Jack­son al­le­ga­tions re­turn with new film

Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS -

An at­tor­ney rep­re­sent­ing two Michael Jack­son ac­cusers who ap­pear in an up­com­ing doc­u­men­tary says their sex­ual-abuse al­le­ga­tions have not been dis­cred­ited as the Jack­son es­tate says, and de­serve to be heard.

Vince Fi­naldi, who rep­re­sents Wade Rob­son and James Safechuck in law­suits al­leg­ing Jack­son mo­lested them, said the suits were dis­missed on tech­ni­cal grounds, not 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 told The As­so­ci­ated Press 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 air on HBO and Bri­tish pub­lic broad­caster Chan­nel 4 in the spring. It pre­mieres Jan. 25 at the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val, the chan­nels an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

The Jack­son es­tate re­leased a state­ment say­ing the doc­u­men­tary is “just an­other re­hash of dated and dis­cred­ited al­le­ga­tions.” Jack­son in 2005 was ac­quit­ted of crim­i­nal mo­lesta­tion charges, which did not in­volve Rob­son or Safechuck.


Michael Jack­son, shown in 2005, is the sub­ject of “Leav­ing Nev­er­land,” a four-hour doc­u­men­tary.

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