Michael Jackson's estate executors are demanding the dismissal of another child molestation accusation, insisting the alleged victim has no grounds to sue. James Safechuck's accusations were added to a 2013 lawsuit filed by dancer Wade Robson, who claims he was repeatedly molested as a kid by the King of Pop.
Lawyers for Safechuck insist their client also had an inappropriate relationship with the Thriller hitmaker when he was a pre-teen, after appearing with Jackson in a 1987 Pepsi commercial.
In court papers, they write, "(Jackson) engaged in a calculated course of conduct to lure both (Safechuck) and his parents into a false sense of security and normalcy that was far from reality.
"And (Jackson) was successful in his efforts to the point that (Safechuck) endured repeated acts of sexual abuse of a heinous nature and was brainwashed by the decedent into believing they were acts of love and instigated by James himself rather than the decedent."
Safechuck's representatives are seeking permission from Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff to file the late claim, reports the Los Angeles Times.
A hearing on the petition has been set for 4 September (14), but Howard Weitzman, Jackson's estate attorney, is adamant the case should be dismissed as the statute of limitations has long expired.
He has also called Safechuck's account into question, telling TMZ.com that he had previously "given sworn testimony that Michael never did anything inappropriate to him".
Jackson was acquitted of child molestation following a lengthy trial that began in 2004. The singer passed away in June, 2009.
Michael Jackson's latest child molestation accuser has alleged the late King of Pop used to keep him from attending school so he would be "available" for him on tour.
James Safechuck's lawyer, Maryann Marzano, claims Jackson and her client became close when he was a pre-teen - but she alleges the friendship masked the fact that the pop star was molesting the child in private. And she tells TMZ.com the late singer would prevent the youngster, who appeared alongside Jackson in a 1987 Pepsi commercial, from attending school so he would always be with him.
She says, "If there is still any question about the predatory nature of Michael Jackson’s so-called friendships with young boys, it should be laid to rest by the indisputable facts of what Michael did to James Safechuck." The specific accusations are sealed, but Michael Jackson estate attorney Howard Weitzman insists the allegations are "false and scurrilous." Safechuck's allegation has been added to a lawsuit filed by dancer Wade Robson last year (13).
Robson, now 31, claims he was repeatedly molested as a child by Jackson. In February (14), he demanded administrators of Jackson's estate release the names of any others who have alleged sexual misconduct against Jackson, as well as details of any settlements involving molestation that have not yet been made public. Jackson was acquitted of child molestation following a lengthy trial that began in 2004. The singer passed away in June, 2009.
Late pop superstar Michael Jackson's estate has been hit with another sexual molestation claim, according to a U.S. report.
A sealed statement was filed on Friday (09May14) by lawyers working on behalf of a new complainant, named as James Safechuck, according to The Daily Beast. Safechuck was 10 years old when he appeared alongside the Thriller hitmaker in a 1988 Pepsi commercial promoting his Bad world tour.
The allegation has been added to a lawsuit filed by dancer Wade Robson last year (13). Robson, now 31, claims he was repeatedly molested as a child by Jackson.
In February (14), he demanded administrators of Jackson's estate release the names of any others who have alleged sexual misconduct against Jackson, as well as details of any settlements involving molestation that have not yet been made public. A trial has been set for June (14).
Choreographer Wade Robson has filed legal papers demanding the release of the names of all the boys who accused Michael Jackson of molesting them as he continues to fight the King of Pop's estate amid allegations he was an assault victim. Robson claims he was repeatedly molested as a kid by Jackson and now it seems he's taking names of all the others who have accused the late pop superstar of sexual misconduct.
He has filed a claim with the estate administrators asking for money as a result of allegedly being molested between the ages of seven and 14, and in new legal documents, obtained by TMZ.com, he is also demanding the release of the names of all the other people who have alleged sexual misconduct, any settlements involving molestation that have not yet been made public and any evidence of seduction, such as giving children wine.
The administrators have responded by stating the info Robson has asked for is privileged.
The dancer testified on behalf of the Thriller hitmaker at his 2005 child molestation trial, but has since changed his story and claims Jackson molested him for seven years when he was a child. He insists he was brainwashed by the singer to defend him in court.
A trial has been set for June (14) to determine whether or not Robson's claim against Jackson's estate has any merit.
Representatives for the estate argue that Robson's bid is too far past the deadline for claims and is undermined by the fact the singer is now deceased.
Legendary rocker Gene Simmons has upset Michael Jackson's fans again, after reconfirming his belief the pop star allegedly molested children. In 2011, the KISS frontman gave credence to allegations that the King of Pop was guilty of the acts he was twice charged with, revealing he there was "no question in my mind he molested those kids" - and now he's on the attack again.
On Friday (26Jul13), Simmons reacted to a fan who reached out to him on Twitter.com, looking for his help concerning Wade Robson, the choreographer who has alleged Jackson molested him for seven years.
The fan wrote, "Gene I am fighting for a man who claims to have been abused by Michael Jackson, Wade Robson, I need your help."
And, after another fan suggested that Simmons had never met the Thriller hitmaker, he responded to the messages, writing, "In (the) 80s, I went out w/ (with) Diana Ross, we visited Michael Jackson. You don't know me. Don't make up things about me."
He continued, "FACT, He paid a family $22 million to settle one case. FACT, He paid $3.5 mil to another family. I stand by my words..."
"Millions around the world believe he was (guilty). Difficult to believe. That does not mean it's untrue."
In 2003, Jackson was arrested and charged with seven counts of child molestation in relation to a 13 year old boy. His trial began in January, 2005, in Santa Maria, California. The singer was acquitted of all charges five months later.
A choreographer who alleges he was molested by Michael Jackson as a child has set up a foundation to help young victims. Wade Robson has filed a creditor's claim against the late superstar's estate, insisting he was abused by Jackson between the ages of seven and 14 at the superstar's California and Las Vegas homes.
The dance expert's legal case is ongoing, but it has now emerged that he has created a charity to help young victims of sexual abuse. He founded non-profit organisation Hearts in Our Hands on 1 July (13), according to TMZ.com.
A representative for Robson tells the website the foundation will use holistic methods to help victims.
A number of Jackson's family members have spoken out to dismiss Robson's allegations, including Jackson's brother Jermaine, who branded the story "a big lie".
Michael Jackson's father has landed in trouble with U.S. authorities after allegedly failing to hand over $2,720 (£1,754) in taxes. Joe Jackson was hit with a lien from officials at California's Franchise Tax Board, who claim the former talent manager's overdue bill dates back to 2010, according to TMZ.com.
The 84 year old now lives in Las Vegas, where his late son's Cirque du Soleil tribute show, Michael Jackson ONE, premiered to much fanfare on Saturday (29Jun13).
Jackson, who is estranged from the family, did not attend.
It has been a rough year for the star - he suffered three strokes in late 2012 and he recently became caught up in a legal dispute with Wade Robson after he allegedly made slanderous comments about the choreographer in an online video.
A lawyer for Michael Jackson's estate has asked a California judge to reject choreographer Wade Robson's request to file a late creditor's claim amid allegations he was sexually abused by the King of Pop as a child. Robson, who has worked with stars including Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, filed suit against the estate in May (13) and requested court permission to lodge a notice for financial compensation long after the estate deadline.
The dancer alleged he was unaware there was a cut-off point for creditor's claims, but estate attorney Howard Weitzman insists Robson is well connected enough in the music industry to have known about the deadline, especially because it was such a high-profile case.
Weitzman wants the judge to dismiss Robson's claim because of its late filing, reports TMZ.com.
The choreographer, now 30, maintains he was abused by the singer between the ages of seven and 14 at the superstar's California and Las Vegas homes, despite taking the stand at the singer's 2005 child molestation trial to deny he had ever been abused by the pop idol.
Jackson died from an accidental overdose in 2009.
Choreographer Wade Robson has stepped up his battle with Michael Jackson's heirs by threatening the late superstar's father with legal action. Robson is suing the singer's estate over allegations Jackson abused him as a young boy, but his decision to go public has angered members of the star's family, including his father Joe Jackson, who cast doubt on the choreographer's claim in a video recently posted on TMZ.com.
Robson's lawyers have now fired off a cease and desist letter to Joe Jackson, accusing him of slander for the comments he made in the clip.
In documents obtained by editors at TMZ, Robson's lawyers write, "Your statement is particularly reprehensible in light of the fact that (Robson) has only recently been able to come forward which is so typically characteristic and tragic for so many survivors of sexual abuse... Any trier of fact would conclude your statement was malicious, intended to further injure our client."
The attorneys go on to threaten Joe Jackson with legal action over his remarks.
Robson, now 30, took the stand in 2005 during Michael Jackson's child molestation trial in Santa Barbara, California to insist the Thriller hitmaker had never abused him during several sleepovers at his Neverland Ranch and Las Vegas homes.
Michael Jackson's family is tired of Wade Robson slandering MJ's name. Jackson's nephew Taj (son of Michael's brother Tito and the late Delores V. Martes Jackson) went on a Twitter rant Thursday calling out Robson as a liar. Taj claimed that he knew that Robson is a liar because he is the molestation "survivor."
According to Taj's tweets, he was sexually abused by one of his uncles on his mother's side of the family, and his uncle Michael helped him to cope with the travesties. Taj even shared a letter that Michael reportedly wrote to his mother talking about bringing awareness to child molestation incidents that can occur in a family.
"My uncle was a support system for me and my mom," Taj wrote. "That is how I KNOW Wade is lying. Because I AM a survivor."
Earlier this month, Robson claimed that Michael Jackson had molested him as a child. But Taj thinks that Robson is just after money and fame. "I hate that Wade made me do this, this way. But since my uncle Michael is no longer here to defend himself. I will," Taj tweeted. "Those who seek only fame & $ will do or say anything they can to get it. Those who seek or fight for the truth should be equally determined."
Those who seek only fame & $ will do or say anything they can to get it. Those who seek or fight for the truth should be equally determined.
— Taj Jackson (@tajjackson3) May 16, 2013
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