World News – UK – Leaving Neverland director faces legal battle during filming of Michael Jackson documentary sequel


Upon leaving Neverland, director Dan Reed found himself facing yet another legal battle with the companies inherited from Michael Jackson as he attempted to shoot the sequel to his documentary

As reported by Deadline, Reed filmed in Los Angeles Superior Court for a follow-up to the award-winning documentary of 2019

The sequel will show the fallout from the original film’s release and the effect it had on Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claim in Leaving Neverland that they were sexually assaulted by Jackson when they were minors Jackson’s estate strongly denies these allegations

Robson and Safechuck are currently pursuing separate actions against MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures, but Jackson’s companies are apparently trying to remove Reed’s access to the lawsuits

Last month, the companies handed Reed and his production company, Amos Pictures, a subpoena demanding that the director turn over all papers and materials related to Leaving Neverland and beyond They also try to ban him from filming inside the courtroom

Jackson’s attorney told court that Reed was not a legitimate reporter and that Leaving Neverland was a one-sided movie

In response, Reed said he had no personal affiliation with Robson and Safechuck and did not pay them to appear in his sequel He also attached emails showing he had asked MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures lawyer Howard Weitzman to appear in the second documentary, but he was refused

Responding to « various false accusations » on his credibility, Reed said: « The follow-up documentary that I’m currently filming in these cases is about current events taking place in part in public view. and will be a story unfolding with several points of view « 

Reed was backed by Louisa Compton, head of news and current affairs at Channel 4, who said Jackson’s companies were trying to « suppress » the reporting on the Robson and Safechuck cases

“Understandably, the MJJ companies aren’t happy with Leaving Neverland or the making of the follow-up documentary,” she said. “It’s easy to see why they don’t want the subject of these films be reported to the public

« However, while they do not like the messages conveyed by these documentaries, we strongly oppose their efforts to ‘shoot the messenger' »

Leaving Neverland won an Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Special Non-Fiction, and a BAFTA TV Award for the Factual Series

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Michael Jackson, James Safechuck, Dan Reed, Wade Robson, HBO, Channel 4

World News – UK – Leaving Neverland director faces legal battle while filming from the sequel to the documentary Michael Jackson



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