Michael Jackson’s three children, Paris, Prince, and Prince Michael Jackson II, are reportedly considering taking legal action against Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the two alleged victims featured in the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, according to Page Six.
A source close to the family told the publication that should they move forward with the lawsuit, the Jacksons will likely take Robson and Safechuck to court for fraud, emotional distress, slander, and misrepresentation. The source stated that although money is not the incentive, whatever monetary value is gained from the suit will be donated to charitable organizations. The three children’s primary motive is reportedly that both accusers take responsibility and apologize.
“It’s very important to them they carry forward [their father’s] legacy of philanthropy and humility,” the source explained.
The Michael Jackson Estate recently sued HBO over the “reprehensible disparagement” caused by the release of the documentary, which could end up costing the premium cable network $100 million. “HBO breached its agreement not to disparage Michael Jackson by producing and selling to the public a one-sided marathon of unvetted propaganda to shamelessly exploit an innocent man no longer here to defend himself,” attorney Howard Weitzman told Deadline. However, despite the backlash from the late singer’s estate, HBO has maintained a solid position with regard to Leaving Neverland. Paris Jackson’s stance on the film has also fueled public speculation in recent weeks, particularly after the 20-year-old took to Twitter to denounce the legitimacy of the documentary and defend her father. She told a fan that people try and tarnish the reputation of “everyone with a good heart,” but in the case of the late pop star, she doesn’t believe they will succeed.
Following the documentary’s debut at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Safechuck and Robson claimed that finding one another played a huge role in them moving forward with the film. Bothmen were reportedly not paid for their participation in the documentary, in which they claim they were sexually molested at the hands of Michael Jackson.