HBO chief govt Richard Plepler is informed the documentary has violated journalistic ethics and norms and should not be aired in March.
Just as HBO units a March three premiere date for Leaving Neverland, the documentary that left audiences on the Sundance Film Festival in tears with tales Michael Jackson sexual abuse, the late pop star's property has despatched a blistering 10-page letter to HBO to deal with issues within the documentary and requesting a gathering to debate a "answer."
In the letter, addressed to HBO chief govt Richard Plepler from legal professional Howard Weitzman, Leaving Neverland is characterised as "an admittedly one-sided, sensationalist program" that ignores journalistic ethics. In explicit, the Michael Jackson Estate is upset that documentarian Dan Reed didn't search out the Estate's views on allegations from Wade Robson and James Safechuck and tells HBO that litigations with these two accusers "made it unequivocally clear that they’d no credibility in any respect."
The letter avoids specific authorized threats for airing the movie, however does assault HBO's determination to take action.
Weitzman writes that HBO "is getting used as half Robson's and Safechuck's authorized technique," as the 2 are at the moment searching for appeals, and slams the community and filmmakers for "deliberately" selecting to not interview anybody that might detract from their story.
The letter conveys the case that Michael Jackson's two accusers have been "caught mendacity" in testimony and slams HBO's determination to bolster their credibility.
Weitzman writes, "Given all this, that are info available to anybody doing minimal due diligence, why would HBO produce a documentary primarily based solely on the phrases these two liars and director/producer Dan Reed? Why would HBO produce this documentary with out even searching for remark and response from the Jackson Estate who spent years efficiently litigating these false allegations with Robson and Safechuck? Is there another artist who HBO would do that to? Is there another artist who HBO wouldn’t even search remark from when making such severe accusations?"
The Michael Jackson Estate asserts that if HBO cared about ethics, it will not air the documentary.
"That HBO has now joined the tabloid media’s 'Michael Jackson cacophony'—ten years after his loss of life—is really unhappy," continues the letter. "We know that HBO is going through severe aggressive pressures from Netflix, Amazon and different extra trendy content material suppliers, however to stoop to this degree to regain an viewers is disgraceful. We know HBO and its companions on this documentary is not going to achieve success. We know that this can go down as probably the most shameful episode in HBO’s historical past."
HBO hasn't but responded to a chance to remark.
This story was initially printed on The Hollywood Reporter.