According to UK mirror, lawyers have claimed that Michael Jackson paid out £134million to keep as many as 20 alleged sex abuse victims and their parents silent,.
Two accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck are in court to prove that Michael Jackson was a serial child molester.
However, the purported victims must first overcome a major hurdle — both their legal claims were filed more than a year after the King of Pop’s 2009 death, which is not in line with the statutory deadline.
Wade Robson was a choreographer to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake while James Safechuck once appeared with Micheal Jackson in a Pepsi commercial. They both filed respective claims in 2013 and 2014 against Jackson’s estate for unspecified amounts in punitive damages.The court has scheduled a hearing for tomorrow Tuesday to decide whether they may proceed with the case.
If they’re successful, Robson, 32, and Safechuck, 36, would have an advantage over previous cases. They would be able to introduce a wealth of evidence excluded from criminal proceedings — including, for the first time, how much Jackson paid alleged victims and their families.
Their Lawyers claim that Jackson forked out nearly £134million to as many as 20 victims.
According to fox news, Safechuck first met the pop star in 1987 when he was 8 years old. He will testify that Jackson repeatedly molested him a year later during a tour and signed off on a check for more than $1 million to Safechuck’s father.
Safechuck’s lawyer alleges in court filings that Jackson held a secret wedding ceremony, with the young boy as his bride and gave him a marriage certificate and wedding band as keepsakes.
“Jackson was successful in his efforts to the point that my client endured repeated acts of sexual abuse of a heinous nature and was brainwashed . . . into believing they were acts of love and instigated by James himself,” Safechuck’s lawyer says in filings.
Safechuck’s lawyer also alleged that Jackson molested Safechuck more than 100 times.