The producers of this pay cable documentary sequel don’t know which direction they will go in now because of the recent court loss of one of the main accusers of the permanent A++ lister.
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‘Leaving Neverland’ accuser James Safechuck’s lawsuit against Michael Jackson’s companies dismissed
One of Michael Jackson’s accusers from the “Leaving Neverland” documentary suffered a legal loss this week when a judge tossed his lawsuit against the late pop star’s companies.
James Safechuck, who appeared in the explosive HBO documentary, is pursuing a separate lawsuit from fellow “Neverland” accuser Wade Robson. Both men won an appeal in California earlier this year to take Jackson’s companies to a civil trial.
But on Tuesday, Los Angeles Judge Mark A. Young dismissed Safechuck’s lawsuit, saying his lawyers had not proven Jackson’s companies, MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures, had a fiduciary duty to him as a child working for the pop star, nor was it proven there was a special relationship between the two. The judge also ruled it was not proven that Jackson’s companies – then led by the star – had the ability to control or discipline Jackson.
Safechuck’s lawsuit alleges that Jackson abused him hundreds of times in the late 1980s and early ’90s, and claims that “the thinly-veiled, covert second purpose of (Jackson’s) businesses was to operate as a child sexual abuse operation, specifically designed to locate, attract, lure and seduce child sexual abuse victims.”
Jackson’s estate’s lawyers, his family members and administrators of his estate, which owns Jackson’s companies, have vociferously denied the allegations against him by Robson and Safechuck, whom they have repeatedly labeled liars. The estate also sued HBO for airing “Leaving Neverland.”
On Wednesday, Safechuck’s lawyer, Vince Finaldi, said they would be appealing. – Source
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