It's been quite a while since Michael Jackson's sudden passing, and things have started to quiet down. People have started to walk, not run, to their nearest music store for his greatest hits, and still others have paid their tributes and respectably moved on with their lives.
Then there are those like James Safechuck, 36, who claim the singer superstar sexually abused him as a child
Safechuck appeared alongside Jackson in a Pepsi commercial at the age of 10. He had visited Jackson's home on multiple, and sometimes chaperoned, occasions, and several cross-country trips courtesy of the singer. But all this went south when he accompanied the "Black and White" singer on his "Bad" tour.
The tour had stopped in Paris, and the group stayed at the Hotel de Crillon. Safechuck submitted papers which claim Jackson traded jewelry with the 10-year-old for sexual favors. He even claims Jackson taught him code words so they could discuss their activities without other people being aware of them.
Of course, Jackson's estate refuses to give credence to these charges. They submitted a formal statement to E! News refuting these charges.
"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. 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."
Safechuck goes on to describe how, when he was the "first to stay at Jackson's Neverland Ranch," the singer had chimes installed outside of his bedroom and a secret closet installed within it. The chimes, Safechuck says, were to warn him if someone was coming, while the secret closet was where he conducted most of their illicite activities.
In his papers, Safechuck states the abuse took place over four years in multiple locations.
"...hundreds of times – on tour, at Plaintiff's home, at DECEDENT's apartment/condominium … at DECEDENT's … Condominium … and at Neverland."
In 1993, after Jackson cut ties with Safechuck and had been put on trial for child abuse, Safechuck testified against him. At the time of the Jordan Chandler childhood sexual abuse trial, Jackson brushed off the accusations of his past conduct, saying they "were a complete extortion on the part of the Chandler family."
In a later trial, when Safechuck was 25, Jackson attempted to contact him for help. He wanted Safechuck to testify for
him. When Safechuck refused, Jackson "got angry and threatened him."
Well, would you
testify for a man whose actions toward you gave you reoccurring panic attacks at the age of 17?
Safechuck decided to start seeing a psychiatrist to help deal with his past trauma after he discovered Wade Robson, whom he had met in 1993, had filed a lawsuit against Jackson for child abuse and trauma.
Michael Jackson was acquitted on every charge of child molestation (there were 10 total) in 2005. Safechuck's case is set to get a hearing in early September.
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