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Wade Robson: Michael Jackson Was a "Pedophile" Who Sexually Abused Me - Do you believe him?

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Wade Robson: Michael Jackson Was a "Pedophile" Who Sexually Abused Me

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Wade Robson has just blown the lid off of Michael Jackson's legacy.

The famed choreographer—who testified eight years ago in Jackson's defense during his 2005 trial on child-molestation charges—is changing his tune, alleging that he was, in fact, abused by the late pop icon and has filed a suit against the Jackson estate.

The 30-year-old dancer sat down with Matt Lauer on Today this morning, where he defended his allegations and lawsuit against his former mentor, claiming Jackson, who died in 2009, was a "pedophile" who sexually abused him from ages 7 to 14.  

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The So You Think You Can Dance regular said he never came forward with his claims because he "was scared psychologically and emotionally completely unable and unwilling to understand that it was sexual abuse."

"This is not a case of repressed memory," he insisted. "I never forgot one moment of what Michael did to me."

After Lauer pressed Robson for details concerning the specific nature of the abuse, Wade clarified: "He performed sexual acts on me and I performed sexual acts on him." 

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Robson, who served as the defense team's star witness back in 2005, recalls Jackson's first criminal investigation in 1993 (he was 11 years old at the time). He claims the "Smooth Criminal" singer would call him "every day" and "role-play," convincing him that if anyone knew what they had done together, "both of us would go to jail."

The father of one, who said his son served as the catalyst to share his story, also insists there was never any monetary compensation for defending Jackson, telling Lauer, "It was complete manipulation and brainwashing. He would role-play and train me for these scenarios."

He said he finally had to face his troubling past after suffering from two nervous breakdowns, and when Lauer read statements from both Jermaine Jackson and the lawyer from Jackson's estate, Robson says their claims that he's lying could not be further from the truth. 

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"The idea that I would make all of this up and put my wife, my son, my entire family through this extremely stressful and painful experience all for the sake of money? That's completely incomprehensible," he said. "I've lived in silence and denial for 22 years...In order to fully heal, I have to speak the truth and I have to speak the whole truth." 

And even today, he admits he has mixed feelings about his alleged abuser and late mentor: "There is no excuse for what he did to me, but he was a troubled man...The image that one presents to the world is not the whole explanation of who someone is. Michael Jackson was yes, an incredibly talented artist with an incredible gift. He was many things. And he was also a pedophile and a child sexual abuser."

by on May. 16, 2013 at 2:06 PM
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Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on May. 16, 2013 at 2:52 PM
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I have mixed thoughts about this. In many ways, MJ seems to have had the pedophile personality, seemingly able to better relate with children than adults. I also think this is really sad for his children to have all of this resurface again.

I also understand that a survivor would want to come out and finally get some closure over this. You just never know.

T-HoneyLuv
by on May. 16, 2013 at 2:56 PM
I call bullshit. That man is seeing dollar signs.
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SuperChicken
by on May. 16, 2013 at 3:13 PM

I believe him.

rfurlongg
by on May. 16, 2013 at 3:47 PM
I do as well. I do not believe he should get any $ from the estate though.

Quoting SuperChicken:

I believe him.

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kansasmom1978
by Bronze Member on May. 16, 2013 at 3:49 PM
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I believe that Michael Jackson was  predator and should have been thrown in jail. I would not be surprised if he abused his own children.

SuperChicken
by on May. 16, 2013 at 3:51 PM

I'd have to see what he's asking for, before I could decide how I feel about the lawsuit.    He could be asking for money to be donated or for a fund to be set up or something else.  The article is very vague.     But at this point, a lawsuit is really all he can do, you know? 

Quoting rfurlongg:

I do as well. I do not believe he should get any $ from the estate though.

Quoting SuperChicken:

I believe him.


 

Bethsunshine
by Bronze Member on May. 16, 2013 at 3:51 PM

No. He had plenty of time to come forward.

rfurlongg
by on May. 16, 2013 at 3:55 PM
That is a good point. If the $ requested is specified in use for the betterment of a group or community (and not for personal gain) I can stand behind him.

Quoting SuperChicken:

I'd have to see what he's asking for, before I could decide how I feel about the lawsuit.    He could be asking for money to be donated or for a fund to be set up or something else.  The article is very vague.     But at this point, a lawsuit is really all he can do, you know? 


Quoting rfurlongg:

I do as well. I do not believe he should get any $ from the estate though.


Quoting SuperChicken:


I believe him.




 

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DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on May. 16, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Yes I do. 

daughteroftruth
by on May. 16, 2013 at 4:02 PM

I really don't know if I believe him or not.  

Him asking for money from Jackson's estate is what throws me off.  Why?  Jackson is dead, and if he just wanted the truth to be known, why go after what is now someone else estate?  

Idk.. it just doesn't add up in my head. 

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