Michael Jackson has been a suspected pedophile for years. Whether or not he really was one has recently come into question again as a fifth man has come forward accusing Jackson of abuse. Sources for the Daily Mail report that James Safechuck claims Jackson molested him after the two did a Pepsi commercial in the 80’s. It apparently occurred for several years from the time James was 10-years-old to about 14-15-years-old.
This is a surprise, because Safechuck previously stayed quiet when Jackson was put on trial in 2005. At that time, Neverland Ranch staff said that they suspected him to be a victim. One maid said she saw the two in bed naked from the waist up on separate occasions.
Safechuck, a southern California computer programmer, is now married with two children of his own. After undergoing intense therapy, he is coming forward with charges against Jackson. He was 10-years-old when he starred in a commercial with the singer. He played the part of a young boy who sneaks into the singer’s dressing room and meets his idol. The child actor joins 31-year-old Wade Robson, a former choreographer from Australia who was also allegedly sexually abused by Jackson. They are both being represented by Gradstein & Marzano.
A source told Daily Mail that Safechuck’s perspective changed after having children. He blames some of his current issues on his relationship with Jackson. The two were seen together for years after the commercial as Jackson befriended the boy. In 1988 Safechuck followed Jackson around the world, going to concerts in Paris, London and Los Angeles. They attended a Pepsi conference in Hawaii and saw the premier of Phantom of The Opera on Broadway with Liza Minelli.
So, was Michael Jackson really a pedophile? It appears so as workers at the Neverland Ranch said that Safechuck was a regular guest, and one manager said he saw Jackson with his hands down the boy’s pants in the jacuzzi manipulating his genitalia. However, because James never admitted to the abuse, those allegations would not be included in the trial.
Also, there are accusations from La Toya in an interview with Geraldo Riviera that she and her mother came across a million dollar check made out to a boy whose father was in waste management. James’ father was, and still is, employed in waste management.
Mr. Weitzman, Michael Jackson’s attorney, calls this a money grab, plain and simple. Robson refused to accuse the singer of abuse in 2005 and testified on his behalf. Apparently though, after intense therapy, he has come forward claiming that the abuse caused him two nervous breakdowns, and he is now unable to work.
It appears that based on this evidence, it is quite possible that Michael Jackson really was a pedophile and that these two boys were a victim to it until late in their adulthood. If it was truly therapy that saved them from keeping this a secret, than its likely not a money grab, but rather closure for the two men. Hopefully this case will allow them to put the abuse behind them for good.
Opinion by Nicole Drawc