A federal judge has agreed officials from Michael Jackson’s estate and purchased their suit against U.S. network Hbo head to arbitration.
Agents of the estate took legal action against HBO chiefs in March, declaring they had breached a 1992 contract to not “damage or disparage or cause to decrease in esteem the reputation of (Jackson)” by accepting air the documentary Leaving Neverland, in which 2 males claimed Jackson had sexually abused them as children.
According to Range, Los Angeles U.S. District Court Judge George H. Wu ruled on Friday that HBO managers must stick to the arrangement, meaning the case will now head to arbitration. Nevertheless, Judge Wu acknowledged the defense will likely appeal the ruling. A status conference has actually been set for 3 October.
The arrangement was originally signed as part of an offer to air a 1992 concert film from the King of Pop’s Dangerous tour.
While estate authorities slammed HBO for not including their rebuttal to the claims in the movie, network executives argued the case needs to be dismissed as the agreement no longer uses.
Although Leaving Neverland prompted outrage from Jackson’s fans and household, the two-part movie by British filmmaker Dan Reed won an Imaginative Arts Emmy for Impressive Documentary or Nonfiction Unique previously this month.
Jackson, who died in 2009, was twice investigated over child abuse claims, reaching a $23 million settlement with the family of teen Jordy Chandler in 1994. He was likewise acquitted of molesting another teenager, Gavin Arvizo, following a 2005 trial.