MICHAEL JACKSON: Estate Sues HBO Over Doc
Written by KingCnote on February 22, 2019
The Michael Jackson estate is suing HBO over the documentary Leaving Neverland.
Seeking $100 million in damages, the heirs accuse the cable channel of violating a non-disparagement clause by agreeing to run the film that accuses Jackson of sexually abusing children.
The suit pivots on a clause in the HBO contract for airing the 1992 special Michael Jackson in Concert in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour. But basically they don’t like what the film shows.
Attorney Howard Weitzman says, “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.” (Variety)