HBO will broadcast Michael Jackson's documentary despite his family

"Despite the long and desperate attempts to undermine the film, our plans remain unchanged," the network said in a statement to CNN. "The HBO will continue with the broadcasting of" Leaving Neverland ", the two-part documentary, March 3 and 3, which will allow everyone the opportunity to evaluate the film and the statements it contains".

The complaint, obtained by CNN, cites a contract that HBO would have consented to broadcast a Jackson concert in 1992.

"HBO has violated its agreement not to discredit Michael Jackson by producing and selling to the public a unilateral propaganda marathon without shame to shamelessly exploit an innocent man who is no longer here to defend himself," read a statement by Jackson's lawyers.

The property claims that HBO would have consented to "make no disparaging remarks" to Jackson or "its representatives, agents or business practices or to take any action that could damage or discredit or cause lower estimation or public image. "of Jackson, as part of the contract.

In "Leaving Neverland", Wade Robson and James Safechuck, respectively 41 and 37, claim to have experienced years of sexual abuse by Jackson at the end of the 80s and at the beginning of the years & # 39; 90, which describe in graphic detail.

Jackson's estate immediately criticized the film after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month, calling it a "public lynching" and Jackson's accusers "admitted liars", referring to the sworn statements made by Safechuck and Robson while Jackson it was alive that he did not molest them

Robson made statements in support of Jackson to investigators for the first time in the 1990s and testified in support of Jackson in his 2005 trial, where he was acquitted of harassment on minors and related charges. At one point Safechuck also denied being molested by Jackson to investigators.

The two filed separate civil cases against Jackson's property, which were filed for technical reasons and remain on appeal.

"HBO could and should have ensured that" Leaving Neverland "had been properly bought, controlled and represented in a fair and balanced manner," reads Jackson's attorney statement.

Robson tackles his past testimony and statements in support of Jackson in the documentary, saying: "I would like to be in a place where I could tell the truth … I was not ready, I was not able when I was 11 and when I was 22 years old."

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