Judge Sides With Michael Jackson Estate Over HBO’s ‘Leaving Neverland’
A federal judge is siding with the Michael Jackson estate in their mission to take HBO to arbitration in the ongoing dispute over “Leaving Neverland.”
Judge George Wu issued a tentative ruling that denied HBO’s motion to dismiss the estate’s case.
As we reported, the damning documentary features alleged accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck. In the suit, The Jackson estate argues that by releasing the film, HBO violated a non-disparagement agreement that dated back to 1992 over the rights to use some film from Jackson’s “Dangerous” tour.
HBO filed a motion in August asking that the estate’s lawsuit be dismissed, citing the First Amendment.
“The estate will never stop until justice has been obtained,” said Bryan J. Freedman, who is a rep for the Jackson estate.
Howard Weitzman, attorney for the Jackson estate, told TheWrap that, “I hope and believe he will adopt his tentative order.”
Jackson vehemently denied the allegations and stood by his innocence until his passing in 2009. He was also found innocent in court.