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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit brought by a choreographer who alleged Michael Jackson molested him as a child, resolving one of the last major claims against the late singer’s holdings.

Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff’s summary judgment ruling against the now-35-year-old Wade Robson found that the two Jackson-owned corporations, which were the remaining defendants in the case, were not liable for Robson’s exposure to Jackson. He did not rule on the credibility of Robson’s allegations themselves.

Robson’s attorney, Vince Finaldi, said he strongly disagrees and plans to appeal.

Robson, a native of Australia who has worked with Britney Spears and NSYNC, met Jackson when he was 5 years old.

He testified in Jackson’s defense at the singer’s 2005 criminal trial, saying he had spent the night at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch more than 20 times and usually slept in Jackson’s room, but Jackson never molested him. Jackson was acquitted in that trial.

Then in 2013 about four years after the singer’s death, Robson sued the Jackson estate for what his attorneys described as molestation that spanned a seven-year period.

A court ruled in 2015 that Robson had filed his lawsuit too late to get any of Jackson’s estate. That left two remaining defendants, both corporate entities owned by Jackson in his lifetime: MJJ Productions, Inc., and MJJ Ventures, Inc.

The judge ruled Tuesday that those two corporate defendants could not be held responsible for Robson’s exposure to Jackson, the way a school or the Boy Scouts can be found liable for bringing together an abusive adult and a child victim.

Finaldi said the reasoning sets a dangerous precedent.

“What the judge is saying is that you if own a corporation or a company, you can hire people, use these people to facilitate your sexual abuse, use them to facilitate victims,” Finaldi told The Associated Press by phone. “So long as you’re the sole owner of that corporation, the corporation can’t be held liable.”

Jackson estate attorney Howard Weitzman said in a statement that he “believes the court made the correct decision in dismissing Wade Robson’s claim against it. “In my opinion Mr. Robson’s allegations, made 20 plus years after they supposedly occurred and years after Mr. Robson testified twice under oath — including in front of a jury — that Michael Jackson had never done anything wrong to him was always about the money rather than a search for the truth.”

Finaldi replied that the Jackson camp’s interest in the truth was “hollow.”

“If someone’s trying to search for the truth, why not let the lawsuit proceed?” Finaldi said. “Why not exonerate him and let a jury decide.”

During the criminal trial, Robson bristled at testimony by other witnesses that they had seen Jackson molest him.

“I’m telling you nothing happened,” Robson testified at the time when a prosecutor challenged him.

Another Robson attorney said when his lawsuit was filed that stress and sexual trauma led Robson to finally accept that he had been molested by Jackson.

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15 thoughts on “Michael Jackson Sex Abuse Suit Is Dismissed

  1. Everyone keeps trying to say letting a child sleep in a grown man’s bed…BUT what they leave out is THE GROWN MAN WAS NOT IN THE BED WITH THE CHILD. PERIOD POINT BLANK! So stop with the MJ abusing kids nonsense. People always twist the truth to make it sound worse.

  2. Josephine Thomas on said:

    Wow, wish MJ was alive to hear this because I felt that those guys parents were out for blood (money) by letting their child spend the night at J’s establishment

    • If Michael was alive, this fool would not have done this and would still be smiling in Michael’s face. When people die, some people will show their true colors at liars and cheaters when money is wanted.

  3. If someone’s trying to search for the truth, why not let the lawsuit proceed?” Finaldi said. “Why not exonerate him and let a jury decide—— This show how corrupt this lawyer is. The judge threw this out on MJ in 2015. Wade was caught in LIES. He defended MJ TWICE IN COURT OF LAW WITH A JURY. MJ had a trial in which even the 1993 case came into the trial and was proven to be lies finally (Michael should not have settled that case which he did not want to but Johnny Cochran told him to do so. TWO grand jury threw the 1993 out in 1994). There is no need to take this to a jury. This guy ALREADY did so and there is plenty of evidence to show Wade is a liar. No need in wasting more money on this clown.

    • During the criminal trial, Robson bristled at testimony by other witnesses that they had seen Jackson molest him.—- And with this, the witness UNDER OATH ADMITTED she saw nothing (the maid) and under cross examine she had to admit she saw no such thing. She told TABLOIDS the show HARD COPY that about Wade and was PAID $33,000 to say she saw MJ do something; but it court, the TRUTH was reveal she was LIED on MJ to the tabloids to make $$$.

  4. I was at Mr. Jackson trial as many already know. This guy testified and he ALWAYS defended Jackson from the time he was young, in his 20’s, and 30’s and even AFTER death and performed with Janet on the MTV tribute to MJ and wrote a book with Jermaine talking about how great Michael was in 2012. When he heard about all of the money the Estate was making, Wade came up with this nonsense even claiming he can not dance no more (now he is dancing again when the Judge throw this out against MJ in 2015). I know this guy and his tricks. he was full of it and the judge show it.

  5. Tim Green on said:

    He needs to blame his parents for allowing him to go sleep at some grown mans house in his bed, funny how thats overlooked … smfh, common sense

    • Tim, when they stayed with Michael, the parents were there (PROVEN IN COURT in 2005). MJ slept on the floor while they slept in his bed-Remember MJ come from a family where the bed was shared or given up when guess come over. Bad idea nowadays due to sick minds we as people have and what people have turned it into). These people wanted money. Wade even tried to get the guy from 1993 and guess what, the guy blew him off. The guy for 1993 tells people it did not happen but I think he needs to say in publicly. He did not want to come to 2005 trial and wanted to sue to DA (yes, he know he could be held for PERJURY if he lied on the stand). Michael was set up in 1993 and in 2005 (Chris Tucker told MJ to leave this people alone. THEy FORCES themselves on MJ because MJ can not say NO to people).

  6. Isn’t it funny how this issue is being put to bed now that the Gloved One is deceased?! All a witch hunt from the jump. RIP M.J.

    • Exactly. If you know all the detail and followed this case and to see MJ in court, it was heartbreaking. It was clear it was a set up and I still say all of this help contribute to MJ’s death.

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