THE bombshell documentary Leaving Neverland left Michael Jackson’s reputation in tatters.
But loyal fans of the late pop icon have retaliated with a counter documentary to be broadcast on Amazon Prime Video next month.
It picks holes in the stories of Wade Robson and James Safechuck who claimed Jackson sexually abused them.
A TV source said: “The footage will question a lot of the accounts from Wade and James.
“Its makers claim some of their stories would have been impossible, mainly because there were so many people close to Michael and surely they would have witnessed such behaviour.”
It will feature former child star and close pal Mark Lester, bodyguard Matt Fiddes and Jackson biographer Mike Smallcombe — who claims Safechuck’s’ story of being abused in Neverland’s train station could not be true as it was built two years after he said the assaults stopped.
Fiddes, who guarded Jackson for ten years, has also refuted the abuse accusations.
He said: “It was all about Neverland’s security systems — trying to get past security was physically impossible.
“A hundred people would’ve had to turn a blind eye. Plus you had nannies with us, cameras above the bedroom doors.
“My brother-in-law was the night time bodyguard so he’d stand outside Michael’s bedroom door and of course we’d overhear things. If there were kids in the room and anything untoward was going on, we’d hear it.
Leaving Neverland, shown on Channel 4 in March, led to some radio stations pulling Jackson’s music and even his friend Oprah Winfrey siding with his accusers.
But other big name stars, including Barbra Streisand and Boy George spoke out in defence of Michael.
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