A man who starred alongside Michael Jackson in a 1987 Pepsi commercial is now claiming the pop star sexually abused him for four years.
James Safechuck, 36, requested to file a late claim on Aug. 4 against the singer's estate alleging he was molested nearly 100 times after appearing alongside Michael in the ad when he was 10-years-old.
The claim comes more than five years after the Grammy winner's death from acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication.
James' attorneys state that "[Michael] engaged in a calculated course of conduct to lure both [James] and his parents into a false sense of security and normalcy that was far from reality."
The court documents continue that "[Michael] was successful in his efforts to the point that [James] endured repeated acts of sexual abuse of a heinous nature and was brainwashed by the decedent into believing they were acts of love and instigated by James himself rather than the decedent."
An attorney for the Jackson estate has since responded to the court filing. "Mr. Safechuck's request to file a late claim against the Jackson Estate so he can recover money from Michael's beneficiary will hopefully be rejected," Howard Weitzman said in a statement to E! News.
"This is a person that made his claim five years after Michael died, more than 20 years after the incidents supposedly happened and has given sworn testimony that Michael never did anything inappropriate to him."
A hearing for James' petition is reportedly scheduled for Sept. 4. Watch the Pepsi commercial the pair starred in below:
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