'Pathetic attempt to cash in': Michael Jackson's estate slams graphic child abuse documentary

Critics have described feeling "sick" and "shaken" as they left the premiere of a new documentary about Michael Jackson.

Leaving Neverland focuses on two men who say the late King of Pop molested them as children and has shocked viewers with its graphic details.

But his estate has dubbed the claims "a pathetic attempt to cash in".

"The film takes uncorroborated allegations that supposedly happened 20 years ago and treats them as fact," his estate said in a statement.

"The two accusers testified under oath that these events never occurred. They have provided no independent evidence and absolutely no proof in support of their accusations, which means the entire film hinges solely on the word of two perjurers."

They accused the filmmakers of not seeking outside opinions and neglecting opposing facts, and said Leaving Neverland was a "rehash of dated and discredited allegations".

The documentary details the accounts of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claim Jackson befriended and then sexually abused them starting when they were just seven and 11-years-old respectively.

The film features interviews with the pair - as well as their family members - about their first encounters with the singer and how they were groomed by him.

Both men had been involved in the 2005 investigation into Jackson, with Robson testifying that the singer never molested him - something he now says he did because he was scared of what would happen if he told the truth.

Jackson repeatedly denied sexual abuse allegations and was acquitted of child molestation charges in 2005.