Three Michael Jackson fan clubs from France are suing the main characters in the documentary Leaving Neverland. James Safechuck and Wade Robson, accusing Jackson of child abuse, would blacken the pop icon. They demand symbolic compensation of one euro per fan club. Thursday is the first hearing.

In France it is punishable to blame a deceased person. Emmanuel Ludot, the club’s lawyer, calls the accusations of the two main characters extremely serious and speaks of “genuine lynching”.

Frenchman Ludot was previously successful in getting recognition for five fans who said they suffered emotional damage from the death of the King of Pop in 2009.

The four-hour documentary Leaving Neverland is about the personal story of Safechuck and Robson. They accuse child abuse in the Jackson movie. There was a lot of fuss about the documentary throughout the world, fans protested against the film and Jackson’s relatives tried to stop him.

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