The two men who accused Michael Jackson of child molestation in ‘Leaving Neverland’ have been granted the right to sue MJs estate by a California appeals court.
A trial judge threw out the cases of James Safechuck and Wade Robson, on grounds they waited too long to file their claim. When they filed their lawsuits, California law did not support their claim, because the statute of limitations required them to file before they turned 26,. At the time they filed Robson was 30 and Safechuck was 36.
But a new law took effect January 1, 2020, which allows sexual abuse victims to sue until they’re 40. A California appeals court just ruled the new law allows both Robson and Safechuck to have their cases tried — presumably before a jury.
It’s a huge reversal of fortune. Up to now the MJ Estate has been able to fend off these claims based on the statute of limitations, but that’s all changed as of New Year’s Day.
Safechuck alleges Jackson abused him hundreds of times when he was a child … kissing his genitals, rubbing and sucking Jackson’s nipples as the singer masturbated and anally penetrated Safechuck with his finger.
As for Robson, he claims the abuse included fondling, kissing, giving and receiving oral sex and one incident in which MJ attempted to engage in anal sex with him.
The folks who manage Jackson’s Estate have said all along the claims are bogus and filed by disgruntled former MJ fans who are barred by the statute of limitations. The Estate lawyer, Howard Weitzman, told TMZ in the past he’s confident the claims will be dismissed.
2020 is off to a bang, isn’t it?