Michael Jackson by no means molested a man named Brett Barnes — so says Barnes himself — and he’s on the point of sue HBO for a documentary insinuating he was sexually abused by MJ.
The upcoming documentary, “Leaving Neverland,” exhibits Brett, and he claims it implies Jackson molested him as a boy. As for why Barnes thinks this … Wade Robson — one in all Jackson’s well-known alleged victims — claims within the doc, Barnes “replaced him.” The movie then exhibits Michael and Brett collectively on tour. Thus, the insinuation.
Barnes lawyered up and threatened HBO with a lawsuit, claiming the documentary places him in a false gentle and topics him to “hatred, contempt and ridicule.” Presumably, the lawyer is saying MJ supporters will goal Barnes because of the documentary.
Barnes testified at Jackson’s legal trial in 2005 — together with Macaulay Culkin — that he was by no means sexually abused by Jackson … and he hasn’t modified his account since. Brett additionally tweeted in regards to the MJ allegations in January, calling them “lies.”
Not solely do we now have to take care of these lies, however we’ve additionally acquired to take care of individuals perpetuating these lies. The undeniable fact that they fail to do the small quantity of analysis it takes to show these are lies, by alternative or not, makes it even worse.
— Brett Barnes (@IAmBrettBarnes) January 30, 2019
“Leaving Neverland” does embrace Barnes’ denial that Jackson did something inappropriate, however just for a number of seconds in writing on the display screen. Brett’s camp doesn’t suppose that’s almost sufficient to “cure such a despicable allegation.”
Barnes says he desires nothing to do with the movie, doesn’t give HBO his consent to make use of his picture and likeness and desires all references to him axed … or else.
We’re advised HBO replied to the letter, telling Barnes to pound sand. We’re advised a lawsuit now looms.