The Neverland housekeeper who graphically described seeing Wade Robson
naked in a shower with Michael Jackson
... will play a huge role in whether Robson wins a cent from MJ's Estate in his new civil lawsuit, TMZ has learned.
Sources close to the case tell us Wade's lawyers are dissecting Blanca Francia
's testimony during Jackson's 2005 molestation trial.
During the trial, Francia -- who worked at Neverland in the late '80s -- testified she witnessed Jackson showering naked with a 7 or 8-year-old Wade.
We obtained a transcript of the testimony in which Francia describes seeing Michael's underwear on the floor outside the shower, as well as Wade's child-sized neon green underwear.
She said she couldn't see what Michael was doing exactly because the shower door was fogged up, but said she heard him laughing.
Ultimately, Francia's testimony wasn't enough to sway the jury -- MJ was acquitted -- partly because Wade himself also testified, but insisted Michael never touched him.
TMZ broke the story ... Wade is planning to argue
that MJ's companies -- MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures -- had a duty to protect him because they were involved in recruiting him from Australia to work with Michael.
According to sources, Wade wants to use Blanca's testimony to show Michael abused him as a child. We're told Wade's lawyers are also trying to contact her to see if she will cooperate in the new case.
now insists Michael Jackson
molested him, although lots of people think he's lying through his teeth. So we gotta ask ...
The Wisconsin racetrack where Dick Trickle
forged his legacy -- winning TONS of races en route to becoming a NASCAR star -- is honoring the driver with a special pre-race ceremony when stock car season kicks off later this month, TMZ has learned.
It's all happening at the Wisconsin International Raceway
in Kaukauna, WI (just south of Green Bay) -- where Trickle won so many races during his pre-NASCAR career, track officials named a building in Turn 2 the "Dick Trickle Pavilion."
We've learned ... officials at the W.I.R. have greenlit plans to commemorate their local hero with a memorial lap in Dick's honor on May 30 ... with the pace car carrying a black flag.
A rep for the company says Trickle was "a true champion, good friend and will be missed by all."
As we previously reported
, officials say Dick died Thursday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in North Carolina.
' estranged wife would've SCOFFED at a $6k credit card bill when she was happily married to a rich guy ... but now, she's RUNNING from it, this according a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ.
We've learned ... Capital One
has slapped Pilar Sanders
with a big, fat lawsuit in Texas for allegedly failing to make payments on a $6,160.25 bill ... an amount she used to consider chump change.
We've been reporting for months ... Pilar and Deion are at WAR -- and Prime Time even kicked her out of his Texas mansion. Pilar has lawyered up and wants a cut of the NFL legend's fortune, estimated at more than $250 million.
But for now Capital One just wants its $6k ... and according to court docs, the bank says it reached out to Pilar in January, 2013, demanding she cough up the cash ... but she never paid.
Now, C.O. is suing for the full amount plus court costs.
What's in your wallet?
With the news that Kim Kardashian
and Kanye West
plan to hit the road with their new spawn for Yeezy's upcoming tour, check out which stars weren't afraid to rock out at a live show with their adorable offspring.
"The Partridge Family
" star David Cassidy
is learning the hard way ... it's never a good idea to stiff your lawyers, no matter how dreamy you are (allegedly) ... because they'll sue your bell-bottom pants off.
David -- aka the Justin Bieber
of his day -- is being sued by Rodier & Rodier law firm, which claims David racked up $134,221.50 worth of legal bills from 2006 to 2011 ... but never fully paid them off.
In fact, the lawyers say the former teen idol has only coughed up $25,000 to date -- and now they're asking the court to force David to fork over the remaining $109,221.50 ... plus interest.
A rep for David tells TMZ ... "There seems to have been a misunderstanding between them which I believe will be amicably resolved."
We're guessing with a check.
(Captain Kirk) and Zachary Quinto
(Mr. Spock) had a stardate at the premiere of "Star Trek Into Darkness
" in Hollywood this week.
So we gotta ask ...
's latest surfin' safari was a TOTAL DISASTER ... all because greedy jet skiers have overrun and RUINED the Tahitian spot he made famous ... the surfing icon tells TMZ.
"They are so much more concerned with catching the next wave than with other surfers," the 49-year-old big-wave pioneer said. "The chaos of the jet skis' movement has a circus-like aspect. Some behaviors were borderline clownish."
Laird recalls several near-collisions at his famed spot off of Teahupo'o
this week ... even a few wipeouts caused by wave-grubbing jet skiers thrusting themselves in front of boarders.
"I watched a few surfers go down hard," he said.
He's also taking issue with the number of wave-riders taking crazy risks just to capture video ...
"They're all wearing a bunch of cameras, taking off on waves they have NO chance of making," Laird told us. "They drop in just so they can have a photo of themselves ... 'Wow, look at me!'"
For the uninitiated ... back in 2000, Laird became a major name in surfing after dropping into a dangerous monster wave at the Teahupo'o break ... forever cementing it as a go-to spot for big-wave surfers.
The irony -- he was only able to do it by being towed in ... by a jet ski.
As you relax next to your inflatable plastic pool and sip on a wine cooler, guess whose lovely limbs are soaking up the sun in style!
and O.J. Simpson
both gained a ton of weight in prison -- but one looks like The Rock ... and the other looks like the Pillsbury Doughboy.
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It's official ... Justin Bieber
and Selena Gomez
are officially a pair once again!!!!!!!!! At least in their seats at the Billboard Music Awards this weekend.
Photos of the seating arrangements have surfaced on the Internet -- and you can plainly see, Justin and Selena will be seated next to each other at the award show on Sunday.
And for anyone thinking it's an accident -- celebs can easily request to sit apart from people if they really want to ... so it's obvious, neither Justin nor Selena had a problem being so close to one another.
Justin and Selena split last year, but ever since then they've been on-and-off-again more than Lindsay Lohan's movie career -- so this could finally be a sign they're back together.
OR IS IT???
surfaced in Hawaii with his wife and son on Friday ... sportin' an Aloha shirt and some flip flops following his "Michael Jackson molested me as a kid" media blitz.
We broke the story ... Wade recently sold his Santa Monica condo and skipped town to live with his wife and kid in her hometown on the island.
Wade shouldn't get too comfortable though ... he's gonna have to fly back to L.A. at some point to follow up on his claim against the Michael Jackson Estate.
In the meantime, it's 80 degrees in Hawaii right now ... with a slight chance of awesome.
" star Ariel Winter
is throwing DISS after DISS at her birth mom ... making it clear, she wants NOTHING to do with her biological life-giver ever again.
As you know, 15-year-old Ariel has been at war with Chrystal Workman
for the past year -- and even got a judge to strip her mother of custody in 2012 after claiming she was subjected to emotional abuse.
Now, Ariel is pouring salt in the wound -- by making public statements in which she makes it clear, her mother is dead to her ... and her older sister Shanelle
has filled the emotional void.
When asked about her family yesterday, Winter told People.com
, "My sister is the most amazing woman I've ever met in my life. If I could be half the woman she is ... she's kind of who I want to be like."
Did you catch the thinly veiled dig at her mom? If not, check out what she Instagrammed
on Mother's Day:
"Happy Mother's Day to my amazing mister, Shanelle Gray. I know everyone is going to ask what a mister is, so I'll explain. It means mom/sister to me."
She continued, "She's my best friend ... She's also the most incredible mother. I am so blessed and lucky to have her."
Translation -- Ariel's over Chrystal ... and from what we're told, she has good reason. How's THAT for a modern family?