Michael Jackson Estate Files $100 Million Lawsuit Against HBO for ‘Leaving Neverland’
Michael Jackson‘s estate is suing HBO for their documentary, Leaving Neverland.
The estate filed a petition to compel HBO into arbitration over the film, which accuses Michael of sexual abuse, for violating a non-disparagement clause according to legal documents obtained by The Blast on Thursday (February 21).
“Michael Jackson is innocent period,” the estate claims in the lawsuit, arguing that he had a “longstanding contractual relationship” with the network since running 1992′s Michael Jackson in Concert in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour.
“Although [Wade] Robson and [James] Safechuck now claim to want to speak the truth publicly to help out other ‘victims,’ their prior actions show otherwise,” the estate adds of the documentary’s participants.
The estate is now seeking “damages proximately caused by HBO’s reprehensible disparagement of Michael Jackson, which could exceed $100 million should HBO succeed in the damage it is intending to cause the legacy of Michael Jackson.”
“HBO and the director were well aware of their financial motives and that ample opposing facts are available from numerous sources, but made the unconscionable decision to bury any evidence casting doubt on their chosen narrative. Had they made an objective film it would have allowed viewers to make up their own minds about these allegations, instead of having a television network dictate to them that they must accept these false claims about Michael Jackson,” said attorney for the estate, Howard Weitzman.
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