Who would’ve guessed that one of the world’s most popular dance prodigies would have such skeletons in the closet?
Wade Robson, who performed with the likes of Michael Jackson, N’Sync, and Britney Spears has come forward with claims that he suffered seven years of molestation by Michael Jackson. The 30-year-old dancer and choreographer spoke to The Today Show’s Matt Lauer telling him unequivocably that Jackson, who died in 2009, was a “pedophile and sexual abuser”.
Upon breaking his silence, Wade also said that the late King of Pop performed sexual acts on him and forced him to perform sexual acts when he was between the ages of 7 and 14.
Our question is, why didn’t Wade Robson say something earlier? Wade says it was because Michael Jackson convinced him that their careers would be over and that both of them would go to jail for the rest of their lives. “This is not a case of repressed memory. I have never forgotten 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.
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Meanwhile, Jackson’s estate responded to Robson’s sit-down with Lauer with a statement:
Mr. Robson’s claim is outrageous and pathetic. 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.
This is, of course, not the first time that Michael Jackson is facing such accusations. The King of Pop famously faced several similar suits during his lifetime, all of which were either settled out of court or dismissed.
Wade Robson has had trouble making progress in his creditor’s claim against the Jackson estate because the presiding judge was skeptical about how long it took him to file his complaint. He claims the abuse stopped 16 years ago, when he was 14. He also insists that he didn’t receive any money from Jackson at the time to hold his silence, but is seeking damages now in a pair of lawsuits.