Michael Jackson's estate is upset with HBO's recent lawsuit appeal over their controversial "Leaving Neverland" documentary.
Jackson's family filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO in February before the release of the controversial documentary. In the doc, former child stars Wade Robson, and James Safechuck alleged that they were sexually abused by Michael Jackson when they were children.
HBO is now pushing for the court system to have the lawsuit tossed out.
"Please take notice that Defendant Home Box Office, Inc. hereby appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from this Court's order granting Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel Arbitration (the "Order")," Theodore J. Boutrous Jr. and Daniel Petrocelli wrote the court per Deadline.
But the Jackson estate is calling the desperate appeal "bogus."
"This bogus appeal is nothing more than HBO's latest desperate attempt to cover up the truth about its shoddy journalism," Freedman & Taitelman, LLP's Bryan Freedman, said a statement.
"For seven months HBO has tried and failed to avoid a public arbitration," the statement continued. "This appeal, which is its latest Hail Mary attempt, is even more pathetic than all of its other attempts to avoid public scrutiny. If HBO truly wanted to avoid a judgment, it should have thought about that before it aided and abetted a one-sided documentary without any journalistic integrity and in which the subjects have a huge motivation to lie – namely the millions of dollars for which they are suing the Estate. Our client will never stop until justice is served."