Michael Jackson’s estate assails HBO plans for “Leaving Neverland” documentary

Michael Jackson’s estate assails HBO plans for “Leaving Neverland” documentary

Michael Jackson’s estate is asking HBO’s willpower to air a documentary that options allegations from two males that the superstar molested them “disgraceful” and is urging the cable neighborhood to extra look at their backgrounds. The 10-page letter launched Friday offers a gathering with HBO executives to try to discredit the tales of the 2 males featured throughout the documentary.
The estate contends the lads are lying and courtroom filings and story inconsistencies present that.

The letter, written by estate lawyer Howard Weitzman, assails the documentary for focusing solely on Robson and Safechuck’s tales and by no means interviewing anyone from Jackson’s family, his estate or others who knew him. It states Robson had sought work on a Jackson-themed Cirque du Soleil current and raised the molestation allegations solely after he wasn’t employed.

The first installment of the four-hour documentary will first air on HBO on March 3, with the second half airing the following night. HBO talked about in an announcement after the letter’s launch: “Our plans remain unchanged. … Dan Reed is an award-winning filmmaker who has carefully documented these survivors’ accounts. People should reserve judgment until they see the film.”

Both Robson and Safechuck every alleged they’ve been molested and unsuccessfully sued Jackson’s estate after the singer’s June 2009 dying. Robson testified in Jackson’s safety at a 2005 molestation trial that ended with the singer’s acquittal.

The Associated Press does not typically establish victims of sexual abuse, nevertheless attorneys for Robson and Safechuck have talked about they’ve agreed to be named publicly. The males moreover appeared onstage following the film’s premiere on the Sundance Film Festival, the place “Leaving Neverland” was greeted with a standing ovation.

Director Dan Reed has talked about he intentionally centered on the tales of Robson and Safechuck.

“Anyone who sees the film will know it is solely about hearing the stories of two specific individuals and their families in their own words, and that is a focus we are very proud of,” Reed talked about in a earlier assertion.
Weitzman’s letter incorporates a proposal to fulfill with HBO executives to debate the film, and states that if the neighborhood cares about ethical necessities “this documentary will never air on HBO.”

“We know that this will go down as the most shameful episode in HBO’s history,” Weitzman’s letter talked about. “We know that Michael’s devoted fans, and all good people in the world, will not swiftly forgive HBO for its conduct.”

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