The sexual abuse civil lawsuit against the estate of the late Michael Jackson, filed by Wade Robson, is advancing towards trial.
Robson, featured in the HBO docuseries “Leaving Neverland,” alleges that Jackson molested him at the age of seven at the Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara. The lawsuit claims the abuse took place while Robson’s sister was sleeping nearby.
In a significant development, the California Court of Appeals overturned a previous decision that had dismissed Robson’s lawsuits against Jackson’s companies, MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures. Following this reversal, a trial conference has been scheduled for February 28, 2024, where the trial date for Robson’s case will be determined.
Court documents reveal that Robson alleges the abuse began at Jackson’s home and continued for seven years. Jackson purportedly stressed secrecy, warning Robson that their careers would be over if the abuse was discovered. The relationship reportedly persisted even after Robson returned to Australia, with frequent communications between them, including Jackson encouraging Robson to call him “Dad.”
It was only in 2012 that Robson recognized the systematic nature of the abuse, leading to multiple nervous breakdowns and severe mental health issues. His case is among several others where Jackson has been accused of sexual abuse.
Legal Proceedings and Estate’s Response
The estate of Michael Jackson had intended to appeal the decision to the California Supreme Court. With the trial conference scheduled, it appears the case is proceeding to trial. Judge Mark A. Young will oversee the conference and set a trial date.
As the trial date approaches, the allegations against Michael Jackson are once again gaining attention. Given Jackson’s status as the “King of Pop,” the case’s prominence makes it a closely watched legal battle. The upcoming trial will be pivotal in addressing these grave accusations against Jackson posthumously.