A judge ruled that lawyers representing the corporate entities created by the late Michael Jackson cannot examine a psychiatrist’s medical records for a dancer-choreographer who alleges he was molested as a child by the singer.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff said it was premature to allow such access to the doctor’s records, notes and communications concerning 32-year-old Wade Robson.
The physician, who is not identified in the Robson attorneys’ court papers, evaluated the effects on the dancer of the alleged abuses by the pop star.
Lawyers for MJJ Productions Inc. and MJJ Ventures Inc. said the data were needed to prepare a motion to dismiss Robson’s lawsuit, in which he alleges that an employee of MJJ Productions could have intervened and stopped the singer’s alleged abuses of Robson and others.
Beckloff heard arguments July 20 and took the case under submission. In his ruling Thursday, Beckloff said that he was denying access to Robson’s medical records for now because the psychiatrist was not Robson’s regular treating physician.
However, the judge said he would hear a similar motion from the attorneys for the companies later if Robson’s attorneys say they want to call the psychiatrist during trial as an expert witness.
Pop music icon Jackson died from an overdose death on June 25, 2009, at age 50.
— City News Service