Michael Jackson's accusers win appeal, can now sue for sexual abuse

Michael Jackson's accusers can now sue for sexual abuse after winning appeal.
Written By Khushi S Koppad | Updated: January 04, 2020 22:19 IST
Michael Jackson's accusers win appeal, can now sue for sexual abuse

Two men who claimed that they were sexually assaulted by Michael Jackson when they were minors can now sue the late pop star's corporate entities.
The separate lawsuits filed by Wade Robson, 37, and James Safechuck, 41, who were featured in the film, "Leaving Neverland", which raised massive controversy, detailed the duo's graphic allegations of sexual abuse by Jackson when they lived and traveled with him as children, reports usatoday.com.
The accusers' lead attorney, Vince Finaldi said, "We look forward to sharing the facts of the terrible abuse of Safechuck and Robson with a jury,"
Meanwhile, Howard Weitzman, a lawyer for Jackson's estate, stated "The Court of Appeal specifically did not address the truth of these false allegations".
Weitzman added, "We are confident that both lawsuits will get dismissed and that Michael Jackson will get vindicated once again,"
Apparently, Robson filed his lawsuit in 2013 at age 30 and Safechuck filed his lawsuit in 2014 at age 36, but the cases were not valid due to a California law which states that such claims have to be filed before the plaintiff's 26th birthday. But according to the new California law, the statute of limitations got extended , allowing "claims of childhood sexual abuse against third-party nonperpetrators to get filed", up until the victim's 40th birthday, according to legal documents. Hence, the California 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal on Friday revisited separate lawsuits. Michael Jackson passed away on 25th June, 2009, at age 50.