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Michael Jackson’s ‘Leaving Neverland’ Accusers Win Appeal, Can Sue for Negligence

By Amelia Accardo |

Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local

Wade Robson and James Jackson – the accusers in the documentary ‘Leaving Neverland.’ These two men have accused the famous Micheal Jackson for sexually abusing them when they were children. Recently, they have won the appeal and now get the chance to sue the two corporations that contribute with Micheal Jackson. They were able to “stand in light of a recently extended statute of limitations for victims of sexual abuse.” The accusers are able to move forward with the claims: emotional distress, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty against MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures, according to www.msn.com.

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The men were originally denied due to an untimely violation of the California’s Civil Code of Procedure. The code states that victims of sexual abuse should make claims before their 26th birthday. As of January 1st, 2020, victims are now able to report the abuse before their 40th birthday. Both victims: Robson, 37, and Safechuck, 41, did manage to file claims before that deadline.

They are both happy to hear the change. Robson and Safechuck’s lawyer, Vince Finaldi stated, “We are pleased that the Court has recognized the strong protections California has put into place for sexual abuse victims under the state’s new law extending the statute of limitations. We look forward to sharing the facts of the terrible abuse of James Safechuck and Wade Robson with a jury.”

Wade Robson – One of the alleged victims in the HBO documentary, Leaving Neverlands opens up to Dan Reed, the director and producer. The victim goes into detail how Jackson sexually abused him from childhood to his teen aged years. Robson met Jackson when he was 5 after winning a dance competition. His reward was to meet the popular pop star.

Two years later his family went to visit California where his mother got in contact with Jackson. They got to stay a night at his house. The parents stayed in the guest room while Robson and his sister remained in the singers room. As they were getting ready to leave, Mr. Jackson bribed them to let him keep Robson. As soon as they left, is when the sexual abuse began for the next 7 years of his life.

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The late pop star Micheal Jackson who died back in 2009, denied these accusations. But in 2005, Jackson did admit to sharing his bed with young boys. He titled his actions as ‘loving.’ He told the victims that this is how people show love. Shortly after, the singer told them they should not tell anyone.

Robson and Safechuck continue to claim that the corporations were responsible for Mr. Jackson’s actions. The stars estate let out the statement, “The Court of Appeal did NOT revive the lawsuits by Mr. Robson and Mr. Safechuck against the Estate of Michael Jackson. Both of those lawsuits were dismissed in 2016…. [The plaintiffs] absurdly claim that Michael’s employees are somehow responsible for sexual abuse that never happened,” to tmz.com. Then in 2019, the Estate of Micheal Jackson filed a $100,000 lawsuit against HBO’s documentary Leaving Neverland. The network then dismissed the claim. They declared that this claim was a failed attempt to gain publicity.

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Robson then says he does not care about other people’s opinions on Jackson and his music. He adds that there is no doubt Jackson was talented, but it doesn’t mean he wasn’t a predator. He wants to continue to make fans of MJ to look at the whole story, according to theguardian.com. 

 

 

 

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