Michael Jackson Estate Sues HBO Over Sexual Abuse Documentary

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 22, 2019

After all, HBO has a longstanding relationship with Michael Jackson dating back to the airing of Michael Jackson Live in Concert in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour in 1992.

Representatives for the late singer, who died in 2009, have filed a lawsuit against HBO and its parent company, Time Warner, over next month's Leaving Neverland, a two-part documentary detailing multiple allegations of sexual abuse against Jackson.

The lawsuit's tactical approach was previewed in a tweet sent out by Jackson's official Twitter account last January, as Leaving Neverland was making its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The suit seeks to compel HBO to litigate the matter in a public arbitration process, and claims that the estate could be awarded $100 million or more in damages.

"Despite the desperate lengths taken to undermine the film, our plans remain unchanged, HBO will move forward with the airing of 'Leaving Neverland, '" HBO said in a statement Thursday. "This will allow everyone the opportunity to assess the film and the claims in it for themselves".

The network didn't respond to the breach-of-contract allegations.

Jackson estate attorney Howard Weitzman told The Blast, "HBO breached its agreement not to disparage Michael Jackson by producing and selling to the public a one-sided marathon of unvetted propaganda to shamelessly exploit an innocent man no longer here to defend himself. Period", and goes on to recount the criminal investigation and 2005 trial in which Jackson was acquitted, highlighting the conflicting statements through the years of Robson and Safechuck, who are described as "admitted perjurers" in the suit. HBO could have and should have ensured that Leaving Neverland was properly sourced, fact checked and a fair and balanced representation. "Instead they chose to fund and produce a film where they knew the two subjects had for many years testified under oath and told family, friends and law enforcement that Mr. Jackson did nothing inappropriate to either of them". The lawsuit also attacks the network and the film's director, Dan Reed, for not meeting with the estate to discuss the film's claims.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE