On Thursday, Michael Jackson fan groups sought damages from two of the late pop legend Michael Jackson’s alleged abuse victims for “sullying his image” in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland”. The men were sued by the fan clubs in Orleans, northern France.
The court gave the next date of judgment on October 4. Wade Robson and James Safechuck were accused by the Michael Jackson Community, the MJ Street of defaming Jackson in the documentary about alleged child abuse by the star.
Emmanuel Ludot, the lawyer of the fans’ linked the allegation to a “genuine lynching” of Jackson, who died in 2009. The fans group have decided to take action in France because French defamation laws extend libel protection beyond death which the British and US doesn’t allow.
The two adult man claimed that from the age they were 7 and 10 in the early 1990s, they were befriended by Jackson and abused by him. In 2005, Jackson was declared innocent on charges of molesting a different boy. The documentary, broadcast by M6 in France, has caused a backlash against Jackson’s legacy. Even some of the radio stations stopped playing his music which was an episode of “The Simpsons” cartoon featuring Jackson’s voice.
The lawyer assured that he will win. In 2014, he represented the Michael Jackson Community when the group successfully won nominal damages of 1 euro from the pop star’s private doctor, Conrad Murray, for his part in Jackson’s death. “In France, you cannot sully the image of the dead,” Ludot said. “There’s moral and emotional suffering. And when there’s suffering, there’s compensation. It’s very simple,” he added.