In 2015, most people think of Michael Jackson as a pop singer who had a questionable past. Michael Jackson has been dead for almost six years, but he still continues to have legal battles. Part of those legal battles involve the sex abuse accusations that he was acquitted of in 2005 which still continue to haunt his legacy.
Explaining the Michael Jackson molestation trials of 2005, Nancy Grace said, “Jackson was indicted on 10 counts, including lewd conduct with a child, administering alcohol to facilitate child molestation, and conspiracy to commit child abduction, false imprisonment or extortion in connection with abuse alleged to have occurred in 2003…. In June 2005, after hearing from over 130 witnesses and deliberating for about 32 hours, a jury acquitted Jackson of all charges.”
In December 2014, James Safechuck initially filed charges against Michael Jackson. At that time, Michael Jackson’s estate issued a statement to People Magazine, saying, “Mr. Safechuck’s request to file a late claim against the Jackson Estate so he can recover money from Michael’s beneficiary will hopefully be rejected. This is a person that made his claim five years after Michael died, more than 20 years after the incidents supposedly happened and has given sworn testimony that Michael never did anything inappropriate to him.”
However, in March, the case was updated in the media and appears to be legally moving forward. In Touch Weekly reports that James Safechuck signed a sworn statement saying Michael Jackson sexually abused him from 1988 to 1992. The statement by James Safechuck about Michael Jackson is as follows.
“I have finally come to know and appreciate now, after a little over a year of intensive therapy and psychiatric treatment, that this relationship was a predatory and wholly improper one, and one whereby the decedent [Jackson] used my trust and love of him as a means to victimize and sexually molest me.”
James Safechuck goes on to describe the techniques that Michael Jackson used to keep him from revealing that he was being sexually abused, stating, “He continually brainwashed and drilled into me that what he was doing to me was ‘love’ and that I should deny that anything he had done to me ever happened… [Michael Jackson] told me over and over again that my life would be finished if anyone found out about what we have done. [sic]”
James Safechuck also goes on to say, “I never knew that what he did to me was sexual abuse. I continued into adulthood not understanding that what he did and what we did together was wrong.”
How did the molestation by Michael Jackson affect James Safechuck? He claims the abuse by Michael Jackson gave him panic attacks and he fully developed depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in 2006.
Worse, the harassment from Michael Jackson continued into Safechuck’s adulthood. Radar Online says that Michael Jackson “continued to call him about twice a year in his final years” and Safechuck felt that it was a technique used by Michael Jackson to intimidate him and keep him quiet.
Those calls from Michael Jackson were put into the legal documents by Safechuck, who stated, “[E]ither when he [Michael Jackson] was intoxicated and [would] ask me questions about my sex life; or he would talk about how we were ‘going to do something great together’ soon.”
Radar Online, the publication that obtained exclusive access to the court documents against Michael Jackson from James Safechuck, also stated, “California law gives people with claims just a year after a death to bring them to probate court, but Safechuck says it wasn’t until he learned Wade Robson, another man making similar allegations, had filed a lawsuit that he decided to get psychiatric help.”
Radar Online states that the claims made by James Safechuck and Wade Robson against Michael Jackson will be decided on later in the year by Judge Mitchell Beckloff.
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