As part of its shift toward true crime, Oxygen has begun rolling out The Jury Speaks, a four-part series spotlighting the jurors behind some of America’s most high profile criminal trials: the prosecutions of Robert Durst, Michael Jackson, O.J. Simpson, and George Zimmerman. The second episode, airing July 23, focuses on Jackson's 2005 case. At one point, it mentions Living With Michael Jackson, a 2003 documentary that offered a rare glimpse into the reclusive singer's life, and now over a decade later, those looking for broader context may want to know where to watch Living With Michael Jackson.
Unfortunately for viewers, it's not available on streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu, nor can it be purchased or rented on iTunes. But don't throw in the towel just yet: Thanks to the many luxuries afforded by the internet, a 50-minute worth chunk of the nearly two-hour film is available on YouTube. It's not the full experience, but it's illuminating nonetheless.
For those that missed it the first time around (or simply need a refresher), the movie features Jackson in intimate conversation with British journalist Martin Bashir, discussing everything from his music and family to his public transformation. Jackson, however, felt the footage was deliberately sensationalized, particularly in the way that it depicted his relationships with young children, and released a statement condemning the documentary. (Jackson was indicted on several charges relating to child molestation during his 2005 trial. He denied all counts and was found not guilty). According to excerpts provided to CNN, Jackson said:
In response, Bashir defended his work during a live webchat for the network on which the film had aired, ITV. According to The Telegraph, he stated that he had "not betrayed" Jackson and that he thought the star's life had not been "permanently disfigured" by his interview with him. He continued:
In 2009, after Jackson's death, his former manager Dieter Wiesner claimed to The Sun that Jackson was so upset by Living With Michael Jackson that it exacerbated his alleged drug use.
Bashir also spoke out after Jackson's death on ABC News, saying, "The truth is that he was never convicted of any crime, I never saw any wrongdoing myself and whilst his lifestyle may have been a bit unorthodox, I don't believe it was criminal and I think the world has now lost the greatest entertainer it's probably ever known."
So while it may be difficult to pin down the full version of Living With Michael Jackson, both it and the controversy that trailed it have been well documented. See what the jurors of Jackson's trial had to say about it when The Jury Speaks' second episode airs on Sunday.