A California judge dismissed, without room to amend, James Safechuck’s claim against Michael Jackson’s corporations. Safechuck, along with Wade Robson, alleged that Michael Jackson’s companies MJJ Ventures and MJJ Productions were responsible for the “most sophisticated child sex abuse operation in history”. Robson and Safechuck are essentially arguing that these companies were formed solely to procure children for Michael Jackson to abuse, and are now seeking financial compensation (of undisclosed numbers) for negligence and inflicted emotional distress. Their attempts to collect financial compensation (despite apparently not wanting money for Leaving Neverland) from the Michael Jackson Estate is what film director Dan Reed says they consider “justice”. However, after 7+ years of claims, not a single corroborating witness has been found to substantiate the claims of Robson or Safechuck.
Their initial cases targeted the Michael Jackson Estate, with Robson arguing that he waited so long to file his lawsuit because he did not know he could sue the Michael Jackson estate. In that case, the judge ruled that “no rational fact-finder could possibly believe” Robson’s sworn statement. The next cases, then targeting MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures, were again dismissed in 2017.
In his recently amended complaint, Judge Young determined that the claims against MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures have not been adequately argued and that Jackson’s corporations could not be held responsible for the alleged actions of Michael Jackson himself. It is Safechuck’s third time being dismissed by a California court. It is also the second judge to review their cases and rule a dismissal. Wade Robson, whose claims and arguments are almost identical to Safechuck, is likely to be dismissed as well. Both men have continuously added to their claims over the years, even though corroborating witnesses and evidence have consistently failed to materialize.
However, even after seven long years of failed litigation, Vince Finaldi (Safechuck and Robson’s lawyer) is likely to file yet another appeal on Safechuck’s behalf. Though Leaving Neverland brought more public attention to James Safechuck and Wade Robson, it has failed to give their claims anymore leeway through the court system as they’d hoped. It is likely, however, that both men will continue to exhaust their options in their quest for financial compensation.
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Read the final ruling here: https://mjjr.net/docs/2020-10-20-Final-Ruling-Safechuck-Demurrer.pdf