Michael Jackson has been accused of molesting children multiple times, and each time his legacy has survived. He settled with his first alleged victim out of court in 1993, and then went on to conduct one of the biggest global music tours in history two years later. In 2005, he beat the charges levied against him in a widely publicized trial, stemming from a second set of allegations. When he died four years after that, his funeral was watched online by more than 31 million Americans, and attended in person by a who’s who of famous musicians, politicians, actors, and athletes.
Jackson was dead, but his music and the adoration of his fans would live on forever. Maybe the most beloved musician in history—a genre-jumping, global icon—he was too big to fail. HBO’s documentary Leaving Neverland could finally change all of that.