Michael Jackson’s fans band together to sue HBO over “Leaving Neverland”
Michael Jackson’s French fans in particular are standing up for the man in the mirror (Michael Jackson).
Earlier this year HBO released a documentary called Finding Neverland, which sheds light upon alleged child abuse committed by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
The film focuses on two accusers- Wade Robson and James Safechuck- who paint Jackson as a manipulative monster who abused them repeatedly over a period of years.
Although the film was generally received well by critics, many of his fans are pissed off and are demanding justice.
Several members of Michael Jackson fan clubs in France are suing the accusers from the documentary (Robson and Safechuck). Under French law, it is a criminal act to tarnish the image of the deceased. However, it is not a crime to do so in the United States or Canada.
The case is expected to reach the courts in the coming weeks.
Michael Jackson: Chase the Truth
The late singer’s estate tried to make HBO pull the documentary, however failed to do so. Jackson’s lawyer stated that HBO breached a 30-year-old contract by creating Finding Neverland.
The contract, which was signed with Jackson ahead of them broadcasting his two shows, stipulates that HBO are prohibited from producing negative media about Jackson. Wow. What a clause!
Jackson’s lawyers have been unsuccessful in having the case heard behind closed doors, with the matter set to be decided in traditional court.
Some celebrities have come to Jackson’s defense and Michael Jackson: Chase the Truth, a counter-documentary which will attempt to disprove the allegations made by Jackson’s alleged victims, is coming out on August 13.
Interestingly, the King of Pop’s music sales have increased by 10% since the documentary debuted. There’s no such thing as bad press, right?
Michael Jackson’s fans band together to sue HBO for tarnishing the image of the deceased King of Pop; cue the media frenzy surrounding court proceedings.