According to a report by NME, the documentary makers of ‘Leaving Neverland’ have refused to remove Brett Barnes from the footage after his lawyer, Allen Grodsky requested they do so by letter. In the letter Grodsky wrote to the film-makers, he said that Brett would “suffer significant torment and pain if the film is broadcast and portrays him in this false light”.
He continues; “The hurt you will cause to Mr. Barnes if you do not reverse course is magnified by the fact that Mr. Barnes and his family considered Mr. Jackson to be a dear family friend for almost twenty years and Mr. Barnes still considers him to have been one of the best friends he has ever had.
That you would produce a film strongly implying that Mr. Barnes was sexually abused by one of his best friends is outrageous. That no one even attempted to contact Mr. Barnes to ask about such accusation is beyond the pale…. Put simply, Mr. Barnes wants nothing to do with the film, does not consent to use of his image and likeness in the film, and wishes to be left alone.”
In response to this letter Amos Pictures has replied; “Mr. Barnes’ relationship with Michael Jackson has been a part of the public record for decades; he cannot simply remove himself from history.
While it is unfortunate that Mr. Barnes is not happy with the Film, there is no legal requirement that Amos Pictures, HBO or any other third party submit to the demands in your letter, and accordingly they respectfully decline to do so.”