Michael Jackson’s three children are reportedly considering suing two men who levied sexual abuse claims against their late father in the HBO docuseries “Leaving Neverland.”
A source close to the Jackson family told the New York Post‘s Page Six that Prince, Paris, and Prince Michael Jackson II are contemplating legal action against Wade Robson and James Safechuck, alleging fraud, emotional distress, slander, and misrepresentation. The source said the Jackson children aren’t seeking money from Robson and Safechuck, and a monetary judgment would go to charity.
Michael’s kids reportedly want Robson and Safechuck to apologize and accept responsibility for their alleged lies. The possible lawsuit would be the children’s effort to continue their father’s “legacy of philanthropy and humility,” according to the source.
“Leaving Neverland” aired on HBO earlier this month. In it, Robson and Safechuck alleged Jackson groomed then sexually abused them. The men claimed they weren’t paid for their participation in the docuseries, according to Page Six.
Both Safechuck and Robson have previously denied being sexually abused by the singer. USA Today reported that Safechuck denied the allegations when he was a child, while Robson did the same under oath during Jackson’s 2005 child molestation trial.
Earlier this year, a judge denied Safechuck and Robson’s bid for a piece of the late singer’s estate. They plan to appeal and will have their case heard later this year, according to the outlet.
News of the possible litigation comes as Jackson’s estate sues HBO for $100 million for violating a non-disparagement clause in a contract between the later singer and network. The clause in question appeared in a 1992 contract which gave HBO the rights to air “Michael Jackson in Concert in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour,” according to Rolling Stone.
The magazine noted that Jackson’s estate is likely suing HBO for disparagement, not defamation, as deceased individuals cannot sue for defamation.
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