A California appeals court on Friday revived the lawsuits of two men who accused Michael Jackson of sexually abusing them for years when they were boys.

A three-judge panel of California’s Second District Court of Appeal found that the lawsuits of Wade Robeson and James Safechuck should not have been dismissed by the lower court, and that they could legitimately claim that the two Jackson-owned corporations was nominated. The defendants in the cases had a responsibility to defend them.

This is the second time the lawsuits, brought by Robson in 2013 and Safechuk the following year, have been brought back after their dismissals. Both men became more widely known for telling their stories in the 2019 HBO documentary Leaving Neverland.

A judge who dismissed the lawsuit in 2021 found that the corporations, MJJ Productions Inc. and MJJ Ventures Inc., cannot be expected to act like Boy Scouts or a church where a child in their care can expect their protection Is. Jackson, who died in 2009, was the sole owner and sole shareholder in the companies.

The High Court justices dissented, writing that a corporation that facilitates the sexual exploitation of children by one of its employees cannot be exempted from an affirmative duty to protect those children simply because it is wholly guilty of the abuse. is owned by.

He added that it would be perverse to draw no charges on the basis of the corporate defendant being only a shareholder. And so we reverse the judgments entered for the corporations.

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first published: 19 August 2023 | 6:49 am First

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