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Michael Jackson estate hit with new sex abuse claims

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Michael Jackson is long gone, but the lawsuits continue. Find out the latest allegations against his estate.

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Michael Jackson has been gone for close to five years, but the lawsuits regarding sexual abuse keep coming. The latest allegation is being reported by The Daily Beast.

According to the website, James Safechuck, who starred in a Pepsi ad with the King of Pop in 1987, has officially added his name to an existing complaint filed by choreographer, Wade Robson, in May 2013. Despite denying abuse claims for years, Safechuck now states that he was molested by the "Thriller" singer from the age of 10.

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What makes the whole civil suit more complex is the fact that Robson testified in Jackson's defense back in 2005 when he was on trial for child molestation. Jackson was eventually found not guilty. The dancer is now 31 years old and is seeking money from the estate of the music legend.

A Safechuck source told The Daily Beast, "It's the same type of sex abuse claim as Wade's, only with a different set of facts… and dates."

The insider also claims that Safechuck came to the pedophilia conclusion once he had his own family. They said, "Once you start having children and you see what it's all about… your perspective on life changes."

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Back in the 1980s, Safechuck was a child star who was cast in the Jackson Pepsi ad to promote the singer's Bad tour. The young boy became a constant companion of the pop star over the next few years. His name was mentioned as a possible sexual abuse victim during the 2005 trial, but he always denied the allegations.

As former Santa Barbara prosecutor, Ron Zonen, from the 2005 trial told The Daily Beast, "I don't think we're done yet. All these people, these suspected victims, are now in their early 30s, all young adults and they are coming to grips with what happened to them."

This story may take a long time to be resolved.

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