'Michael Jackson sexually abused me'

2013-05-17 08:15

Los Angeles - An Australian choreographer alleged on 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 "peadophile 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.

'Collapsed under the stress'

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 seven 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 over'," 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.

'He would role play with me'

"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.

Comments

  • Leaproach TheKeeper - 2013-05-17 08:44

    Not called WACO JACKO for nothing hey! I wonder how many more young children were molested.

  • Malebogo Morakanele - 2013-05-17 08:56

    Why now ?

      Tim Green - 2013-05-17 15:03

      Doesnt change the fact that he lied in court under oath, a very serious offence that can send you behind bars for a few years. "From seven 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 over'," he said. Who in their right mind is stupid enough to believe this at age 7? He didnt question it at all with his parents? A 7 year old isnt that clueless!

      Bongile Langa - 2013-05-19 11:22

      Ja, WHY NOW???????

  • nanga - 2013-05-17 09:06

    lier...!

  • Christina De Carvalho - 2013-05-17 09:12

    Really Wade!! Are you for real? If you had NOT lied, then maybe "justice would have been served". The Wade Robson show is over...and now you want money and publicity. How dare you offend the dead! Too late to cry wolf!

  • Thato Tee Da Prince - 2013-05-17 09:25

    Skems, some people just need to be famous with ghost stories. Why didnt that pop out while MJ was still alive?

  • Benjamin Ndambi - 2013-05-17 09:39

    Oh yeah Michael Jackson sexually abused me too 15 years ago!

  • Riana Morgan - 2013-05-17 10:28

    REALLY?? Come on now Mr Wade Robson.. No money coming your way. Let the man rest in peace...

  • Rishaal Sewpaul - 2013-05-17 10:32

    looking for fame.

  • Jake Muso - 2013-05-17 11:16

    It's too late to come and cry now sir. It makes you look like a complete and utter liar. I really believe that there is something to all these claims over the years over Michael sexually abusing minors, I mean he had a theme park in his front yard and admitted that children slept over at his house (not weird at all duh) but to come out now and start contradicting yourself after getting this guy off for molestation is absurd. I know it's hard to move on if something like that really did happen but unfortunately you had your chance to make MJ pay and you didn't and nothing can explain away why you would continually lie until the day he is gone and creditors start claiming from his estate and only then you decide to speak up. Take this as a loss and move on and if it really happened put MJ behind you and start working on repairing your life instead of lengthy court battles and publicity which will prolong the situation.

      Jake Muso - 2013-05-17 16:28

      I realize this post is full of puns but none are intended wink wink cough cough. But it is a very serious issue this.

  • Chelly Mane - 2013-05-17 12:27

    haha, you make me laugh!

  • Israel Shabbat - 2013-05-17 12:57

    Michael led a very unhealthy life and he paid a hefty price for his misadventure. He really needed guidance in his life since he was a teenager. Instead he had a family who regarded him as a dancing wallet, and now they'll try anything to cash in on his death. Read about this shameful exploitation by Joe Jackson and a French crook Julian Rouas from Julian Rouas Paris, lately renamed JRP Collection Paris, a line of stinky tribute perfumes... Http://jacksontributefragrances.blogspot.com

  • Israel Shabbat - 2013-05-17 12:58

    Michael led a very unhealthy life and he paid a hefty price for his misadventure. He really needed guidance in his life since he was a teenager. Instead he had a family who regarded him as a dancing wallet, and now they'll try anything to cash in on his death. Read about this shameful exploitation by Joe Jackson and a French crook Julian Rouas from Julian Rouas Paris, lately renamed JRP Collection Paris, a line of stinky tribute perfumes... Http://jacksontributefragrances.blogspot.com

  • Marcus Kittel - 2013-05-17 13:13

    Another sad attampt to extort money, this time from a dead man! Let's not forget that the two previous "claims" were all about money as well, a fact that was proved in court; beyond a reasonable doubt in my opinion. There is no "Jimmy Saville moment" here as the truth is these accusers have nothing but a financial aim. No point in changing a story now when the man is not alive to defend himself and after Wade publically (and under oath) testifid that nothing ever happened! The quest for fame in the US knows no bounds. Great timing also, right at the start of the wrongful death case in which his estate stands to get millions if proved! ... Let the man rest in peace and make your own money ... Same can be said for MJ's family also!

  • Brandon Conroy - 2013-05-17 13:27

    The other day my girlfriend said she thinks I'm a paedophile. I said that's a big word for an eight year old!

  • Dominique Deligiannidis - 2013-05-17 14:35

    Cry me a river!!

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