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Entertainment Michael Jackson’s Estate Calls HBO’s ‘Leaving Neverland’ Lawsuit Appeal ‘Bogus’

03:10  22 october  2019
03:10  22 october  2019 Source:   etcanada.com

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Michael Jackson's estate is not happy with HBO's recent lawsuit appeal.

The new court documents come after the King of Pop's family filed a $100 million lawsuit against the network and its Emmy-Award winning documentary "Finding Neverland" in February. The film follows the claims from Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claim they were sexually abused by Jackson back when they were children.

But now, HBO is hoping the court system will have the lawsuit tossed out.

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“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 Monday, according to Deadline.

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Michael Jackson ’ s estate is suing HBO for more than 0 million over its controversial Leaving Neverland documentary. The Jackson estate has been fiercely critical of the film since it premiered at Sundance in January. The film prominently features the story of two men, James Safechuck and

Michael Jackson ‘ s estate has filed a lawsuit against HBO over the planned broadcast of the bombshell documentary Leaving Neverland . In the lawsuit , the estate calls the HBO documentary a “posthumous character assassination,” violating the non-disparagement terms of the 1992 contract.

But Jackson's family immediately slammed the appeal, calling it "bogus" and "desperate.”

“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.

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“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.”

"Leaving Neverland" first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in February.

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