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HBO Threatened With Legal Action For Implying Man Was Molested By Michael Jackson

March 2, 2019 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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TMZ reports that a man by the name of Brett Barnes is considering legal action against HBO after the premium network’s recent documentary Leaving Neverland implied that he was sexually abused by Michael Jackson as a boy. The documentary, which has yet to be released, features one of Jackson’s alleged victims, Wade Robson, saying that Barnes “replaced him.” The film then shows Jackson and Barnes together on tour, which seems to imply that Barnes was Jackson’s next victim.

Barnes obtained a lawyer and then threatened to sue HBO, claiming the documentary makes him look bad and leaves him open to “hatred, contempt and ridicule.” Barnes may be worried that Jackson’s supporters will target him once the documentary is released. Barnes previously testified at Jackson’s criminal trial in 2005 with Macaulay Culkin and said he was never sexually abused by Jackson. He hasn’t changed his story. He tweeted about the allegations in January and said they were lies. The documentary includes his denial, but only for a few seconds on the screen, which his team doesn’t think is enough to “cure such a despicable allegation.” Barnes said he doesn’t give HBO permission to use his image and likeness and wants all references to him removed.

HBO responded to the letter and basically said they were going to release the documentary as is, so it seems a lawsuit is imminent.