Michael Jackson's family slam controversial new documentary 'Leaving Neverland'

Michael Jackson's family slam controversial new documentary 'Leaving Neverland'

Michael Jackson's contribution to music, for some, has been tarred by allegations of child abuse. First emerging in the early nineties and culminating in a court case against the singer in 2005 when he was vindicated on all counts, these allegations have once again surfaced almost ten years after Jackson's death in a new documentary, Leaving Neverland.

The documentary details the stories of two men who had known Jackson as children, Wade Robson and James Safechuck. During the 2005 trail, they said that the singer had never abused them under oath but have both changed their stories since Jackson's death.

Now, days before the two-part documentary is set to air, Jackson's family have responded in an interview with CBS This Morning.

This is what the singer's nephew said his "downfall" was: 

In the clip, when questioned about Jackson's now infamous admission that he shared his bed with children, his nephew, Taj Jackson, tried to explain that this was done innocently but acknowledged that his uncle failed to consider how some people might interpret this action.

"Naiveté was his downfall," Taj said.

In another clip of the interview, which begins with the show's host, Gayle King, asking the family how they could "complain or challenge" a documentary they haven't seen, Jackson's brother and founding member of the Jackson 5, Jackie said, "I know my brother. He's my little brother. I know my brother. He's not like that."

The clips were posted to Twitter by the news channel and provoked a strong response in the family's favor:

Not everyone, however, agreed with their decision to defend their late family member:

The first part of Leaving Neverland is airing this Sunday on HBO.