Michael Jackson’s Estate Sues HBO Over ‘Leaving Neverland’ Documentary
The Michael Jackson estate have filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO after the company released the trailer for Leaving Neverland, a new documentary that alleges that the singer abused two boys.
The suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, and claims the documentary was in violation pf a “non-disparagement” agreement.
“Michael Jackson is innocent. Period,” the suit says.
“In 2005, Michael Jackson was subjected to a trial — where rules of evidence and law were applied before a neutral judge and jury and where both sides were heard — and he was exonerated by a sophisticated jury.
“Ten years after his passing, there are still those out to profit from his enormous worldwide success and take advantage of his eccentricities,”
“In violation of both basic norms of documentary journalism and the explicit terms of the agreement, HBO has disparaged Jackson’s legacy by airing a one-sided hit piece against Jackson based exclusively on the false accounts of two proven, serial perjurers,” the suit states.
The suit said that HBO who aired a Jackson concert in Bucharest in 1992 signed a non-disparagement provisions that prevent the streaming service from harming Jackson’s reputation.