Michael Jackson footage triggers lawsuit

IANS| Last Updated: Jun 29, 2014, 10:19 AM IST

New York: Footage of the late pop legend Michael Jackson at a museum, here become the subject of a lawsuit between film director Craig Williams and the Jackson estate.

The production company behind the upcoming film “Michael Jackson: The Last Photo shoot” is taking legal action against the late singer`s estate over a video of him at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, reportedly.

The movie, which is set to be released later this year, also features interviews with the Michael`s friends, photographers and stylists.

Director Craig Williams insists he has a right to include the footage in the documentary while the Jackson`s estate attorney Howard Weitzman says the images should remain private and are being ``exploited`` by film makers.

``The makers of the documentary are attempting to exploit footage and photographs of Michael Jackson, which we believe are owned by his Estate,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.

``The documentary contains footage of Michael during private moments that he never agreed could be publicly and commercially exploited without his consent and/or involvement. Michael never authorised or approved the use of this material in the film,” he added.