James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who claim they were sexually abused by late pop icon Michael Jackson, have been sued by three Michael Jackson fan clubs based in France.
The story of James and Wade is the main basis of HBO documentary Leaving Neverland.
After the documentary was broadcast in France, some radio stations stopped playing his music and fashion brand Louis Vuitton removed Jackson-themed items from its 2019 summer menswear collection.
The Michael Jackson Community, the MJ Street and On the Line groups have launched legal proceedings against the men.
The fans' lawyer, Emmanuel Ludot, said, “In France you cannot sully the image of the dead. There's moral and emotional suffering. And when there's suffering, there's compensation. It's very simple."
The proceedings have been welcomed by Michael Jackson's estate. A French court has set October 4 as judgment day.