Dancer says Jackson sexually abused him as child


This image released by NBC shows co-host Matt Lauer speaking with choreographer Wade Robson during an interview Thursday, May 16, 2013, on the “Today” show in New York. Robson, who testified that Michael Jackson never abused him as a child, has now filed a claim against the singer’s estate claiming years of abuse by the pop superstar. AP PHOTO/NBC, PETER KRAMER

LOS ANGELES—An Australian choreographer alleged Thursday that Michael Jackson sexually abused him for seven years as a child, a claim the late singer’s estate described as “outrageous and sad.”

Wade Robson—who testified at Jackson’s infamous 2005 molestation trial that the star never touched him—told a TV interviewer that the self-styled King of Pop was a “pedophile and a child sexual abuser.”

“He sexually abused me from 7 years old until 14 .. . He performed sexual acts on me and forced me to perform sexual acts on him,” the 30-year-old former dancer told NBC’s the Today show.

The allegations surfaced last week, when it was reported that Robson had filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles on May 1 claiming “childhood sexual abuse” by Jackson, who died in 2009 aged 50.

The legal documents were sealed, shielding details of the allegations, although Robson’s lawyer Henry Gradstein issued a statement saying: “Michael Jackson was a monster and in their hearts every normal person knows it.”

The ex-dancer had a breakdown last year, according to the attorney. “He collapsed under the stress and sexual trauma of what had happened to him for seven years as a child,” he said.

On Thursday Robson took to morning television to explain to the Today show’s Matt Lauer why he was coming out with allegations which directly contradict his under-oath testimony at the 2005 trial.

“This is not a case of repressed memory… I never forgot one moment of what Michael did to me. But I was psychologically and emotionally completely unable and unwilling to understand that it was sexual abuse,” he said.

“From 7 years old, from day one of the abuse, Michael told me that we loved each other and that this was love, that this was an expression of our love. And then he’d follow that up with, you know, ‘But if you ever tell anyone what we’re doing, both of our lives and our careers will be,’” he said.

He alleged that Jackson trained him with role-playing on the phone before his 2005 court testimony, in what he said amounted to “brainwashing”—but denied being paid to say the things he said.

“There was no money, there was no ‘You must lie.’ Michael, when he would talk to me before these things were going on and he would call me every day as these things were happening, it was complete manipulation and brainwashing.

“It wasn’t any sense of the truth on the phone. He would role play with me and train me for these scenarios.”

Howard Weitzman, lawyer for Michael Jackson’s estate, noted in a statement that Robson “has adamantly denied under oath and in numerous interviews over the past 20 years that Michael Jackson ever did anything inappropriate to him.

“He now wants us to believe that he committed perjury at least twice and has been lying to anyone and everyone about Mr. Jackson since the early ’90s so he can file a claim for money.

“Mr. Robson’s transparent lawsuit comes nearly four years after Michael passed. His claim is outrageous and sad,” he said.

Jackson, dogged for years by child molestation charges, was acquitted after the high-profile trial in 2005. But his career never recovered, and he died four years ago while rehearsing for a doomed comeback tour.

The singer’s mother, Katherine, is currently suing AEG Live, the promoters of his would-be tour, for negligently hiring doctor Conrad Murray, convicted over the star’s death from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol.

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  • tarikan

    MJ was not a normal person by any means therefore it wouldn’t be outrageous to suggest that he was a pedophile. There are men of the cloth who are pedophile how much more for a showbiz personality and a weird one at that to be not one? Those who can’t accept that notion are the immediate family members, their lawyers (lawyers’ stand depends on what their roles are), some crazy fans, and more insane fans.

  • 1voxPopuli

    Libelous! MJ is dead and he cannot defend himself. It could be true or not but the problem is its a one-sided bashing of the guy. This guys is just asking for attention.

  • Platypus09

    He took an oath to tell nothing but the truth on the first trial.

    Then he changed his story?

    Is he out of his mind?

    There is something wrong with his story, no credibility whatsoever.

  • kilabot

    wasn’t it obvious.
    mj was a pervert,
    and millions worship him;
    the great pervert has
    in his ward the famous, the rich and the powerful;
    and those who worship them;
    that’s the majority of the people of the world.

  • david

    this guy must be charged with giving false testimony. dapat makulong. ano iisipin ng tao now, gusto nyang makakuha ng pera sa estate ni jackson. kahit may katotohanan man ang sinasabi nya, liar pa rin sya. pera pera pera

  • david

    issue here is not about mj anymore. issue is some people will use even a dead person to get moolah


    Why would he gave a wrong testimony when he’s taking the risk of getting sue back??? Just my 2 cents!!!

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