Wade Robson Set For Molestation Trial Against Michael Jackson
Dance professional Wade Robson, who has accused the late Michael Jackson of molesting him during his childhood, is preparing to go to trial with MJJ Productions, Inc., the corporation associated with the late singer.
According to TMZ, the California Court of Appeal has granted approval for Robson, now 40 years old, to proceed with his lawsuit against Jackson’s corporation regarding the alleged incidents of molestation. Robson claims that the abuse took place at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch from the age of seven to 14.
During previous legal proceedings, the legal team representing MJJ Productions, Inc. argued that the corporation cannot be held liable as it had no control over the actions of the late pop star.
The Court of Appeal has overturned the dismissal of the case by a Los Angeles County trial court in April 2021, and a tentative ruling has been issued to redirect the case to trial.
Robson, in court documents, states that he moved from Australia to the United States as a child and became acquainted with Jackson, whom he initially befriended but later alleges sexually abused him.
Robson’s name gained prominence four years ago with his participation in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” released in 2019. In the documentary, Robson detailed his allegations, claiming that Jackson began sexually abusing him in 1990 when he was only seven years old and continued the abuse for several more years.
Another individual, James Safechuck, who also accused Jackson of molestation, appeared alongside Robson in the documentary. Safechuck’s case is currently pending before the Court of Appeal and is expected to proceed to trial following the recent ruling in Robson’s case.
Both Robson and Safechuck had previously filed suits against Jackson’s estate, but the cases were dismissed in 2017 due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. However, their cases were revived two years later when California Governor Gavin Newsom approved a law extending the timeframe for litigation in cases where individuals claim to have been sexually abused as children.
Representatives for the Jackson estate have consistently denied the allegations made by Robson and Safechuck and have also sued HBO over the documentary “Leaving Neverland.”
The legal team representing the Jackson estate expressed confidence in their case, stating that the recent appellate ruling does not affect the legal merits of the lawsuit.
Michael Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009, at the age of 50 due to cardiac arrest resulting from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic drug Propofol. Despite his death, Jackson’s legacy remains controversial, as he is celebrated for his contributions to pop culture while facing allegations and controversies surrounding his personal life.
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