By Aaron Miller-
James Safechuck says he was instructed by Jackson’s lawyers to say “no”, in order to give them nothing to go with .
Safechuck, 36,(pictured) whose disturbing account of sexual abuse in the hands of late Michael Jackson has done considerable damage to the name of the world’s best ever known pop icon, talks about the efforts of Jackson to get him to defend him in a 2003 court case, for which he was eventually acquitted. Part 1, which was shown in the Uk on Wednesday night has convinced many brits who watched the programme, that Jackson was a predator who abused children.
A doubting element which may never disappear is why his accusers who are now adults did not come out in the same force as they have when Michael Jackson was still alive. Safechuck persuasively states in part two that he was terrified of speaking out against Jackson, a fear he alluded to in part 1. Yet, as persuaded as many captivated by the accounts of the two men, it could theoretically be all rubbish. The latter possibility could occur if an ulterior motive so strong exists that would lead to the men being coached as adults to fabricate every detail that appears to have come across naturally.
Safechuck makes reference to charges brought against Jackson in 2003. Jackson asked Safechuck to testify for him again, but Safechuck said that he “didn’t want to be involved”. Safechuck then alleges that Jackson threatened him over his refusal to testify, saying he had the best lawyers in the world. Jackson asked him to testify again, but Safechuck still refused. James Safechuck said this is the last time he and Jackson spoke.
In part 1 of the documentary that has gripped everyone’s attention, Wade Robson and James Safechuck accused Jackson of sexually abusing them over several years when they were children. The four-hour documentary “Leaving Neverland,” aired by Channel 4 in the Uk on Wednesday revealed intimate details of sexual abuse allegedly committed by Michael Jackson. In the documentary, Wade Robson claims he was subjected to abuse on a nightly basis during his time at the Neverland Ranch.
He said Jackson always warned him that they would both spend the rest of their lives in jail if the abuse was ever discovered. Safechuck gave many details of a building sexual relationship he says took many forms, including holding hands and scratching each others palms as a sign of their love, to french kissing, and oral sex, which he said became a part of their experience together.
Jackson’s family have condemned the film and denied the allegations, branding Jackson’s accusers “admitted liars.” The family also made reference to a thorough investigation which included a surprise raid of Neverland and other properties. They also referred to a trial by jury in which Michael was found innocent of child abuse allegations.
One of those trials was in 1993 when a 13-year-old accused Jackson of sexually molesting him repeatedly over a five-month period. The boy testified under oath that Jackson bathed with him, shared a bed with him, gave him gifts and fondled him. Jackson reportedly paid an estimated $25 million to settle a civil suit with the young teenager . Then a decade later, in 2003, Jackson was charged with seven counts of child molestation for allegations from a cancer-stricken boy invited to the star’s home. The boy said he was 13 when Jackson served him alcohol and fondled him.
Jackson vehemently denied the charges and was acquitted of the charges, but the recent documentary aired has returned to haunt his memory. The musician’s estate is suing HBO, which co-produced the documentary. Robson claims to have suffered depression as a result of the abuse, and the fact he felt the need to keep it quiet for so many years.