The $ 100 million lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson’s property is on fire against HBO over the documentary “Leaving Neverland.”
The estate alleges that HBO is violating a 1992 contract prohibiting saying things offensive to Michael Jackson, specifically his 1992 concert tour. HBO denies it has ever breached the contract. In short, in “Leaving Neverland,” Jackson allegedly sexually assaulted young boys during that 1992 concert tour. In the lawsuit, he alleges that HBO signed an agreement with a non-derogation clause.
Underestimating the documentary
The HBO documentary series contains testimonies from two of Michael Jackson’s alleged victims of child abuse.
However, the estate maintains that the two victims lie, and has previously testified under oath that Jackson had done nothing wrong. The property blames HBO for failing to verify the facts and claims that by airing the documentary series, the network is violating a 1992 agreement that allowed it to broadcast the Michael Jackson concert in the 1990s.
The network claims that the 1992 Convention is not relevant and separate in time from the new documentary. At this point, it is not clear how the court will respond. Conditions not to be taken lightly Legal and enforceable. But in particular, the legacy is trying to force the case for arbitration, while HBO appears to be pushing for the case to be heard in court.
Ultimately, it is possible that the estate will only be able to receive damages if the court agrees that HBO’s production or broadcasting of the documentary violates the 27-year-old’s contract. Unfortunately for the property, the $ 100 million compensation claim can be a bit difficult, given that Michael Jackson is dead and his reputation as an alleged child abuser is plastered all over the web and Wikipedia.