Michael Jackson’s estate accused of ‘fantasy’ after suing HBO for $100million

HBO has slated claims by Michael Jackson's estate as "mere fantasy" as their $100 million (£78.3 million) battle continues.

The documentary makers has said they did not breach any deal that they had with Jackson's estate when they released the controversial Leaving Neverland.

The Blast has reported that the argument has blown up over whether the legal case should be heard in private or a public court.

The late singer's estate has been pushing for it to be heard behind closed doors.

The Jackson estate has demanded $100million from HBO, saying Leaving Neverland breached a 1992 deal between the singer and the broadcaster not to "disparage" him.

HBO has dismissed this as "mere fantasy" and has cited that in the original contract that any legal issues 'would not be heard in a private court'.

Where the argument will be won or lost is in the 1992 deal that HBO had with Jackson, over the airing of one of his concerts specials.

Leaving Neverland details the alleged abuse of James Safechuck and Wade Robson at the hands of Jackson, and HBO says the documentary only briefly mentioned the 1992 concert.

They clam that it has 'nothing to do with the documentary' and that this Dan Reed-directed film came out more than 25 years after the 1992 agreement was terminated.

HBO has said this is "long past any reasonable period of time thereafter," but Jackson's estate claims that a deal with the late singer had been violated and they are seeking $100milion in damages from the TV documentary makers.

Dan Reed has stated that he wants to make at least two more follow-ups to Leaving Neverland, as more people have come forward about abuse from Jackson.

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