The suit sought to compel HBO to participate in a non-confidential arbitration that could result in $100 million or more in damages awarded to the estate. They and their families were invited into his singular and wondrous world, entranced by the singer’s fairy-tale existence as his career reached its peak. The letter asserted that HBO is "being used as part of Robson's and Safechuck's legal strategy [both of which are currently seeking appeals]", and that Reed intentionally did not interview anyone who detracted from the story. It was directed by journalist Liam McEwan and features interviews with Jackson's family and colleagues. People do" on public transport. Shortly after … HBO urged an appeals court on Thursday to throw out a lawsuit brought by the Michael Jackson estate over the “ Leaving Neverland ” documentary. The estate sued HBO for $100 million, … [22] In May 2011, Wade Robson, a choreographer and former friend of Jackson, approached John Branca, co-executor of the Michael Jackson estate, following up on an offer to discuss directing the Michael Jackson-Cirque du Soleil joint production Michael Jackson: One. [120] His videos were viewed 22.1 million times, an increase of roughly 1.2 million from the week prior, and three of his albums re-entered the UK iTunes chart. Jackson was acquitted of all charges. [8][9], The documentary resulted in a media backlash against Jackson and a reassessment of his legacy. The late popstar's estate is suing the premium TV network for $100 million over … In a strongly-worded defense of the … Safechuck says Jackson eventually replaced him with Brett Barnes, and Robson says he was replaced by actor Macaulay Culkin because Jackson preferred prepubescent boys. [97] One review found that the rebuttal was not less believable than Finding Neverland with "barely a trace of insincerity on display in either". Stephanie Safechuck, his mother, describes feeling elated and dancing when Jackson died in 2009. [103] Items of Jackson's clothing and a Jackson poster were removed from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis,[115] but Jackson's photographs from the museum's Ryan White exhibit were kept. "[18] In the film, Robson and Safechuck allege that Jackson sexually abused them when they were children, Safechuck beginning in 1988, Robson beginning in 1990. "[65] The Daily Telegraph awarded it five out of five, describing it as "a horrifying picture of child abuse. Safechuck says Jackson once took him shopping for an engagement ring (which he kept as memorabilia) and later held a mock wedding. Streams of his music and videos increased 6%, rising from 18.7 million between February 24 and 26 to 19.7 million between March 3 and 5. The reason why is because they know they were complicit in this one-sided farce of a money grab that clearly violates the agreement... Let this be a warning to all talent that HBO will disregard the truth and distribute fictitious one-sided content in violation of the artists' rights it promised to protect. He began therapy in 2013 and recalled his trauma for the first time. [29] In 2012, Robson said his breakdown was triggered by an obsessive desire for success, and said his career had begun to "crumble". [41] A camera failed shortly after shooting began, but a solution was found; shooting continued until nighttime and continued throughout the second day. Michael Jackson: Chase the Truth, a documentary challenging the allegations of Leaving Neverland and asserting omissions and inconsistencies in that account, was released on August 13 on Amazon Prime Video. "[128], The Jackson estate aimed to have a Los Angeles Superior Court judge compel arbitration proceedings before the American Arbitration Association. He added that "at this flash point in time, he’d have no reason to hold anything back. [46] In New Zealand, the first episode was watched by 716,000, making it one of the most-watched broadcasts in the country's history not dealing with sports or news. [83][84] Singer Aaron Carter, a friend of Jackson as a child, stated that he remembered his friend as "an amazing guy" and reiterated his support for Jackson. The Jackson estate is suing HBO for $100 million for producing and distributing Leaving Neverland, which centers on Wade Robson and James Safechuck, two men who allege that Jackson … [12], In February 2019, the Jackson estate sued HBO for breaching a non-disparagement clause from a 1992 contract. The Jackson estate said Plepler "must have known" about the 1992 contract, since he had been senior vice president of communications then. Following its premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2019, it was broadcast on HBO in two parts in March 2019 and as a shortened version on Channel 4. [114], Film producer Jodi Gomes said she and the Jackson family had been working on a new documentary about the Jackson 5 for their 50th anniversary, but that it was canceled after the broadcast of Leaving Neverland. An appeals court ruled in favor of the estate of Michael Jackson in its battle over the 2019 HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland," which accused the late singer of sexually abusing two young boys. Leaving Neverland HBO Reed’s motion to quash was supported by a declaration from Channel 4’s head of news and current affairs Louisa Compton. 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The estate argued that its petition is a federal issue, under the Federal Arbitration Act, hence the California SLAPP law should not take precedence. The ruling was not a judgment on the validity of Robson's accusations. "[88] Streisand later apologized and expressed sympathy for the accusers. [46] The Channel 4 version was edited from four hours to three to create space for commercials. [71], In January 2019, the Jackson estate issued a press release condemning the film: "The two accusers testified under oath that these events never occurred. The letter said that the two accusers had been caught lying in testimony, and the documentary would only bolster their credibility. [81] He later said that his comments "[weren't] meant in any way to question the validity of the victims". [41] Reed said that Robson, Safechuck, and their families received no financial compensation for the film. He concluded, "it's doubtful you'll feel exactly the same after watching. [37][38], Leaving Neverland was conceived by Channel 4 editors. The SLAPP law provides an automatic right to an immediate appeal, which may bring the case to the Ninth Circuit. [75], Fans of Jackson demanded the Sundance Film Festival cancel the screening. "[62] Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe wrote that the film was not "particularly imaginative", yet he admired how it chronicled Robson's and Safechuck's emotional narrative: "It accounts for every stage of their respective recoveries, which are still in progress, including their darkest feelings of fear, denial, and shame. "[91] Joey Fatone of NSYNC, who had worked with Robson at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, also expressed skepticism: "[At the time] it seemed like nothing was going on, that's the whole thing. HBO has requested that an appeals court throw out a lawsuit over the network’s Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland. [16] On December 14, 2020, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal upheld the lower court ruling favoring the Jackson estate.[17]. [89], English singer Boy George expressed skepticism about the documentary: "It's just taken almost for granted that this is what happened and therefore we all should accept it. "I've never seen a media organization fight so hard to keep a secret," Branca said. Jackson denied the claims and settled the case out of court for a $23 million payment,[19][20] and no charges were filed after a criminal investigation due to a lack of evidence and testimony from the alleged victim. [95], A 30-minute documentary rebutting the claims in the film, Neverland Firsthand: Investigating the Michael Jackson Documentary, was released on YouTube on March 30, 2019. They said, "Breaching an agreement by refusing to arbitrate is not constitutionally protected activity. 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