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Lawsuit of Michael Jackson sexual abuse accuser dismissed

Michael Jackson with James Safechuck in "Leaving Neverland"
Michael Jackson with James Safechuck in a scene from the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.”
(HBO)

A judge has dismissed the lawsuit of one of two men who alleged in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland” that Michael Jackson abused them as boys.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark A. Young on Tuesday found that James Safechuck, 42, could not sue the two corporations Jackson owned that are named as defendants in the lawsuit, MJJ Productions Inc. and MJJ Ventures Inc.

Young said Safechuck’s lawsuit had not demonstrated that he had a relationship with the corporations that would have required them to protect him from Jackson.

Email messages seeking comment from both sides were not immediately returned.

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A California appeals court on Friday restored the sex-abuse lawsuits brought against two of Michael Jackson’s companies after a new law went into effect.

It’s the second time Safechuck’s case, filed in 2013, has been thrown out. A judge dismissed it in 2017 but an appeals court revived it early this year after California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a new law giving those who allege childhood sexual abuse longer to file lawsuits.

The similar lawsuit of Safechuck’s fellow accuser and “Leaving Neverland” subject Wade Robson, which also was revived by the appeals court, remains alive.

The Jackson estate has adamantly and repeatedly denied that he abused either of the boys, and it is suing HBO over “Leaving Neverland.”

The Associated Press does not typically name victims of sexual abuse. But Robson and Safechuck have repeatedly come forward and approved of the use of their names and faces.


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