The estate of Michael Jackson is continuing its fight over the documentary titled Leaving Neverland. Two of Jacksons co-executors and Optimum Productions is suing HBO for $100 million as they claim HBO is breaching an agreement from 27 years ago.
The contract in question, which is signed by both parties, states, “HBO shall not make any disparaging remarks concerning Performer or any of his representatives, agents, or business practices or do any act that may harm or disparage or cause to lower in esteem the reputation or public image of Performer.” It continues, “Other provisions in the Agreement require HBO to notify and consult with Jackson and Optimum Productions if it wishes to air additional programming about Jackson.”
HBO will still continue to air the documentary as planned, regardless of the lawsuit. In an official statement, they said, “Despite the desperate lengths taken to undermine the film, our plans remain unchanged. HBO will move forward with the airing of Leaving Neverland, the two-part documentary, on March 3rd and 4th.” The network believes that broadcasting the film will “allow everyone the opportunity to assess the film and the claims in it for themselves.”
The documentary details the alleged sexual abuse Michael Jackson committed against James Safechuck and Wade Robson during their youth.