Three Michael Jackson fan groups are suing his alleged victims in France for “sullying his memory” by taking part in the “Leaving Neverland” documentary, the fans’ lawyer told AFP on Friday.
The Michael Jackson Community — which claims to be the “official fan club forum” for the “King of Pop” — and the MJ Street and On The Line groups accuse Robson Wade and James Safechuck of “lynching” the star.
The case, which will be heard by a court in Orleans in northern France in July, follows reports that Jacksons’ children were also considering taking legal action against the men, who say that Jackson sexually abused them when they were children.
Lawyer Emmanuel Ludot, who had previously successfully sued Jackson’s doctor for causing distress to his fans by giving him the drugs that killed him, said the groups “want to discredit the accusations of paedophilia” that have long dogged the star.
He said that the “indignity of the extremely grave accusations” made by Wade and Safechuck in “Leaving Neverland” had sullied the memory of the singer, who died in 2009.
Jackson’s image had been affected by the allegations as well as “the whole community of his fans”, the lawyer said.
“Leaving Neverland” was the first broadcast in the US on HBO earlier this month and has since broken streaming records in Britain.