A judge is giving lawyers for a man who alleges he was sexually abused as a child by Michael Jackson more time to show why their client should be allowed to file a late claim against the singer’s estate.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff ruled Dec. 30 that he would allow an amended complaint to be filed on behalf of James Safechuck that further explains how Jackson’s actions allegedly misled the plaintiff to a point where he was unable to immediately understand what was happening to him.
Beckloff heard arguments from attorneys Dec. 16 and took the issues under submission. He gave Safechuck’s lawyers three weeks to file the revised lawsuit.
Safechuck did not file his petition for a late claim against the Jackson estate until August. Attorneys for the estate maintain Safechuck had 60 days to file the claim after he began to understand what allegedly happened to him after seeing a May 2013 television interview with Wayne Robson, who also claims he was sexually abused by Jackson as a child.
Safechuck’s attorneys maintain he did not fully comprehend what happened until he underwent counseling and therefore is not bound by the 60-day statute.
Safechuck, 36, alleges he was abused by the King of Pop after the two appeared together in a late-1980s Pepsi commercial, when Safechuck was 10.
“(Jackson) engaged in a calculated course of conduct to lure both (Safechuck) and his parents into a false sense of security and normalcy that was far from reality,” Safechuck’s attorneys allege in the court papers.
They claim Jackson “was successful in his efforts to the point that (Safechuck) endured repeated acts of sexual abuse of a heinous nature and was brainwashed by the decedent into believing they were acts of love and instigated by James himself rather than the decedent.”
Safechuck alleges the pop star molested him about 100 times for four years until he reached puberty.
Last year, the 31-year-old Robson, an Australian former-choreographer, also filed a petition for a late claim against the estate, alleging Jackson sexually abused him at a young age.
According to Safechuck’s attorneys’ court papers, their client was able to gain “insight” from Robson’s claim and then obtained psychiatric help that has allowed him to come forward with details of the “loathsome nature of his childhood sexual relationship with (Jackson), the effects of which he has buried for decades.”
Jackson died June 25, 2009, at age 50 of acute propofol intoxication.
— City News Service
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