Wade Robson Speaks Out on Michael Jackson Molestation Allegations [VIDEO]
Last night (May 15), TMZ nabbed some of the first page of Robson's civil suit, and their spies report that Robson is suing an individual and two corporations: Jackson's record label, MJJ Productions (a Sony subsidiary), which hired a then-11-year-old Robson, and MJJ Ventures, Jackson's video production studios.
The individuals and corporations against whom Robson is filing are accused of aiding Robson's exit from his home in Australia to work for Jackson, thus making them culpable in his alleged molestation. (TMZ explained it as similar to the relationship between priests who touch kids and lawsuits against the greater Catholic Church.)
It looks like Robson's suit against Jackson's estate was filed too late for a probate judge to entertain, but his civil suit against the corporations will likely go to court. And when it does? In an awkward airport paparazzi video, Robson said he's ready to speak out. It's implied that he's also ready to cash out.
Robson indeed spoke out this morning (May 16) on 'TODAY,' where he told Matt Lauer that Jackson "performed sexual acts on me and forced me to perform sexual acts on him."
As for why he didn't bring his molestation allegations forward sooner, Robson denies earlier reports explaining the delay. "This is not a case of repressed memory," Robson clarified. "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."
Robson said Jackson called him "every day" during the 1993 child molestation trials in which he testified. He claims Jackson and he would "role play," with MJ "training" him on how to respond, saying if he didn't answer properly or if he confessed, "both of us would go to jail for the rest of our lives."
The choreographer also insisted he wouldn't be silenced with cash from the Jackson estate. "I've lived in silence and denial for 22 years and I can't spend another moment in that," he fumed. "I'm never going to go away with this for the sake of money. I'm never going to be silenced for money. That's not going to happen."
His emotions about the late legend are still mixed to this day. "Heartbreak, pain, anger and compassion," he said when asked what he thinks of the 'Thriller' singer. "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."
The attorney for Jackson's estate, Howard Weitzman, doesn't buy it, and has called Robson's claims "outrageous and pathetic."
Regardless, Robson maintains that he's not doing this for selfish reasons. In a separate statement to 'TODAY,' he urged victims of child molestation and sexual abuse to speak out.
"There are millions of survivors of child sexual abuse out there who are suffering in silence and/or denial, as was I. If my coming forward and speaking my truth can help even one victim gain the courage to speak their truth and begin the healing process, that would be more than I could ever ask.
"I want to say to those victims that under no circumstances was it or is it ever your decision or your fault that you were sexually abused. Please find a way to safely speak your truth because the healing process cannot begin until you do. It is not easy in the slightest but it is absolutely possible to heal and get your life back."