On Monday, a judge dismissed a complaint filed by a man who said Michael Jackson sexually assaulted him as a child.
Judge Mark A. Young of the Los Angeles County Superior Court granted the Jackson estate's motion to dismiss Wade Robson's lawsuit filed in 2013.
The judge ruled that the two Jackson film companies included have no moral obligation to defend Robson against Jackson. The judge wrote - "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."
Robson's lawsuit was initially rejected by Judge Mitchell Beckloff in December 2017, after he determined that it was brought after the statute of limitations had expired. An appeals court reinstated it in early 2020 after California passed a bill increasing the age limit for filing sexual harassment charges against third parties from 26 to 40 years old.