Michael Jackson’s Estate Calls Documentary ‘Disgraceful,’ Urges HBO To Pull It

Things aren’t pretty at the Michael Jackson estate following the groundbreaking HBO documentary, Leaving Neverland, detailing allegations from two men who say the superstar molested them. The Jackson family has called it “disgraceful” and is urging HBO to further investigate the backgrounds of the filmmakers and the subjects involved. 

A 10-page letter released Friday offers a meeting with HBO executives to try to discredit the stories of the two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck. The estate contends the men are lying and court filings and story inconsistencies prove that.

The letter, written by estate attorney Howard Weitzman, assails the documentary for focusing solely on the men’s stories and not interviewing anyone from Michael’s family, his estate, or others who knew him. It states Wade had sought work on a Jackson-themed Cirque du Soleil show and raised the molestation allegations only after he wasn’t hired.

Director Dan Reed concludes that he intentionally focused on the stories of Wade and James. “Anyone who sees the film will know it is solely about hearing the stories of two specific individuals and their families in their own words, and that is a focus we are very proud of,” he said in a previous statement.

Howard’s letter includes an offer to meet with HBO executives to discuss the film, and states that if the network cares about ethical standards “this documentary will never air on HBO,” adding, “We know that this will go down as the most shameful episode in HBO’s history. We know that Michael’s devoted fans, and all good people in the world, will not swiftly forgive HBO for its conduct.”

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