The Michael Jackson Estate has filed a lawsuit against HBO this Thursday for the production of 'Leaving Neverland.'
The documentary will air on Mar. 3, details accounts of two alleged sexual abuse victims of the late Michael Jackson.
According to the suit, the Jackson estate claims that:
“Respondents’ breaches of the Agreement have caused damages to Petitioners in an amount to be prove in an arbitration, with such damages potentially exceeding $100 million should Respondents’ succeed in the damage they are intending to cause to the legacy of Michael Jackson and the businesses associated with the Jackson Estate.”
But HBO isn't batting an eyelid and plans to air the doc as promoted:
"Despite the desperate lengths taken to undermine the film, our plans remain unchanged," the network said in a statement to CNN. "HBO will move forward with the airing of 'Leaving Neverland,' the two-part documentary, on March 3rd and 4th. This will allow everyone the opportunity to assess the film and the claims in it for themselves."
The Estate Attorney Howard Weitzman spoke to entertainment outlet OK!, “HBO breached its agreement not to disparage Michael Jackson by producing and selling to the public a one-sided marathon of unvetted propaganda to shamelessly exploit an innocent man no longer here to defend himself.
“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.”