James Safechuck — who spent much of his childhood as Michael Jackson’s “constant companion” — has allegedly claimed the King of Pop compromised his childhood through years of sexual abuse.
In a sworn statement — obtained exclusively by ‘Radar Online’ — he claims he was the victim of sexual abuse between 1988 and 1992.
The statement reads, “I have finally come to know and appreciate now, after a little over a year of intensive therapy and psychiatric treatment, that this relationship was a predatory and wholly improper one, and one whereby the decedent [Jackson] used my trust and love of him as a means to victimize and sexually molest me.”
James with Liza Minnelli and Michael in 1998. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
James, who is now 36, first met MJ when he was working with him on the set of a Pepsi commercial in 1987. He was 10-years-old.
The legal statement describes the way he was allegedly intimidated by the music icon and his team to keep quiet about what went on between Michael and the young man.
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“He continually brainwashed and drilled into me that what he was doing to me was ‘love’ and that I should deny that anything he had done to me ever happened,” he claims. “His constant drilling made me believe it was alright and I was scared and intimidated from ever telling anyone about it, doing anything about it or even understanding that it was something wrong.”
He goes on to say that Michael was so effective in convincing him that, “I never knew that what he did to me was sexual abuse. I continued into adulthood not understanding that what he did and what we did together was wrong.”
Michael appearing in court in 2005. The appearance stemmed from the 1993 child molestation accusations. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
While he claims Michael never threatened with physical violence, he says the Grammy winner “told me over and over again that my life would be finished if anyone found out about what we have done.”
James and Michael in 1988. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
James claims the abuse caused him to suffer from panic attacks while in college. By 2006, he says his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was “in full force” and caused him to slip into a “severe depression” — and he still suffers today.
“I try to look like I ‘have it together,’ but I struggle on a daily basis with panic, depression and anxiety,” he says. “Until I began therapy, I didn’t realize how ‘sick’ it was that [Jackson] had done all things he did to me as a child.”
It wasn’t until he learned that another alleged victim, Wade Robson, filed a lawsuit that he decided to seek professional help. From there, he was able to take action in the courts.