Appeal Court Revives Lawsuits By Michael Jackson Accusers
The lawsuits filed by accusers of the Michael Jackson child sexual abuse cases are now alive and well again. Here's the story by RTT Music news.
In a widely expected move, a California appeals court has revived two lawsuits accusing late pop star Michael Jackson of child sexual abuse.
The decision by the California 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals reverses previous rulings dismissing the suits brought by James Safechuck and Wade Robson, whose accusations were the subject of the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland.
The lawsuits filed by Safechuck and Robson were previously dismissed because California law required such claims to be filed prior to the plaintiff's 26th birthday.
However, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new law in October extending the statute of limitations and allowing those who claim they were sexually abused as children to file suits until age 40.
"We are pleased that the Court of Appeal recognized the strong protections California has for sexual abuse victims, as well as the extended time for them to file claims," the plaintiffs' attorney Vince W. Finaldi said in a statement to Deadline. "We look forward to proving these claims before a jury."
He added, "The time is coming for the Jackson estate and lawyers to 'face the music' regarding all of these lies and misrepresentations they have been making about Wade and James, and we welcome that day."
The ruling allows Safechuck and Robson's lawsuits against Jackson's companies, MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures Inc., to proceed, although Jackson's estate has vehemently denied the accusations.