Who is James Safechuck?
Dan Reed’s “Missing” video and what it says about Safechuck’s credibility
In his insatiable quest to use anything salacious for attention, Dan Reed has tossed out in interviews the wacky theory that Michael Jackson once made a sex tape.
He has so much confidence in this irresponsible claim that he never put it in his film, and he conveniently tells interviewers that it was taped over or destroyed, while offering no more proof than it is something that Safechuck told him.
As Reed told Rolling Stone, “James mentioned to me at one point, ‘You know, Michael had a video camera and he recorded a sexual act.’ But he didn’t go into detail. And then Jackson was like, ‘Oh, what did I do?’ and taped over it.” This is from a director who admits he intentionally didn’t fact check his film or do interviews beyond his two sources.
What sharp-eyed fans have noted is that the story Safechuck told Reed mirrors a myth told by the thoroughly discredited author Victor Gutierrez, who was ordered by a judge in 1998 to pay Michael $2.7 million after he alleged that he seen a 27-minute videotape of Michael Jackson having sex with a minor. Other similarities with Gutierrez tales have been noted as well.
But now that the dead can’t sue, Reed and Safechuck can make these same false claims that Michael held irresponsible accusers accountable for in life.
- James Safechuck tried to get money from Michael’s estate but failed when a judge dismissed his claim in 2017.
- James Safechuck testified under oath that Michael did nothing inappropriate.
- James Safechuck stated in a declaration that Wade Robson’s lawsuit somehow made him realize he may have been molested.
- Courts dismissed James Safechuck’s case that he filed against Jackson’s estate years after Jacksons’s death in 2009.