Five years after his death, Michel Jackson has been charged with new child sex abuse counts, as two fresh cases have separately emerged.
As Independent reports, 36-year-old James Safechuck filed charges earlier this week, alleging that he endured abuse when he appeared in a Pepsi commercial with Jackson back in the '80s. He was 10 at the time.
Official court documents read that Jackson had "engaged in a calculated course of conduct to lure both [Safechuck] and his parents into a false sense of security and normalcy that was far from reality," adding that he "was successful in his efforts to the point that [Safechuck] endured repeated acts of sexual abuse of a heinous nature and was brainwashed by the decedent into believing they were acts of love and instigated by James himself rather than the decedent."
The documents describe how Safechuck "regularly began sleeping in [Jackson's] bed in his hotel room during the rest of the 'Bad' tour in 1988," claim that Safechuck "was molested nearly 100 times over the course of four years until he hit puberty."
The singer's estate was quick to issue a response, saying, "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."
As for the second case, Australian choreographer Wade Robson filed a $1.62 billion lawsuit against the Jackson Estate, also during this week, claiming that Michael abused him when he was a child.
Robson detailed his abuse in great detail in a 111-page document, sharing a series of disturbing bits regarding the late singer. The choreographer claims that the abuse took place at the Neverland Ranch between 1990 and 1997, when he was between the ages of 7 and 14. Once again, the estate asked the Los Angeles court to reject the molestation and rape claims because the victim waited too long to report them.
Oddly enough, both Robson and Safechuck have testified in Jackson's defense during the 2005 sexual abuse trial, telling the court that Michael never abused them, which even helped the vocalist earn an acquittal.