French Michael Jackson fans sue ‘Leaving Neverland’ accusers

Carla Harmon
July 6, 2019

A group of Michael Jackson fan clubs are suing Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the two subjects of the recent HBO documentaryLeaving Neverland.

The three groups - The Michel Jackson Community, the MJ Street and On the Line - are suing for symbolic damages of 1 euro for "sullying [Jackson's] image" after detailing their allegations of sexual abuse in the documentary.

The three groups enlisted the help of attorney, Emmanuel Ludot - who has successfully represented The Michael Jackson Community before, winning them one euro in damages for a lawsuit again MJ's private doctor for his part in Jackon's death. "It's very simple." A court judgement will be delivered on October 4. The late singer's family denounced "Leaving Neverland" and denied the shocking resurfaced allegations from accusers Robson and Safechuck, as well as past similar accusations made against Jackson, who was acquitted of charges of sexually abusing a different boy, in a 2005 trial, reported E!

Robson and Safechuck did not appear in court, nor did they have legal representation.

"In France you can not sully the image of the dead", Ludot said. And when there's suffering, there needs to be compensation.

Following the documentary, which was broadcast on the M6 channel in France, some radio stations stopped playing his music and fashion brand Louis Vuitton removed Jackson-themed items from its 2019 summer menswear collection. A lawyer represented Robson and Safechuck, who in the documentary described years of alleged sexual abuse when they were boys and teens.

The proceedings have been welcomed by Michael Jackson's estate.

"We remain hopeful that a victory in France will soon fuel a movement in the United States to finally explore changes in the law to afford defamation protection for the deceased", Branca added.

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