Choreographer Wade Robson has filed a claim against Michael Jackson’s estate, saying the singer did molest him as a boy after 20 years of denials and defending the superstar according to a May 9 report on omg!
Robson, who appeared in three of Jackson’s music videos as a child, was a regular guest at the singer’s home. At 22, Robson testified in the 2005 molestation trial that Jackson had never abused him sexually.
Four years after the King of Pop’s death, Robson claims that Jackson did indeed molest him as child during the years they worked together.
Robson’s lawyer contends his client repressed the memories and only recovered them following a nervous breakdown.
“Last year, on a career trajectory that was off the charts, he [Wade] collapsed under the stress and sexual trauma of what had happened to him … as a child,” Henry Gradstein, his lawyer, said. The lawyer also stated that Jackson threatened the then 10-year-old Robson, saying “our lives will be ruined forever” if anyone finds out what we’ve done. Gradstein also said “He lived with the brain washing by a sexual predator until the burden of it all crushed him.”
The Jackson camp is staunchly rejecting the claim, calling it a case of opportunism. Their lawyer said:
“This is a young man who has testified at least twice under oath over the past 20 years and said in numerous interviews that Michael Jackson never did anything inappropriate to him or with him. Now, nearly four years after Michael has passed, this sad and less than credible claim has been made. We are confident that the court will see this for what it is.”
What do you think? Is this a case of Robson thinking he deserves a piece of the Michael Jackson fortune? Or did he actually suffer abuse and only recently remember it?
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