Michael Jackson fans in the U.K. are protesting the release of the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” set to broadcast in two parts by Channel 4 in London starting Wednesday.
About 20 protestors from different areas of Europe gathered outside the Channel 4 headquarters chanting “facts don’t lie,” “innocent” and “Channel 4, shame on you,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
We’re outside Channel 4’s London HQ, where Michael Jackson’s fans have gathered to protest against #LeavingNeverland ahead of the documentary airing tonight. pic.twitter.com/QwQ8so7YTO
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The HBO documentary details sexual abuse allegations against Jackson. The film specifically follows two of Jackson’s accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck. Both men accuse Jackson of a pattern of abuse that allowed them and their families to feel comfortable with Jackson while their abuse escalated.
Jackson’s estate filed a lawsuit against HBO for $100 million after the release of the documentary in the United States. The estate claims HBO broke a non-disparagement clause in a concert special contract from 1992 reported The Hollywood Reporter.
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“…But his fatal flaw, and simultaneously the source of his immense power, was a truly revolutionary Romantic vision. Not Romantic in the sappy way greeting card companies and florists use the word, but in its older, Byronic sense of someone who commits their entire life to pursing a creative ideal in defiance of social order and even natural law. Jackson's Romantic ideal… was an Age of Aquarius-inspired vision using of pop music to build racial, sexual, generational and religious harmony.” – Hampton Stevens in The Atlantic
As previously reported, Jackson’s estate stated, “Michael Jackson is innocent. Period.” (RELATED: Michael Jackson Estate Sues HBO Over Documentary)
His estate also stated in the court filing, “In 2005, Michael Jackson was subjected to a trial- where rules of evidence and law were applied before a neutral judge and jury and where both sides were heard- and he was exonerated by a sophisticated jury.”