“Leaving Neverland” subjects Wade Robson and James Safechuck will indeed sue two of Michael Jackson’s companies.
Robson and Safechuck sued MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures, in 2013 and 2014, respectively. They argued that the companies played a role in the abuse they allegedly experienced.
Both lawsuits were rejected because child sexual assault allegations against third parties must be filed by the victims’ 26th birthday, according to California state law. On Jan. 1, those laws were changed and claims can now be filed up until the victims’ 40th birthday.
On Friday, a California appeals court revived their claims. Howard Weitzman, the attorney for Jackson’s estate, told The Hollywood Reporter that the lawsuits are specifically against Jackson’s companies and not Jackson’s estate.
“We are confident that both lawsuits will be dismissed and that Michael Jackson will be vindicated once again,” Weitzman said.
Meanwhile, Robson and Safechuck’s lawyer Vince Finaldi said, “It’s really interesting how [Weitzman] can comment on the facts of whether the abuse happened or not when he wasn’t there… We’re going to prove him wrong in court.”