Doc revives Jackson allegations
LOS ANGELES — A lawyer representing two of Michael Jackson’s accusers who appear in an upcoming documentary says their allegations of sexual abuse have not been discredited, as the Jackson estate says, and deserve to be heard.
Vince Finaldi, who represents Wade Robson and James Safechuck inlawsuitsallegingJacksonmolested them, said the suits were dismissed on technical grounds, not on the credibility of the men’s claims, and they are now under appeal.
“There were never any rulings to the court as to their testimony,” Finaldi said Thursday. “We stand by our clients, and we believe them and we fully expect them to be vindicated.”
The stories of Robson and Safechuck, who came forward as adults to say Jackson had sexually abused them for years when they were boys, will be heard again in the two-part, four-hour documentary Leaving Neverland, which will stream in Canada on HBO and Crave in the spring. It premieres Jan. 25 at the Sundance Film Festival.
The Jackson estate released a statement saying the documentary is “just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations.”
“Wade Robson and James Safechuck have both testified under oath that Michael never did anything inappropriate toward them,” the statement said, adding that both had filed lawsuits that have been dismissed.
Jackson in 2005 was acquitted of criminal molestation charges, which did not involve Robson or Safechuck.
Robson testified at that trial, saying he had slept in Jackson’s room many times, but Jackson had never molested him. Safechuck made similar statements to investigators as a boy.