Square One

2019, Conspiracy  -   39 Comments
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Ratings: 9.32/10 from 271 users.

Square One mounts a full-throated defense of Michael Jackson against the charges of pedophilia that plagued him in the latter part of his life and career. The centerpiece of the film lies in its debunking of the initial allegations made against Jackson in 1993. If those allegations can be disproven, the film seems to be arguing, then the subsequent charges against Jackson must be dismissed as well. To assist in this endeavor, filmmaker Danny Wu has assembled a series of never-before-aired statements from case witnesses, and new interviews with figures in Jackson's inner circle, including his nephew and 3T band member Taj Jackson.

The 1993 case never made it to court. Instead, Jackson paid his accuser - Jordan Chandler - a sum of $15 million to stop the case in its tracks. The film suggests that the case originated from a bitter custody battle between Chandler's parents. In an effort to attain full stewardship over his son as well as a hefty payout, the father drummed up false charges against Jackson and worked feverishly to coach his son to verify these allegations through false testimony.

The film damns many of the central players in this sad drama, as well as the circus players who roamed on its periphery. The non-stop media coverage of the case led to often misleading, and always sensationalist headlines.

A few interviews are offered that support the film's hypothesis that Jackson was wrongfully accused, including conversations with the legal secretary for prosecuting attorney Barry Rothman and, curiously, a series of fans who visited Neverland Ranch.

The film also tackles additional controversies related to the tabloid frenzy surrounding Jackson, including the scrutiny he received from his rare skin condition and the findings from the five search warrants that were carried out on his properties.

Square One is clearly the work of a fan on a mission, but it's produced with a lot urgency and passion. Viewers will have to decide for themselves if the insights contained in the film effectively disprove the initial accusation from 1993, or build a compelling case for the dismissal of the additional allegations that followed.

Directed by: Danny Wu

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39 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Deepi

    This documentary openly the facts behind the 1993 case of michael jackson sexual allegations! A must watch.. very very gripping documentary...!! After seeing this documentary now i understand we should always see the other side too before judging something believing media.. i understand now that media sometimes may not have all the information regarding a case and can make news with whatever info they have in hand and that news might appear a well researched news to us.. but in reality it is not.. and that is the big lesson i understood from this..

  2. KingSani

    For those who are confused about the 93 allegations against Michael Jackson should watch this. It will clear your confusion.

  3. Holly

    Cant believe this information isn't being shared by the mainstream media after they jumped straight on the leaving neverland bandwagon. This really does disprove it. The facts and evidence vindicate michael jackson.

  4. Bhavya

    The facts and the information provided in this documentary is not at all new to any true MJ fan as the fandom is well versed about all this. Danny Wu, the director became a fan in the researching process and made this zero budget documentary to help anyone understand why Michael Jackson settled the civil case back in 1994 and how that never ever meant that MJ was guilty. Jordan Chandler (the first accuser) being used by his own father, Victor guitterez and NAMBLA's association with the accuser's father, extortion scheme..etc is all very well put together.

  5. Cristie

    This documentary regarding MJ was very well laid out. It's a sad, sad tale regarding plain ol' greed. I always have said MJ never did have a childhood. So wanting to be around children and acting almost child like himself sometimes was purely innocent. That is why he was extremely close to Elizabeth Taylor. She too did not have a childhood. I think they understood each other. It never ceases to amaze me what someone would do for money; to ruin someone's life? SAD. Yes..did MJ do "unusual" things sometimes? Bottom line MJ was an entertainer. Of course he did things to stay in the press...look at Madonna for example. I just wish all this information was available to the public in 1993. History would be different. Possibly he would still be living. What a shame.

  6. Drew

    Square One is the definitive documentary about Michael Jackson and the original 1993 false allegations leveled against him. In a very neat, precise timeline, Danny Wu manages to explain, factually and corroborated by official documents, witnesses' testimonies and evidence, how an elaborate extortion scheme ended up ruining a man's reputation with the help of the reckless media. The moment someone watches Square One, they will realize what a documentary is supposed to be: the opposite of what Leaving Neverland gave the audience (no independent witnesses, no contradictory voices, no evidence whatsoever, glaring inconsistences and dozens of proven lies, concealed financial motives preceeding the movie and so on). This independent filmmaker was able to break down the MJ case in a more honest and flawless way than the media did for the past 30 years. Also, it is important to notice that both Safechuck's and Robson's allegations against Jackson partly overlap those of the 1993 accuser, with a very consistent storyline that is ascertained to have been fabricated. Do the math. A must-see for those who don't rely on feelings when it comes to a man's legacy or reputation, but on cold, hard, facts.

  7. Mel

    This is not a conspiracy film.

  8. Alex

    I found the story of Josephine very telling. That the first accuser would still be a MJ fan and tells others that MJ is not a child molester says it all. Everyone can investigate and see how his friends are openly MJ fans online, and how his sister liked a video of her with MJ in Monaco. The place where her brother was supposedly molested. It is not the behavior of a CSA victim and not how his friends and sister would act if it was really true. They don't even try to hide it. It is the media that has no interest in investigating the truth.

  9. Inspector 323

    Would be nice if the person who wrote this review would have signed their name, even a nom de plume. It really misses the mark on this film.

    Though Square One could easily be described as amateurish as a production, the content and research is anything but; it puts a lot of the shoddy reporting regarding these allegations to shame, using a combination of publicly available (but seldom referenced) material, and some exclusive interviews that in some cases are quite shocking, if all you knew was the decades-old media narrative.

    The film's strongest point besides the very tangible evidence and first-hand accounts of the people involved, is the establishment of a timeline. Something a certain other "documentary" on Jackson never, ever established very well.

    Mr. Ogden below is sniffing the septic tank, btw.

  10. Nordi

    My rating for Squareone MJ would be 10 stars...the facts are well laid out in sequence with easy to understand language. The use of graphics to simplify the narrative made it truly a work that needs to be given worldwide coverage. There is no sensationalism in this piece just facts and documents researched and made available. In my previous comment I didn't give it a rating I was just replying to the comment of someone else. Hopefully there will be other parts to this.

  11. Scott

    Excellent documentary that delves into the facts of the 93 allegations in a clear and detailed manner. The public misconceptions of that case is what has led to other chancers trying similar schemes in hope of a slice of Jackson's fortune too. Unlike a certain other Jackson-centered film this one uses credible sources and evidence to back up it's claims. It's clear as day that Evan Chandler (and not his son Jordan) made up these lies from his cash-hungry greed and jealousy of Jackson's friendship with June and Jordan Chandler. And of course if Jackson wasn't a child abuser here, why on earth would he become one later? It's extremely unlikely. And when you look into the later cases they all fall apart even more than they already had done. The 2005 trial should never have taken place and Robson/Safechuck's scam has no credibility whatsoever especially with all the masses of inconsistencies and clear evidence of their financial motivations. Well done, Danny Wu, whom like myself was not a Jackson fan, but felt the need to delve into the facts and see what actually happened. From all I see, Jackson was a generous and trusting man who helped thousands of people and unfortunately a few of those took advantage of that and destroyed him. Let's not let his legacy be tainted with vile lies any longer. He did a hell of a lot of good with his humanitarian work and that (and of course his music if that's what you're into) should be what he's remembered for. Not the gross attempts of extortion by obvious schemers.

  12. bobmoo79

    One more thing to add to this is, that contrary to the review above, Danny Wu WAS NOT a fan of Michael Jackson, but researched the case and THEN decided to make the documentary after realising the extent of the misinformation spread by the media. This was especially true this year.

    It's truly disgusting that the media can get away with doing what they did - deliberately ignoring pertinent facts to incriminate somebody who has never been convicted of a crime. Likewise, twisting facts for the same goal, and then there is the fabrication of stories to support their agenda. This part of the modus operandi involves paying money for stories they know are not true. In fact this year saw ex Neverland staff paid by multiple news agencies to tell stories of the things they saw at Neverland, despite them having sold stories to tabloids in the past and subsequently put on the stand, only for them to testify under oath that they saw nothing! But in 2019 they were again selling stories to eager tabloids. All involved are disgusting.

    Only people who have direct knowledge of the cases seem to be aware of the media's approach to MJ reporting. The court documents are available publicly but of course most people don't have the time or interest to read them personally, that is why they rely on the media to give them an accurate account. But the media doesn't. It's an outrage.

  13. bobmoo79

    Was the reviewer paying attention when he watched this film? He said "The 1993 case never made it to court. Instead, Jackson paid his accuser - Jordan Chandler - a sum of $15 million to stop the case in its tracks". For decades the media have been lazy and misleading in their reporting of this issue - a fact raised in the film, and showed again here.

    The author seems to imply the criminal case was stopped by the settlement, or at least allowed the reader enough scope to believe that was they case, but of course this is not the case and that is made very clear in the film.

    There were two ongoing cases - the civil case filed by the family for a multi-million dollar settlement, and the criminal case initiated by the police (the family never reported their claims to the police!).
    Jackson settled the civil case against him because the civil trial would have been held ahead of a criminal trial, and to defend that case he would expose all his defence strategy, testimony etc handing the criminal prosecutor a distinct advantage. The law was later changed as a direct outcome of this case so that a defendant is not forced to settle a case to protect his chance of a fair trial!
    Anyway, the settlement Jackson paid explicitly did NOT prevent the family cooperating with a criminal investigation or trial, and what many people fail to realise is that there is NO LEGAL way Jackson could have stopped them talking to investigators or a judge/jury.

    Once the settlement was paid, the family, who had NEVER reported their case to the police and only ever sought financial compensation, decided to not talk to police. It was their choice, NOT banned by any action Jackson took.

    Contrary to popular opinion, influenced by incorrect/misleading media reporting, Jackson NEVER bought the family's silence. In fact, before a civil case was launched the family approached him for money numerous times and he repeatedly refused to pay. They offered silence for his payment. He again refused and in fact filed extortion charges against them. He refused to pay right up until the deadline while his lawyers tried to delay the civil trial until after the criminal trial. Thpse requests were refused repeatedly. Jackson WANTED a criminal trial, but he wanted it to be fair. when he was left no choice, he eventually settled the civil case.

    In fact the criminal trial never happened because TWO grand juries refused to indict Jackson due to a weak case.

    1. Jess

      Or she- the author does not include their name.

  14. Tavian Oladapo

    Serious allegations demand serious scrutiny. It is actually astonishing how much information that casts doubts on the allegations against MJ can be easily found-with just a little digging. I was almost certain he was guilty until I began my own inquiry early this year. I know if someone abused my child,I wouldn't be pushing for a civil trial before a criminal one,I certainly would not lose interest in a criminal case which was still ongoing once we received money,and I would not have gone to a civil lawyer first. It is also interesting that Jordan Chandler refused every opportunity to testify against MJ-even as his mother did in 2005. This documentary laid it all out and made it easy to follow the timeline of events. Excellent work and long may it continue. It helps to know all the info that is easily accessible but is curiously missing from all the main stream reporting of all the allegations .Condemnation before investigation is the height of folly!!!

  15. Luna

    Just an aside, Mr Wu actually thought MJ was GUILTY and that’s how the film started.
    It was looking at the FACTS with no emotion that lead to this film.
    TLDR; not a fan made film.

  16. Bella

    Firstly I was not a fan/follower of MJ until the LN fiasco. And now that I know the truth I believe in you too MJ. Excellent work of the highest order. I thoroughly and without a doubt enjoyed this immensely. Thank you Danny and to everyone else that made this possible. #Idontbelievethosemfs #MJINNOCENT

  17. Jess

    @Peter None of what you mentioned is in "Square One". You're entitled to your opinion but at least be relevant to the topic. 10 Stars for #SquareOneMJ

  18. peter ogden

    correction: complete fool

  19. peter ogden

    i also believe that he was a complete full to trust in the quack who treated him for insomnia and ultimately killed him--he had it made and threw it all away--this is what often happens with rich, successful people who never took the time to get grounded in a good formal education--janet's another example of this uneducated idiocy.

    1. Jess

      "Square One". You're entitled to your opinion but at least be relevant to the topic. 10 Stars for #SquareOneMJ!

  20. peter ogden

    i couldn't care less about michael jackson. i am gay and i believe michael was gay and if not a pedophile he was very close to it. i also believe, as is often the case with the youngest boy in a family with numerous older sexually developed randy brothers that michael was sexually abused by one or more of his brothers when he was a small boy most likely on a frequent basis.

    1. bobmoo79

      It's very strange that despite NO claims ever being made I see this theory being raise more and more.
      Why do some people see the need to theorise that Jackson was himself abused when there is NO reason to believe that ever happened? You seem to suggest that when here are multiple older siblings they sexually abused the younger sibling. WTF are you talking about? You must have had a strange childhood. Also use of the words "most likely" are strange. "most likely" based on what? Your imagination???

    2. Jodavo22

      His brothers should sue you, I will pass this on to them.

    3. Nordi

      Interesting comments...How did you reach your conclusion? MJ wasn't gay. He wasn't sexually abused by his siblings or father. Where did you get your 'facts' from? Please share.

  21. Riley Robertson

    Finally, a truthful documentary about Michael Jackson. It presents the facts in an easy-to-understand way, so even someone who knows nothing about this case could understand. With all the evidence (or lack thereof), it’s clear that Michael Jackson was the victim of extortion since 1993. Accusers have since used the initial allegations to form their own stories. The media also has a lot to do with the spread of misinformation. There has never been one shred of evidence that suggests criminal activity. It’s time people know the truth—that Michael Jackson is innocent.

  22. Sabrina

    This documentary iz amazing! A must watch for everyone, not only Michael Jackson fans.

  23. Mariana

    A very well done documentary, with good information to understand the case and why the settlement established, you can see that was because the law didn't allow him to go for the criminal case first.

  24. Ahmad H Habib

    Bing real mj fan not easy we had seen hard time to defend our MJ this documentary said everything awesome job thanks for who involved to make this happen fact don't lie people do!

  25. Tiana

    This is a must seen for anybody who questions MICHAEL’s innocence. Please watch it. Everything is based on facts n research, not just blaaa blaaa, like The other what so called “documentary “10 stars.

  26. Tom

    10stars. He is innocent. Here is the proof. MJ you are missed.

  27. Heidi

    This is it. This is what I call a documentary. This is the truth. 10stars.Period

  28. Jess

    I don't understand the "conspiracy" tag, but super cool to get some coverage on the film. I thought it was very well done.

  29. Paul brady

    Really good doc with true facts in it... proves michael was always innocent , may he rest in peace

  30. alicia

    i stopped watching this 10 min into it.

    1. Deborah Greene

      Figures most closed minded do these things

    2. bobmoo79

      Why?

  31. shanny

    Cant help but feel this review was a little scathing. Square One is an excellent documentary which features a timeline of events backed up by documents, FACTS, and eye witnesses. It also features Award Winning Journalist Charles Thomson who is an expert on GENUINE pedophile cases. Its a heavily researched very well made Documentary. Despite it having no real budget and being independently made it has far more Journalistic credibility than Leaving Neverland. I would also recommend watching Lies of Leaving Neverland for anyone willing to research further, and reading the transcripts from the 2005 trial as well.

  32. CC

    10 STARS!! One of the best Docs I've seen. Never believed he was guilty, not then, and not now. I can never understand why some people are so sick and twisted that they'd lying and do anything for money. Wish all those horrible people would just drop dead. LOVE YOU FOREVER MJ. RIP.