Three Michael Jackson fan groups are suing his alleged victims in France for "sullying his memory," after they took part in the "Leaving Neverland" documentary, according to the fans' lawyer who informed AFP on Friday March 15th.
A group, which claims to be the official fan club forum for the "King of Pop: The Michael Jackson Community,” has accused Robson Wade and James Safechuck, who are the alleged victims of Michael Jackson. The case will be heard in a lawsuit in a court in Orleans in northern France next July.
Lawyer Emmanuel Ludot said the groups "want to discredit the accusations of paedophilia" that have long dogged the star.
"Leaving Neverland" was first broadcast in the US on HBO earlier this month and has since broken streaming records in Britain. The documentary, about alleged systematic child abuse carried out by Jackson, led to a number of radio stations, from Australia to Canada, to stop playing Jackson's music. Moreover, the creators of "The Simpsons" have shelved one of the animated episodes because it featured Jackson's voice. French fashion brand Louis Vuitton has dropped Jackson-themed clothing, saying it found the "allegations in the documentary deeply troubling and disturbing."