Michael Jackson has been dead since 2009, but his alleged sexual misconduct is still the subject of legal action eight years later. On Tuesday, one such court case was closed, as one of Jackson’s alleged victims did not win his lawsuit.
Wade Robson Alleges Years of Sexual Abuse
In 2013, choreographer Wade Robson sued MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures over what Robson claimed was years of sexual abuse at the hands of Jackson. Robson had previously been used as a defense witness in Jackson’s 2005 trial. He would later recant and claim that Jackson had abused him from the ages of 7 to 14.
Blanca Francia, a former housekeeper of Jackson’s, had testified to witnessing Jackson showering with Robson when Robson was 8 or 9 years old at the 2005 trial, and was brought back for Robson’s lawsuit. As for what changed between 2005 and 2013, Robson claims that he was coached for the 2005 trial.
The Lawsuit Blames Jackson’s Companies
Although Jackson had died in 2009, Robson felt there were still grounds for a lawsuit and filed such a claim against MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures in 2013. In the opinion of Robson and his lawyers, because MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures had control of Jackson’s creative and personal affairs, the companies not only knew that Jackson was abusing children but also helped facilitate the abuse by helping him procure victims.
After years of working its way through the court system, the judge finally handed down a verdict Tuesday and dismissed the case. The judge decided that neither company was liable for any alleged crime that Jackson may have committed, as Jackson was the sole shareholder and master of those companies during that time period. Essentially, the only one in control of Michael Jackson was Michael Jackson.
The judge also noted that Robson had taken his time, filing the complaint well after what was the normal statute of limitations in California (victims of child abuse have until their 26th birthday to file a complaint; Robson was 30 at the time of the filing). Robson’s lawyers argued that there was an exception due to the companies allegedly knowing about Jackson’s conduct.
This news sets a precedent that may protect the two MJJ companies from future lawsuits.