Michael Jackson leaves the Santa Barbara County Courthouse after being found not guilty on all ten counts of child molestation in Santa Maria, California in this June 13, 2005 file photo. Fans, museums and some members of Michael Jackson’s family will mark Friday’s one-year anniversary of the singer’s death on June 25, 2010, with special exhibitions, literature and flash mob dances from Manila to Manhattan. REUTERS/Gene Blevins/Files (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT OBITUARY) – RTR2FLYL
A molestation case against Michael Jackson was fired on Tuesday in Los Angeles in the courtroom.
Wade Robson, a 35-year-old choreographer, who has worked with Britney Spears and ‘N Sync, claimed the pop star molested him when he was little, in the course of seven years.
Judge L. Mitchell Beckloff said the holding companies, MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures, Jackson’s estate is not liable, but the merit of Robson’s claims are not settled.
Robson’s lawyer, Vince Finaldi, told the Associated Press he plans to appeal the decision of the judge.
“What the judge says, is that you, as the owner of a company or a company, you can hire people, use these people to facilitate your sexual abuse, use them to facilitate the victims,” said Finaldi. “So you are the sole owner of that company, the organization can not be held liable.”
Robson even testified in Jackson’s 2005 criminal case the defense of the singer, because he slept in Jackson’s room at Neverland Ranch more than 20 times, but was never harassed, according to the New York Post. The Australian native claimed he met Jackson when he was five years old.
In the revised 2013 complaint, Robson alleged Jackson holding companies had the purpose “… to operate as a child sexual abuse operation specially designed for finding, attracting, luring and enticing of sexual abuse victims”, reported People Magazine.
Jackson died at age 50 in 2009.