A judge has dismissed the lawsuit of one of two men who alleged that Michael Jackson abused them as young boys in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.”
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark A. Young ruled on Tuesday that James Safechuck, 42, could not sue the two corporations Michael Jackson owned that are named as defendants in the lawsuit, MJJ Productions Inc., and MJJ Ventures Inc.
Judge 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 Michael Jackson.
“We are pleased that the court dismissed Mr. Safechuck’s case by ruling that he had no grounds to pursue such a lawsuit,” Jackson estate attorneys Howard Weitzman and Jonathan Steinsapir said in a statement.
This is not the first time Safechuck’s lawsuit has been thrown out, he filed one in 2013 that was also dismissed. That case was dismissed 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 a longer time to file lawsuits.
Safechuck’s fellow accuser Wade Robson, still has an open lawsuit pending. The Jackson estate has adamantly and repeatedly denied that he abused either of the boys, and it is suing HBO over “Leaving Neverland.”