Michael Jackson doc Leaving Neverland watched by 2 million viewers on Channel 4

Leaving Neverland

Over 2 million viewers watched the first half of Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland on Channel 4.

Directed by Dan Reed, Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson and Me sees two men who recount their experiences of being allegedly sexually abused by Michael Jackson.

After premiering in the US on HBO earlier this year, the two-part doc has gained worldwide attention.

An average audience of 2.1 million viewers watched the first half on Wednesday, March 6 on Channel 4 between 9PM and 10:50PM.

The second half airs tonight, Thursday, March 7 between 9PM and 11PM on Channel 4.

The estate of the late Michael Jackson previously branded the allegations in the documentary "dated" and and "discredited".

They said in a statement to TMZ: "This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson."

Speaking of his film, Director Dan Reed said: “If there’s anything we’ve learned during this time in our history, it’s that sexual abuse is complicated, and survivors’ voices need to be listened to. It took great courage for these two men to tell their stories and I have no question about their validity.

"I believe anyone who watches this film will see and feel the emotional toll on the men and their families and will appreciate the strength it takes to confront long-held secrets.”

Tom Porter, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, said of the film: “Dan Reed has succeeded in making an extraordinarily compelling, yet moving film about two men whose lives were changed forever by one of the most famous men who ever lived.

"Channel 4 is immensely proud to have commissioned this film and created the opportunity for James’ and Wade’s experiences to be so sensitively told.”

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