Key members of Michael Jackson’s estate are considering suing Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed. During a panel discussion at Harvard Law School, three key members of the Michael Jackson estate expressed strong disdain for the filmmaker and hinted at a possible lawsuit in the near future. This news comes just months after the Jackson estate threatened a $100 million lawsuit against HBO for airing the documentary. Now, the estate is focused on the director as an individual.
Leaving Neverland’s co-executor, Jon Branca, said, “Those people made up a goddamn story because they wanted money, and we will not allow that to go unchecked.” He also stated, “Dan Reed’s documentary is replete with inaccuracies, lies and stuff they knew not to be true.”
Also, Branca expressed issues with laws regarding defamation. Branca noted, “Because the laws of defamation are what they are, there is nothing we can do or say. He added, “The man can be damaged, his kids can be hurt and theoretically nothing can be done. I’m going to suggest the law should be changed to protect the deceased at least for a period of time.”
It’s unclear what will come of this, but the Jackson estate seems clearly set on pursuing legal action in the very near future.