In the harrowing documentary, Leaving Neverland, Michael Jackson's accusers share sickening details of their time at Neverland Ranch.
But a biographer claims he has evidence that the timelines of one man's story are contradicted ... by a building permit.
In turn, the Jackson family says this discrepency proves that the entire documentary about his alleged abuse is a fraud.
Biographer Mike Smallcombe announced on Twitter that he had obtained alleged evidence that contradicts a key part of an accuser's story.
"James Safechuck's story of being abused by Michael Jackson in Neverland's train station has been derailed," Smallcombe tweeted.
Given the grim context, the choice to make a train pun is ... a bit nauseating and dismissive. Nevertheless:
Smallcombe goes on to explain that he has recently been granted access to building permits for Neverland Ranch.
A small detail on one of those pieces of paper, he says, unravels Safechuck's story.
In Leaving Neverland, James Safechuck recalls having been molested by Michael Jackson as a child over the course of years.
Speaking of his time as a child, he mentions that this went on from 1988 to 1992.
One of the locations the he describes is a train station that Michael had built on his property.
But as Smallcombe explains, the permits show that the structure was built in 1993.
Does this mean that Smallchuck was fabricating his recollection of childhood sexual abuse?
The Jackson family's attorney sure thinks so.
In a statement to The Blast, Jackson family attorney Howard Weitzman argues that this exonerates Michael Jackson.
"Safechuck’s train station fiction is one of several lies in this film," Weitzman claims.
He accuses: "which shows that neither the director or HBO ever bothered to verify the claims made by these accusers."
"Safechuck’s allegations that he was abused in a building before it was even built and two years after he said the ‘abuse’ stopped speaks for itself," he adds.
The building was apparently not completed until 1994.
"Remember these are two individuals who filed lawsuits asking for millions of dollars," Weitzman says.
He notes that this was "after changing years of their under oath testimony and multiple denials that Michael ever did anything inappropriate to them."
"The lawsuits were dismissed," he says. "But the accusers are appealing the dismissals."
He then presents his theory as to why Leaving Neverland contained what he claims is a glaring inaccuracy.
"I believe for the accusers, the director, and HBO this has always been about the money or ratings," he concludes.
Dan Reed, who directed Leaving Neverland, took to Twitter just days ago to defend Safechuck and the documentary.
"James Safechuck was at Neverland both before and after the construction of the train station there," Reed says.
"The two still photos of the station shown in #leavingneverland were in fact taken by James," he adds.
Well, that definitely takes that defense down a peg.
He concludes, writing that Safechuck is someone "who is very clear that he was abused by Jackson in multiple places over many years."
So, what accounts for this discrepency?
We cannot honestly discuss it without acknowledging that trauma can have a severe and powerful effect upon memory.
People can recall, for example, a violent attack or incident of childhood abuse with horrific detail, but not remember when it happened, how they arrived, or how they left.
We should also note that Safechuck and Wade Robson both defended Jackson in court in 1993.
Robson says that Jackson showed him special interest during that time (after having all but ghosted him to shower attention on Macaulay Culkin).
Jackson settled that case out of court in 1994, the same year in which the train station was completed.
We cannot know for certain what happened or when it went down.
But the date of a building's construction being at odds with a childhood memory doesn't sound like the linchpin of any court case.