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Old 03-12-2019, 02:27 PM
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Did anyone watch this?

Would love to know what people (from this forum) thought of it LOL
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Old 03-22-2019, 04:16 PM
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I finally decided to watch it last night on 4oD, if nothing else than to avoid burying my head in the sand (as a fan) and be dismissive.

Iím still not sure which way to think of Iím behind honest. The people interviewed give a very detailed account and compelling story of what apparently happened, but itís not like thereís any evidence. And with cases like this, there never will be. The only people who will really know the truth are Jackson and these two individuals.

Before I sat down and watched the documentary, one thing I didnít buy above all was why this wasnít revealed in the 2005 trial. Unlike many victims of abuse by celebrities and people in power, at the time they were adults and they had a platform, an opportunity to be vocal. Wade Robson testifying in Jacksonís favour only to revoke all these years later.

Having now watched it, Iím still sceptical but I appreciate how there always seems to be a grooming process that goes on before, during and after the abuse, particularly on an emotional level where they have a hold on you. Something that I deduce is indoctrinated and is easily done at such a young age and that stays with you into adulthood before you realise that something wasnít right. Which is why (if this is true of course) nothing was said during his lifetime.

Itís all too similar to the Jimmy Savile/BBC scandal that arose one year after his passing in 2012. (I donít know how well known Savile is outside of the UK) how abuse went on for decades as he ďhid in the spotlightĒ as it were, and I believed those cases despite (like with Jackson) no actual evidence. But then Savileís reign as a TV presenter/personality during the 70s and 80s was a bit before my time, where as Jackson was still a superstar right up until his passing.

These cases of abuse against children in this nature are always difficult as youíre always hard-pushed to find any concrete evidence (particularly if the accused is not alive to defend themselves) and some people will always try to fabricate a story about someone for money and attention. But of course I do think victims of abuse must be heard.

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