Michael Jackson’s estate assails HBO
LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson’s estate is calling HBO’s decision to air a documentary that includes allegations from two men that the superstar molested them “disgraceful” and is urging the cable network to further investigate their backgrounds.
The 10-page letter released Friday offers a meeting with HBO executives to try to discredit the stories of the two men featured in the documentary “Leaving Neverland.” The estate contends that the men are lying and that court filings and story inconsistencies prove it.
The letter, written by estate attorney Howard Weitzman, assails the documentary for focusing solely on the stories of the two men and not interviewing anyone from Jackson’s family, his estate or others who knew him. It says one of the men had sought work on a Jacksonthemed Cirque du Soleil show and raised the molestation allegations only after he wasn’t hired.
The first installment of the four-hour documentary will first air on HBO on March 3, with the second half airing the following night. HBO said in a statement after the letter’s release: “Our plans remain unchanged. … Dan Reed is an award-winning filmmaker who has carefully documented these survivors’ accounts. People should reserve judgment until they see the film.”