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Wade Robson

'Michael Jackson Was a Monster'

And Sexual Abuser

5/8/2013 12:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0507-wade-robson-tmz-michael-jacksonThe lawyer for famed choreographer Wade Robson tells TMZ, Michael Jackson was a "monster" who sexually abused Wade for seven years as a child ... and threatened him if he ever went public.

Robson's lawyer, Henry Gradstein, tells TMZ, "Last year, on a career trajectory that was off the charts, he [Wade] collapsed under the stress and sexual trauma of what had happened to him for seven years as a child."

Robson spent many weekends with Jackson at Neverland Ranch and his other homes in L.A. and Vegas between ages 7 and 14.

Gradstein goes on ... "He [Wade] lived with the brain washing by a sexual predator until the burden of it all crushed him."

Gradstein says Michael would tell Wade, "If anyone ever finds out about what we did we will go to jail for the rest of our lives" and “our lives will be ruined forever.”  

Gradstein tells us the threats worked, and Wade kept his mouth shut, adding, "This kind of intimidation of a child by a sexual predator is tragically characteristic and effective, keeping them quiet about the abuse - often for a lifetime."

Wade was steadfast for years that MJ did NOT molest him and indeed became Jackson's star witness at his 2005 molestation trial, adamantly denying any untoward conduct.

The lawyer says, "Michael Jackson was a monster and in their hearts every normal person knows it."

TMZ broke the story ... 30-year-old Robson has filed a creditor's claim against MJ's estate alleging the singer molested him as a child and asking for damages. Sources tell us ... Wade is claiming the reason he didn't file the claim on time is because he repressed the memories of the abuse.

Gradstein says they have not asked for any specific amount of money in their legal docs, although that's clearly the point of filing a creditor's claim.  He then trashes what he calls "the Jackson money machine" which he says is "at it once again to keep the truth from coming out."  But he says, "This time it won't work."

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136.

Sandy    

I was sexually abused and not for a moment do I believe Michael Jackson abused kids. Weird maybe... he was raised weird .. he was a kid at times in his mind, but molest kids, no way. He had millions of kids in his life and only one or two at the most three say something? most molesters molest hundreds... except for his looks perhaps, Michael could not scare anyone into shutting up, he had nothing cruel about him. I am not into his music, not even into him, but I don't believe for a moment he molested kids. People don't understand his need to love kids the way he did, or the need for these kids to feel special. Michael understood as he had been neglected that way in his childhood. All the millions of kids that Michael's life touched and no one really comes forth without facts and proof... > these two or three people, all they wanted and still want is MONEY. That is what these losers are looking for > a payout for nothing.

477 days ago
137.

Pegasus    

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FILE - In this April 27, 2011 file photo, Katherine Jackson poses for a portrait in Calabasas, Calif. An expert told jurors Tuesday May 7, 2013 that Michael Jackson's doctor was not qualified to treat the singer for insomnia or drug addiction. Jackson's mother is suing AEG Live LLC claiming it failed to properly investigate Jackson's doctor before allowing him to work on the singer's planned 2009 comeback concerts. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File).

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A dancer who worked with Michael Jackson throughout his career testified on Wednesday that she told the director of Jackson's ill-fated concert tour that she was worried about the singer's health.

Witness Alif Sankey told a jury deciding a lawsuit that the pop star appeared thin and unprepared in 2009 for the rigors of his planned comeback concerts known as "This Is It."

The singer showed up at one rehearsal with shoes that had holes in the soles, missed rehearsals and appeared much thinner than earlier in his career, Sankey testified.

Sankey showed jurors an email she wrote to tour director Kenny Ortega in early June 2009, urging him to try to improve Jackson's health and spirits. She never got a direct reply but testified that Ortega raised the concerns with concert promoter AEG Live.

"Please help me help you to get him back into that Magical Light, please let me help you help him find what was lost, his GRAIL," Sankey wrote to Ortega, who she had worked closely with for a number of years.

Testimony showed Ortega copied Sankey on several email messages that he sent to AEG executives about Jackson's condition and the need for him to receive physical therapy and better nutrition.

"He requires more attention and management," Ortega wrote in one email. "I truly believe he needs nourishment guidance and physical therapy (massage) for his fatigued muscles and injuries. He is not in great physical shape. I believe he's hurting."

Sankey met Jackson while working on his 1987 video for "Smooth Criminal" and was an associate producer and planned to dance onstage during "This Is It."

She was testifying at the trial of a negligent hiring lawsuit filed by Jackson's mother against AEG Live LLC. Katherine Jackson claims AEG failed to properly investigate the doctor who was caring for her son and later administered a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol to the singer in June 2009.

The promoter has denied wrongdoing and its attorneys have said the singer hid his addiction to propofol. Jackson's former physician, Conrad Murray, was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter.

Plaintiff's attorney Brian Panish asked Sankey about one message in which AEG executive Paul Gongaware told Ortega that he planned to talk to Murray.

"We want to remind him that it is AEG, not MJ who is paying his salary," the message said. "We want him to understand what is expected of him."

Sankey said she based some of her impressions of Jackson over the years on how he felt when they hugged.

"When I hugged him, he just felt like marble," Sankey said about Jackson early in his career. "But when I hugged, when I saw him briefly in 2006, he didn't feel like that anymore. He felt thin."

On cross-examination, Sankey acknowledged that her impressions were formed from brief interactions with the singer and she never had a long conversation with him.

She was, however, trusted enough to be around Jackson's children, whose privacy he fiercely protected.

Sankey testified that Paris Jackson once shared a secret, saying she didn't want her father to find out about candy stuffed inside her purse.

There were also several tiny pictures inside her purse — all of her father.

477 days ago
138.

Mike    

I love how the brains of enablers work. When he testified that Jackson didn't molest him he was a big truth teller. But now that he's come out with his story he's a pathological liar. He was a victimized child. When I see someone stick up for Jackson I see a person who approves of child molesters and probably is a child molester.

477 days ago
139.

ladyday61    

he had his chance when michael was alive. he deserves nothing now. if he lied under oath, he can lie now while michael is dea.

477 days ago
140.

Jay    

complete bull. I bet He's broke looking for a payout. You dont magically recall "repressed memories"

477 days ago
141.

Cry Baby    

well, well, well, all the sudden, those polite old fashion nice lady supporters of MJ resort to vulgar languages in their comments??? Why??? Because they become desperate???!!!
disappointed????
hurt???


Well the legacy is crumpling!!!!

477 days ago
142.

MiMi    

Dementia has come at a early age for W.R.His false claims are sick&pathetic http://t.co/x7BvUuYw6v M.J was NOT a phetophile.Please let him R.I.P
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477 days ago
143.

MiMi    

excuse me all haters, now I accept the truth, I am no longer a fan of MJ's anymore.

I will be banning MJ's music from my house from now on!!!

477 days ago
144.

KartrashianKow    

So by coming forward no Wade is admitting that he is a liar and commited perjury while under oath at the molestation trial. I hope they get Wade on charges of perjury!

477 days ago
145.

EMF    

Oh, isn't this awfully convenient for him. I believe AEG and crew (branca and others) have a hand in this guy suddenly recalling formerly repressed memories. What a load of crap. 7 years he spent around MJ and as an adult testified under oath that nothing untoward happened. I hope this guy's BS story is outed while the trial is ongoing and just who put him up to this. Money truly is the root of all evil - and this pathetic has-been is looking for his payday.

477 days ago
146.

EMF    

Oh I wonder if AEG and branca and others got to this guy .. right in time to help boost their case. He was an adult under oath testifying for MJ's defence and was adamant nothing untoward ever happened. Now we are to believe he's suddenly remembered being molested ..... as if .. Money truly is the root of all evil .. and this guy is nothing but a piece of garbage just like the rest who used MJ like a cash cow. I don't believe anything this guy has to say - he and his slimy lawyer.

477 days ago
147.

TJ    

Why don't they make him take a lie detector test?????

477 days ago
148.

Ctas    

BS! Almost every single person abused, and especially one who was a abused for 7 years, remembers what happened to them, even if they managed to put it in the back of their mind.

477 days ago
149.

thedash    

Dude sit down with this bs. The truth or your truth should never waver. So now that music videos aren't what they once were and choreographers aren't in demand, he has to find his next pay day. Can he first tell the real reason he lied under oath AND continued to go to MJ's home, allegedly, for his frank and beans?

A dead man can not defend himself. Why not confront or sue him when he was alive and well? He even did the damn MJ tribute with Janet in 2009 on MTV; the main one saying 'we have to do this for Michael.' Dude, have a stadium of seats.

477 days ago
150.

TJ    

If some people claim he was a child molester, would he not have molested his own children ,as well? I wondered how he could take care of his children, when, allegedly, M.J was on drugs all the time??

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