The two men that were featured in the controversial documentary “Leaving Neverland,” James Safechuck and Wade Robson, have been cleared to sue for sexual abuse by a California appeals court. The two men accused Jackson of molesting them as children and this is a huge legal victory in their favor.
Though the case had been thrown out previously on the grounds that the two had waited too long to file their claims, the winds of the law have shifted into their favor with new rules coming into effect. Initially when they filed, the statute of limitations had passed – thus rendering their claims invalid, according to California’s laws.
Now that a new decade has dawned, the initial laws that prevented the pair from filing their lawsuit have been changed. The statute of limitations previously required them to file before the age of 26. The expanded laws have been changed as of January 1st, 2020 which extended the age range to 40, thus now allowing their cases to be tried. The case covers their allegations that MJ’s companies are also liable for his behavior – not just him.
Though their claims can no longer include the estate of Michael Jackson due to different conditions, they’re now free to sue MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures. They could win if they can actually prove the allegations and show that the people in charge knew or should have known the children were in peril.
Safechuck accuses Jackson of abusing him an inordinate amount of times and included kissing his genitals, rubbing and sucking Jackson’s nipples as the singer masturbated and penetrated Safechuck anally with his finger.
Robson claims the abuse included fondling, kissing, giving and receiving oral sex, and another incident in which Jackson attempted to initiate anal sex.
The Estate moved quickly to give a statement, telling outlet TMZ that “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…” and the 2 men “absurdly claim that Michael’s employees are somehow responsible for sexual abuse that never happened.”
In addition to these now revived cases, the Michael Jackson Estate still has a lawsuit pending against HBO who aired the “Leaving Neverland” documentary. That case was ordered to private arbitration, according to Variety. It seems as if the ongoing battles in the courts can still yet tarnish the legacy of one of the most successful artists not living any longer but only time will tell.