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Australian Wade Robson gets ally in Michael Jackson abuse suit

AAP logoAAP 20/09/2016 Peter Mitchell

Michael Jackson died in 2009 aged 50. © AP Photo/Joel Ryan Michael Jackson died in 2009 aged 50. Australian choreographer Wade Robson's US sexual abuse lawsuit against late pop star Michael Jackson's production companies has been bolstered by a second alleged victim.

Robson's Los Angeles legal team announced on Tuesday it was also representing James Safechuck, who alleges Jackson molested him in a Paris hotel room at the start of the singer's Bad tour in 1988 when he was 10 years old.

Safechuck, now 36, starred in a Pepsi commercial with Jackson and claims he was abused by Jackson until he reached puberty.

"This case exhibits the same disturbing fact patterns as the case involving Wade Robson, who is also a client of our firm," Safechuck's lawyer, Vince Finaldi, said.

"MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures ensnared Mr Safechuck in this sexual abuse operation at the tender age of 10, causing him long-term damage that haunts him until this day."

Jackson died in 2009 aged 50.

Wade Robson pictured in 2008. © Sipa Press/Rex Shutterstock/Rex Images Wade Robson pictured in 2008. Robson, 34, has filed a civil lawsuit against Jackson's business entities, MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures, and claims Jackson's inner circle "designed, developed and operated what is likely the most sophisticated public child sexual abuse procurement and facilitation organisation the world has known".

"MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures were held out to the public to be businesses dedicated to creating and distributing multimedia entertainment by Michael Jackson, however, in fact, they actually served dual purposes," Mr Finaldi wrote in Mr Robson's complaint.

Brisbane-born Robson said he was five years old when he first met Jackson after winning a dance competition run by MJJ Productions in Australia.

Jackson allegedly invited Robson and his family to stay at his Neverland Ranch in California although Robson slept in Jackson's bed while his family were in separate guest quarters.

Robson became one of the world's best-known dance choreographers, working with Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and other artists, but he claims it was only in recent years that he came to understand the abuse Jackson inflicted on him.

Robson had been one of Jackson's greatest supporters, testifying at the entertainer's 2005 criminal trial in Santa Barbara that the singer never sexually abused him.

Robson's evidence was key to Jackson being acquitted.

Lawyers for Jackson's estate have labelled Robson's delayed allegations as "outrageous and pathetic".

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