With the second part of Leaving Neverland due to be broadcast tonight and R Kelly melting down in a TV interview this week, it looks as though America might be on the verge of having its own Yewtree moment.
Much like the UK original, it too has been spawned out of a critical re-evaluation of a once-beloved entertainer: one who went out of his way to surround himself with children, showing them a world of luxury, granting all of their wishes – all as a way to hide in plain sight.
But the most interesting part of Yewtree UK was when Max Clifford got collared. A man who was infamous for knowing where everyone’s skeletons were buried; a man who had pulled favours for almost every power-player in the game. The idea of someone like Clifford getting turned over by the police really sent shivers down the spines of many of the rich and powerful.
The closest parallel in America’s instance is likely to be the infamous billionaire and convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. Oddly enough, the US Department Of Justice has just announced that it is going to be opening a new investigation into aspects of the handling of Epstein’s case – and both sides appear eager to unseal previously sealed court documents, both believing that they contain conclusive proof that will vindicate their respective clients.
Given that Epstein has some awkward ties to both the British Royal family and multiple White House administrations, another huge reckoning might soon be at hand…