New accuser says Michael Jackson trained him to lie about abuse

Thu May 16, 2013 4:17pm EDT

U.S. pop star Michael Jackson gestures during a news conference at the O2 Arena in London March 5, 2009. Jackson said he will hold a series of final concerts in Britain later in the year. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

U.S. pop star Michael Jackson gestures during a news conference at the O2 Arena in London March 5, 2009. Jackson said he will hold a series of final concerts in Britain later in the year.

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(Reuters) - A close friend of Michael Jackson who had testified in defense of the late pop king at his child sex abuse trial said on Thursday that the singer had intimidated and brainwashed him into lying about years of sexual activity with him.

"It was complete manipulation (by Jackson) and brainwashing," choreographer Wade Robson told NBC's "Today" show. "He would role play and train me for these (court) scenarios."

Robson, 30, filed a creditor's claim under seal against Jackson's estate earlier this month alleging he had been sexually abused by the singer from age 7 to 14.

He made his claim against the singer's estate nearly four years after Jackson's sudden death in June 2009 from a lethal dose of surgical anesthetic propofol.

Robson, an Australian native, was a child dance prodigy and developed a friendship with Jackson, appearing in some of the singer's music videos in the early 1990s and sleeping over at Jackson's Neverland Ranch home in Southern California.

"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," Robson said. "And he would follow that up with, 'But if you ever tell anyone what we're doing, both of our lives and careers will be over.'"

Jackson was tried and acquitted in 2005 on molestation charges involving another minor. Robson testified at that trial in defense of the singer and also defended him during a 1993 criminal investigation into child sex abuse allegations.

The attorney for Jackson's estate said 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," Jackson attorney Howard Weitzman said.

Robson, who has worked as a choreographer for pop singer Britney Spears, said the birth of his son two years ago triggered abuse-related nervous breakdowns and spurred him to speak out.

"For the first time in my life, I began to realize that my completely numb and unexplored feelings in relationship to what Michael did to me might be a problem," he said.

Jackson's estate is in the process of settling dozens of claims from creditors and others who had dealings with him during his long career.

An unrelated wrongful death suit, brought by Jackson's family against concert promoter AEG Live, is in its third week of trial in Los Angeles.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey, Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Philip Barbara)

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Comments (8)
Joo1 wrote:
Wade, shut up. Jackson Estate must not have given in to your damands now you want to do the “go around the media” now. It is so clear you are doing this for some other reason even trying to use key words like “pedophile” to push your agenda. YOU defended MIchael Jackson as long as I can remember even at his mememorial. No one with brain will buy this mess. You also testify for Jackson now We are suppose to believe he abused you? (rolling eyes). Wade, shut up and move on. Is AEG paying you to do this Wade?

May 16, 2013 4:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
berylstmichel wrote:
He was lying then, or he is lying now – which is it? Now that Michael’s dead he can’t defend himself. Follow the money…

May 16, 2013 4:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
How convenient of him to accuse Jackson after his estate denied him the dream job he thought he was entitled to, to direct the ONE show in Las Vegas. How convenient he wants to start the healing process after becoming broke , after he lost his source of income and that’s of his wife due to him failing to pass drug tests on Britney Spears Tour. Wants to get revenge at his rival Jamie King who was chosen over him to direct all the big shows , lately the ONE . Pathetic , manipulator and liar . How can you even use such serious matter to extort money , shame on you , shame on you . I feel for all the real victims of child abuse , who wants protection not monetary gains

May 16, 2013 5:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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