Michael Jackson's secret retreat in Ireland
by Roger Friedman
I’m told the Michael Jackson estate is preparing for battle with HBO in their arbitration case over the documentary, “Leaving Neverland.”
They’ve added to their legal team Thomas Mesereau, the superstar defense lawyer who brilliantly convinced a jury to acquit Jackson in his 2005 child molestation and conspiracy trial. The other members of the team are Bryan Freedman and Jonathan Steinsapir.
Adding Mesereau is a sensational idea because he put Wade Robson, one of the main subjects of the Dan Reed film, on the stand as a defense witness to support Jackson in the 2005 trial. If Robson testifies in the arbitration, which seems likely, he would be facing Mesereau in a much different way this time.
Both Robson and James Safechuck have seen lawsuits filed against the Estate dismissed by the court in the last year. Their credibility has been severely damaged by many contradictions in their recollection of alleged sexual abuse. Both men were steadfast supporters of Jackson during his trial and after his 2009 death, but suddenly remembered abuse in 2013.
On the stand in 2005, Robson, his mother, and sister all testified on Jackson’s behalf.
They stayed at Neverland during the trial. Robson even asked Jackson to be married at the Neverland Ranch, where he later said abuse took place. He also dated Jackson’s niece for some time.
At the heart of the Jackson estate’s suit against HBO is an agreement between the cabler and Jackson dating back to 1992 in which HBO promised never to besmirch the singer. It was part of a deal for a concert film. HBO tried to get away with breaking the agreement but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Jackson estate.
The court said: “The contract contained a broad arbitration clause that covers claims that HBO disparaged Jackson in violation of ongoing confidentiality obligations. We may only identify whether the parties agreed to arbitrate such claims; it is for the arbitrator to decide whether those claims are meritorious.”
The arbitrators are being chosen now, and the actual process should begin within the next month, I’m told.
“Leaving Neverland,” the documentary in which two men accused Michael Jackson of child molestation, has been repudiated in court.
The Los Angeles Superior Court this morning ruled against Wade Robson in CASE NO. BC508502 in claims against corporations owned by Michael Jackson and/or the Estate of Michael Jackson and dismissed his case again. The Michael Jackson Estate is represented by the late Howard Weitzman and Jonathan Steinsapir of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump LLP. Statement from Mr. Steinsapir:
“As of today, a summary judgment AGAINST Wade Robson has been granted three different times by two different judges of the Superior Court.
“Wade Robson has spent the last 8 years pursuing frivolous claims in different lawsuits against Michael Jackson’s estate and companies associated with it. Robson has taken nearly three dozen depositions and inspected and presented hundreds of thousands of documents trying to prove his claims, yet a Judge has once again ruled that Robson’s claims have no merit whatsoever, that no trial is necessary and that his latest case is dismissed,” said Jonathan Steinsapir, attorney for the Estate of Michael Jackson.
Previously, the case brought by James Safechuck against the Jackson estate was thrown out.
Robson and Safechuck not only sued Jackson but participated in the HBO documentary directed by Dan Reed in which they alleged molestation years after Jackson died. Oprah Winfrey bought their story hook, line, and sinker, and conducted interviews with them allowing the men to allege accusations without any solid evidence. Now the court has ruled against them.
.. joa ..war auch mein erster Gedanke ... die Jungs sind richtig gut .. und der Song im 70er-Vibe und Ohrwurm Potential ... gefällt!
..ahja.. zum Leadsänger:
Kopf des Quartetts ist Luke Spiller. Aufgewachsen ist er in Südwestengland.
Schon als Kind war er begeistert von Bühnenpersönlichkeiten wie Michael Jackson,
Case Against Michael Jackson Brought by Wade Robson Tentatively Dismissed by Judge, Basis of “Leaving Neverland” Documentary
EXCLUSIVE Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark A. Young has tentatively dismissed the last of the cases brought by choreographer Wade Robson against the Estate of Michael Jackson. A final ruling will come after a hearing on April 26th.
Robson’s cases against Jackson, his Estate and companies were based on an out of left field claim that he’d been sexually harassed and abused by Jackson when he was a child. But Robson had testified in Jackson’s defense in his 2005 child molestation trial and continued to sing his praises after he died. It was only in 2013 when Robson had been rejected by the Estate to do work on Jackson projects that he made the claims. The claims then became the basis of the documentary “Leaving Neverland.”
Robson was joined in his lawsuit by James Safechuck, who also made the sexual molestation claims, appeared in the documentary, and so on. His case was dismissed last year.
Keep refreshing as I add some points from the case. But as you read through the judge’s decision, you’ll see the words “no triable issue.” The case has been essentially tossed.
The judge’s tentative ruling is here as follows.
"Gedenkstein" für Michael enthüllt (gruseliges Design).
oh jaaa .. ..wenn ich mich nur an diesen eingravierten "Michael-Impersinator" darauf erinnere.. das musste erst mal hinkriegen
...Kryokonservierung .. tiefgefroren in die Zukunft ...
^ Danke dir Nik ... für den wunderbaren post ... love it!
UND ES WAR GROSSARTIG!
.. DAS WAR ES! Remember the time! Ich denke auch sehr gerne an diese z.T. recht turbulenten und atemlosen Zeiten zurück..
Jetzt bin ich fast 28
.. ne oder? Das Küken ist erwachsen ... da merk ich mal wieder , wie die Zeit vergeht
Ich hoffe wir sehen uns im offiziellen Subreddit von JacksonVillage
... du glaubst ja nicht .. dass du uns so schnell los wirst .. oder?
... wenn man am Morgen hier reinkommt und dann SOWAS lesen darf ... einfach nur
..danke dafür Kristina... lass es dir gut gehn
Michael Jackson Estate attorney Howard Weitzman has died. Condolences to the Weitzman family. J.
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