackson completely denied the allegations.

In 1994, Jackson was first accused of child sexual abuse when 13-year-old Jordan Chandler accused him of molestation, and while a criminal investigation was inconclusive, Jackson settled the civil suit with the family for $22 million.

Twitter users have spoken about the confronting nature of the documentary, which left some of them “shaking”.

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Following the film, Safechuck and Robson held a Q&A session on stage.

If you, or a young person you know, is struggling with symptoms of mental illness please contact your local headspace centre here or chat to them online, here. If you are over the age of 25 and suffering from symptoms of mental illness please contact your local GP for a Mental Health Assessment Plan or call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14. For children, help is available on Kid’s Helpline on 1800 551 800. 

For urgent medical care, contact 000 immediately. Help is available. 

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