The estate of Michael Jackson is trashing HBO over “Leaving Neverland,” and says the network is only helping Wade Robson and James Safechuck in their attempt to take money straight out of the pockets of Paris, Prince and Blanket.
According to legal documents obtained by The Blast, attorneys for MJ’s estate says they litigated for five years with Robson and Safechuck, and has “overwhelming proof that the two are not credible.”
The estate is not pulling any punches with Robson and Safechuck, and flat out says, “They are trained actors who made up their stories years after Jackson died, in order to sue the Estate, and try to take hundreds of millions of dollars from Jackson’s rightful heirs, his three children.”
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Specifically addressing HBO, the estate believes it is a “violation of just about every journalistic standard” that HBO, “neglected to even mention in [‘Leaving Neverland’] that the two are still pursuing claims for hundreds of millions of dollars from Jackson’s children.”
Jackson’s children have not directly spoken on the allegations in “Leaving Neverland,” but Paris did recently tell fans it was not her role to defend her father, and, “there’s nothing i can say that hasn’t already been said in regards to defense.” Prince has always defended his father, and Blanket, who goes by “Bigi” these days, has also been silent.
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The estate, which has sued HBO for breach of contract, argues that they would never have released “Leaving Neverland,” had MJ still been alive, because they state, “If Michael Jackson were alive, we have no doubt at all that he could sue, and win, for defamation.” They admit that neither MJ’s children, nor the estate, are able to sue for defamation and believe that was a major factor in HBO releasing the film.
Shortly after it premiered at Sundance, MJ’s estate filed a petition to compel HBO to arbitration over director Dan Reed‘s “Leaving Neverland.”
The estate is arguing that Jackson had a longstanding contractual relationship” with HBO, and believe there is a non-disparagement clause that was breached.
MJ’s estate believes their damages could exceed $100 million and are intending to go after HBO for the full amount.
HBO fought to have the lawsuit transferred to a federal court, but now Jackson’s estate is demanding the judge remand it back to state court. They accuse the network of playing games by moving the case and want a “real process to expose HBO’s lack of journalistic integrity.”