'Leaving Neverland' And Questions About Michael Jackson's Legacy

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Michael Jackson performing in 1988. (Cliff Schiappa/AP)
Michael Jackson performing in 1988. (Cliff Schiappa/AP)

Allegations that Michael Jackson sexually abused children have been in and out of the headlines for years.

Now, they're resurfacing in a big way because of the HBO Documentary 'Leaving Neverland.' Part 1 aired last night; the second part runs tonight. The film features two men who describe — in graphic detail — being groomed and molested by Jackson when they were boys.

Beyond the claims themselves, "Leaving Neverland" is fueling a fierce debate about Jackson's musical legacy ... and what we should do with any collection of art, after its creator is accused of monstrous crimes.


Renée Graham, associate editor and columnist for the Boston Globe and a WBUR contributor. She tweets @reneeygraham.

Joe Bennett, a musicologist and vice president for academic affairs at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He tweets @JoeBennettMusic.

This segment aired on March 4, 2019.


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