Michael Jackson estate claims doc based on ‘false allegations’ violates UK channel guidelines

The estate of Michael Jackson has sent a stern letter to UK’s Channel 4 warning that a documentary about two men accusing the late singer of molesting them as children violates the network’s guidelines.

The letter, which was written by estate attorney Howard Weitzman and released to The Associated Press on Monday, states that “Leaving Neverland” made no attempt at getting a response to the accusers from Jackson’s estate, family, friends or others who have defended his reputation as required by the channel’s standards for factual programming and basic journalistic ethics.

The letter cites a section of the publicly available guidelines that states if a show “makes significant allegations” then “those concerned should be given an appropriate and timely opportunity to respond.”

“I think we can all agree that the false allegations being made in your ‘documentary’ are ‘significant allegations,’” stated the letter, adding, “it is hard to imagine more significant accusations that can possibly be made against anyone.”

The letter alleged that no one was ever asked to respond.

“This includes persons mentioned by name in your ‘documentary’ as having ‘replaced’ [Wade] Robson and [James] Safechuck as Jackson’s supposed victims of abuse. Those named persons eloquently and publicly deny ever being abused,” said the letter.


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