A ruling on a long-running lawsuit initiated by one of Michael Jackson’s alleged victims has been handed down today to a bizarre response from fans.
Michael Jackson fans have sent the hashtag “MJinnocent” trending today after a judge dismissed a long-running lawsuit against the late singer’s production companies.
A judge ruled on Monday that MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures had no legal obligation to protect boys from sexual abuse, the result of a lawsuit filed by Wade Robson in 2013 alleging Jackson’s estate had facilitated horrific abuse against him and others.
Robson’s lawyer has also expressed his intention to appeal this week’s decision.
“If allowed to stand, the decision would set a dangerous precedent that would leave thousands of children working in the entertainment industry vulnerable to sexual abuse by persons in places of power,” lawyer Vince Finaldi said in a statement, Variety reports.
“The children of our state deserve protection, and we will not stop fighting until we (ensure) that every child is safe.”
Responding to the judge’s ruling, a number of Jackson’s diehard fans as well as his nephew Taj Jackson, who is not a direct beneficiary of his estate, took to Twitter in support of the accused paedophile, sending the hashtag “#MJinnocent” trending.
We’ve been ridiculed, vilified and marginalized. Yet we still stood strong and never wavered. We withstood all peer and public pressure, because we knew the truth. Armed with passion and the facts, we never backed down. All for MJ.
I’m so proud of us. 🙌🏾
In response, HBO has suggested Jackson’s estate is seeking to stifle child sex abuse claims.
Michael Jackson’s estate sent The Hollywood Reporter a statement in response to the latest twist in the claims today: “Wade Robson has spent the last eight 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.”