The bombshell documentary Leaving Neverland premiered on HBO on Sunday, detailing the allegations of two men who say Michael Jackson sexually abused them when they were minors.
James Safechuck and Wade Robson have little in common, but for a time in the late 1980s they both caught the eye of the King of Pop.
He was the most famous man in the world at the time, and they were two unknown boys who claim that night after night they were subject to a list of sexual assaults and abuses.
Safechuck was 10 when the alleged abuse started, while Robson was just 7.
Robson met Jackson at the age of 5 after winning a dance competition, spending a few days with the singer in Melbourne during his Bad Tour.
He had won a local dance competition, and as a prize won tickets to Jackson’s show.
Jackson met Robson on the first night and asked him to return the following evening, at which point he put him on stage.
The morning after that, Robson and his mother spent two hours with Jackson in his hotel before he flew off for the next stop on his tour.
Two years later, the Robsons contacted Jackson when they were in Los Angeles, and he invited the family to his Neverland Ranch.
The family fell under his spell, and after just a few days at Neverland, agreed to leave Robson alone with Jackson.
That, claims Robson, is when the abuse began.
Safechuck was 9 when he and Jackson worked together on a Pepsi commercial, and just one year later found himself marrying Jackson in a hotel room, he claims.
He would soon travel around the world with the King of Pop, and in a hotel room in Paris, Jackson allegedly taught him how to pleasure himself.
As Aafechuck’s mother explains, she thought everything was fine since she was with her son on these trips, but did realize that her hotel rooms started to get further and further away from where Jackson and her son were each night.
‘I think when I was with him he was happy,’ said Safechuck.
‘He was at the peak of his creativity and he was at the peak of his success and everyone wanted to meet Michael or to be with Michael. He was already larger than life and then he likes you.’
Robson also had some fond memories of the man.
‘He was one of the kindest most gentle loving caring people I knew. He helped me tremondously,’ said Robson.
‘He helped me with my career, he helped me with my creativity, with all of those sorts of things.’
He then added: ‘And he also sexually abused me. for seven years.’