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An attorney for the Michael Jackson estate has issued a lengthy letter to HBO execs that basically says if the network cares about its reputation, they’ll meet with the Jackson camp.

The letter, which is addressed to Richard Plepler, chief executive of HBO, by attorney Howard Weitzman, questions the integrity of the upcoming documentary Leaving Neverland and claims that producer Dan Reed never talked to those connected to Jackson for their side of the story.

The documentary, which moved Sundance audiences to tears, focuses on the stories of two survivors, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, both of whom attended the film’s premiere and have tried, unsuccessfully, to sue the Jackson estate in the past:

Weitzman writes that HBO “is being used as part of Robson’s and Safechuck’s legal strategy,” as the two are currently seeking appeals, and slams the network and filmmakers for “intentionally” choosing not to interview anyone that would detract from their story.

The letter does not threaten any legal action, but does ask for a meeting between the Jackson team and HBO to discuss ways the network could “investigate” the claims of the letter.

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“Barring that, this ‘documentary’ will say a lot more about HBO than it ever could about Jackson,” Weitzman.

The documentary is set to air March 3. Jackson truthers are historically very vocal, so it’ll be interesting to see if HBO caves.

[The Hollywood Reporter]


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Just one problem: that wasn’t Kanye’s rep. Plein gave nearly a million dollars to some dude Kayne used to know.

Anyway, now there’s no one to perform at the show.

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