Lawyers representing Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck, who brought a $100 million sex-abuse lawsuit against Michael Jackson’s former companies, MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures, say they are looking for Jordan Chandler, the first person to accuse the late pop star of sexual molestation. They need Chandler to testify in their lawsuit which claims that Jackson’s companies ran a “sophisticated child sexual abuse procurement and facilitation operation,” NY Daily News reported.
The plaintiffs, Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck, were one of the many underage companions of Jackson at his Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. The two brought a lawsuit, claiming that Jackson abused them sexually on multiple occasions when they visited him at his ranch.
According to the first plaintiff, Wade Robson, who had filed a child abuse claim against Jackson’s estate in 2013, Jackson’s multimedia creation and distributing companies, MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures, worked covertly to procure underage fans for private meetings with Jackson and enticed their parents with expensive gifts.
“The thinly-veiled, covert second purpose of these businesses was to operate as a child sexual abuse operation, specifically designed to locate, attract, lure and seduce child sexual abuse victims,” read a complaint filed in September 2016 by Vince Finaldi, an attorney from Irvine, California, who is representing Wade Robson and Jim Safechuck.
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According to Finaldi, his investigators have launched a worldwide search for Jordan Chandler. The investigators are reportedly working in several European countries, including the U.K., to track down Chandler who received a $20 million payoff in 1993 after his father brought a lawsuit accusing Michael Jackson of molesting his son at his Neverland Ranch.
Robson and Safechuck want Chandler to testify in their case, but the two believe that Chandler deliberately left the U.S. to avoid testifying, a source close to the case said, according to NY Daily News.
Robson, now a 34-year-old choreographer, claims that Jackson molested him on multiple occasions after they met through a talent competition when he was 5-years-old. He said Jackson invited him to his Neverland Ranch when he was only 7-years-old. He gave a graphic description of sexual abuse that lasted until he was 14-years-old.
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After filing a child abuse lawsuit against Jackson in 2013, he filed negligence claims against his companies in 2016. The complaint claims that Jackson’s employees at MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures ran a “sophisticated child sexual abuse procurement and facilitation operation.”
Finaldi said that his clients, Robson and Safechuck, believe that they need Chandler to make their case and that if they find him, they would try to convince him to talk about his experience. Chandler has reportedly never spoken about his experience of alleged sexual molestation with Jackson, but Robson and Safechuck said they want to convince him to end his decades of silence.
“Wade and Jimmy want to look Jordie in the eye and talk to him about what they suffered. They feel that they may appeal to him to finally tell his story.”
“[Chandler] is a key piece of the puzzle surrounding this case, and we’re not going to stop until we find him,” Finaldi said, according to NY Daily News.
A trial date has been set for March 2018.
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