(AllHipHop News) According to reports, three Michael Jackson fan clubs based in France are taking legal action against Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the two men who accused Jackson of years-long childhood sexual abuse. Robson and Safechuck appeared in the Leaving Neverland documentary.
The groups are supposedly suing under a French law that prohibits the public denunciation of a dead person. Jackson died in 2009. Leaving Neverland premiered on HBO in March of this year. The Jackson Estate sent a supportive letter to a court hearing for the lawsuit.
Members of the Jackson family have denied the music megastar abused Robson and Safechuck. Before Leaving Neverland aired, MJ's brothers and nephews condemned the documentary and defended the late entertainer known as the King Of Pop on social media and in televised interviews.
The Estate later released a lengthy statement counteracting the allegations presented in Leaving Neverland. Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris Jackson, also sent out a series of tweets which downplayed the "tabloids and lies" and insisted her father's detractors will not destroy his legacy.
In addition, the Estate and Optimum Productions is suing HBO and Time Warner for $100 million. The plaintiffs claim the cable network and its parent company violated a non-disparagement clause in a 1992 contract with Jackson. The complaint reads, "HBO promised that 'HBO shall not make any disparaging remarks concerning Performer or any of his representatives, agents, or business practices or do any act that may harm or disparage or cause to lower in esteem the reputation or public image of Performer."
Robson and Safechuck stand by their accusations against Michael Jackson. Leaving Neverland director, Dan Reed, has continued to back the alleged victims despite some inconsistencies in their story. His two-part film received rave reviews from critics and became one of the most-watched documentaries on HBO in the past 10 years.