Michael Jackson property sues HBO for $100m over Leaving Neverland movie – BBC Information

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In Leaving Neverland, Wade Robson (pictured) says he was abused by Jackson within the 1990s

Michael Jackson’s property is suing HBO for $100m (£77m) over the controversial documentary Leaving Neverland.

They declare the movie, which particulars the singer’s alleged sexual abuse of two boys, breaches a non-disparagement clause in an outdated contract.

A criticism filed at Los Angeles Superior Court docket on Thursday learn: “Michael Jackson is harmless. Interval.”

In response, HBO mentioned it could not solely nonetheless air Dan Reed’s documentary, however carry it ahead by a number of days.

“Regardless of the determined lengths taken to undermine the movie, our plans stay unchanged,” the channel mentioned.

“HBO will transfer ahead with the airing of Leaving Neverland. This can permit everybody the chance to evaluate the movie and the claims in it for themselves.”

The broadcaster will now display screen the four-hour documentary on three and Four March.

The movie tells the tales of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who declare to have been sexually assaulted by Michael Jackson within the 1990s as kids.

It has been criticised plenty of instances by the Jackson property because it was first screened on the Sundance Competition in January.

They referred to as it “an outrageous and pathetic try to use and money in” after the singer’s 2009 demise.

It has additionally been criticised by particular person members of Michael Jackson’s household, together with Jermaine Jackson, who instructed ITV’s Good Morning Britain there was “no reality” to the allegations made within the movie.

The authorized motion refers to a contract to televise a live performance from Jackson’s Harmful tour in 1992. The contract included a clause saying HBO would “not make any disparaging remarks” concerning the pop famous person.

Channel 4, which co-produced the documentary with HBO, has beforehand rejected a criticism made by the property, who mentioned it broke the British broadcasting code.

The documentary is about to be screened within the UK on Channel Four on 6 and seven March.

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