The Estate of Michael Jackson is hammering Wade Robson in their response to his appeal of the sexual abuse dismissal, and explaining why the choreographer will be a loser in appeals court, just like he lost the first time around.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, Michael Jackson’s estate says the bottom line of fighting Robson’s claims is that “Michael Jackson is dead, and that Robson missed the probate claims filing deadlines by several years,” adding, “you cannot sue a dead man.”
As for as the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” The Estate also points out that MJ cannot defend himself and sue Robson for his accusations, and Robson is “free to press his accusations against Jackson in the court of public opinion — as he has done so loudly and repeatedly — without fear of being sued for defamation.”
Back in 2017, the judge in Robson’s case against MJ’s companies ruled that the two Jackson-owned corporations, which were the remaining defendants in then-35-year-old Robson’s case for abuse, were not liable for Robson’s exposure to Jackson.
MJ Estate attorneys Howard Weitzman and Jonathan Steinsapir reaffirm that, “Although Robson’s allegations that the Corporations knew or had reason to know of abuse is not challenged for purposes of this appeal, the Corporations note that not a single former employee who Robson cites as claiming to have believed Jackson was acting inappropriately ever went to the police.”
They also point out that the employees were paid thousands in dollars by tabloids, after their time with Jackson’s companies ended, and claim producers pressured them to fabricate stories of abuse.
Estate attorneys argue Robson missed the cutoff to file against any of MJ’s companies, and strongly believe he does not meet the criteria for an exception. Finally, they get personal with Robson and claim that his own mother thought the King of Pop was “innocent” when she was testified in front of a grand jury back in 1994.
Finally, the Estate explains that Michael Jackson controlled the corporations, “not the other way around,” and believe the corporations can therefore not be held responsible for anything.
They want the court’s ruling that dismissed Wade’s case to be reaffirmed.