Michael Jackson‘s Estate are not taking an upcoming HBO documentary lightly.
From the moment ‘Leaving Neverland’ was announced, the King Of Pop’s team and family condemned the production – which revisits previously quashed claims of abuse by Wade Robson and James Safechuck.
Now, the MJ Estate are taking their battle to court. Because they’ve just filed a mega-suit against the cable network.
The submission, made today by the Estate’s legal team, read:
“The Jackson Estate will seek all 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 to the legacy of Michael Jackson.”
In an interesting move, Jackson’s team cite a 1992 deal HBO signed with the superstar to broadcast ‘Michael Jackson Live in Concert in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour.’
Per the wording of the of the contract, there was an agreed upon non-disparagement clause, which included the following:
“HBO shall not make any disparaging remarks concerning Performer or any of his representatives, agents, or business practices or do any act that may harm or disparage or cause to lower in esteem the reputation or public image of performer.”
Reps for Jackson told Deadline:
“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.”
Team MJ are playing no games.