Five years after his death, Michael Jackson‘s legacy is dealing with more allegations of sexual abuse.
James Safechuck, 36, filed legal documents against the Jackson’s estate on Aug. 4 claiming he was abused by the singer during the filming of a Pepsi commercial in the Eighties.
According to the documents, Safechuck was 10 years old and felt lured by Jackson into a false sense of security and normalcy. “[Jackson] was successful in his efforts to the point that [Safechuck] endured repeated acts of sexual abuse of a heinous nature and was brainwashed by the decedent into believing they were acts of love and instigated by James himself rather than the decedent,” his lawyers filed.
“After the first incident, [Safechuck] regularly began sleeping in [Jackson’s] bed in his hotel room during the rest of the Bad tour in 1988.” The documents continue, saying he was molested almost 100 times over the course of four years. He claims the molestation stopped when he hit puberty.
The attorney for Jackson’s estate is asking the claims to be dismissed.
“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.”
He continued, “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.”
A hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 4.
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