Wade Robson Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against Micheal Jackson’s Estate Gets Dismissed
Dancer Wade Robson has lost his years-long court battle against the estate of Micheal Jackson. In 2013, Robson sued the estate alleging that the late king of pop sexually abused him as a minor. These claims were showcased in HBO’s 2019 documentary Leaving Neverland.
On Monday, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Mark A. Young dismissed the lawsuit. MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures were also found not financially liable to Robson, as the companies had no legal duty to Jackson.
Robson’s lawyer, Vince Finaldi, stated they would appeal the ruling “to the Court of Appeal and to the Supreme Court if necessary.”
“If allowed to stand, the decision would set a dangerous precedent that would leave thousands of children working in the entertainment industry vulnerable to sexual abuse by persons in places of power. The children of our state deserve protection and we will not stop fighting until we insure that every child is safe,” he added.
In a statement from the estate’s lawyer, Jonathan Steinsapir, described “the last eight years” Robson has pursued the “frivolous claims in different lawsuits against Michael Jackson’s estate and companies associated with it. Robson has taken nearly three dozen depositions and inspected and presented hundreds of thousands of documents trying to prove his claims, yet a Judge has once again ruled that Robson’s claims have no merit whatsoever, that no trial is necessary and that his latest case is dismissed.”
The estate also has a separate lawsuit against HBO for their role in producing and distributing the Finding Neverland documentary. In December, the suit was ordered to arbitration.