Despite compelling evidence and the testimony of accusers James Safechuck and Wade Robson in the controversial documentary “Leaving Neverland”, some fans refuse to believe allegations that Michael Jackson was a pedophile who molested young boys.
To make a point, three fan groups are banding together to launch a defamation lawsuit against Safechuck and Robson, with the Michael Jackson Community, MJ Street and On the Line filing the suit in France.
As The Independent reports, the suit is being launched in France because the country has laws that make it a crime to defame the deceased.
“In France you cannot sully the image of the dead,” said the fans’ lawyer, Emmanuel Ludot, who likened the allegations in “Leaving Neverland” to a “genuine lynching” of the King of Pop, who passed away in 2009.
“There’s moral and emotional suffering,” Ludot added. “And when there’s suffering, there’s compensation. It’s very simple.”
The lawsuit doesn’t appear to be seeking any financial gains, as both Safechuck and Robson are being sued for one Euro apiece; neither man, noted The Independent, appeared in court, nor had lawyers in court representing them.
This isn’t the first that that Ludot has brought forward a similar suit involving Jackson; in 2014, he sued Dr. Conrad Murray, who was ordered by a French judge to pay a symbolic one Euro to a group of European fans to compensate for their pain and suffering after the physician was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for his role in Jackson’s accidental overdose.