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Michael Jackson estate sues HBO

Michael Jackson estate sues HBO
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/23/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

 The Michael Jackson Estate is hardly letting go of Leaving Neverland, the documentary about the late pop star’s alleged sexual abuse that is set to air next month on HBO. On Thursday, Optimum Productions and the two co-executors of the Jackson estate sued HBO and parent company Time Warner claiming the documentary constitutes a breach of a non-disparagement clause in an old contract.

“Michael Jackson is innocent. Period,” begins the complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. “In 2005, Michael Jackson was subjected to a trial — where rules of evidence and law were applied before a neutral judge and jury and where both sides were heard — and he was exonerated by a sophisticated jury. 
Ten years after his passing, there are still those out to profit from his enormous worldwide success and take advantage of his eccentricities. Michael is an easy target because he is not here to defend himself, and the law does not protect the deceased from defamation, no matter how extreme the lies are.”
The law may give no recourse to dead individuals when it comes to reputation, but those managing the Jackson business have found a way to haul HBO into court over Leaving Neverland.
After going through attacks on Jackson’s two accusers — Wade Robson and James Safechuck, plus filmmaker Dan Reed and HBO — for failing to meet with them to address concerns about what the estate sees as a one-sided propaganda film, the plaintiffs discuss the old contract that HBO made to air a first-ever televised concert after the release of Jackson’s album Dangerous.
The year was 1992, and many media outlets were said to be chasing Jackson’s televised concert at that time. Then came the deal.

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