Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark A. Young has tentatively dismissed the case brought by Wade Robson against Michael Jacksons Estate and companies, the final ruling will be decided after the 26th of April. The Judge will consider upcoming in person arguments, and can change his tentative ruling if he feels a compelling argument is made. Robson claims that he was sexually abused by Michael Jackson as a child, despite testifying for Jacksons defense in his 2005 trial where he withstood extensive cross-examination and continuing to defend Jackson even after his death in 2009.
Last October, James Safechucks case was dismissed, both men claim that Jackson's companies MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures were responsible for their alleged childhood sexual abuse because they had control over Jackson and did not exert it. However, the defendants argued that the corporations had no ability to control the behavior of Michael Jackson.
The Judges tentative ruling in part reads:
"There is no evidence supporting Plaintiff’s contention that Defendants exercised control over Jackson.The evidence further demonstrates that Defendants had no legal ability to control Jackson, because Jackson had complete and total ownership of the corporate defendants. Without control, there is no special relationship or duty that exists between Defendants and Plaintiff. In addition, there is no evidence of misfeasance by Defendants.Thus, Plaintiff’s negligence claims fail and Defendants are entitled to summary adjudication on the second through fifth causes of action."
The full ruling can be found
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