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Wade Robson

'Michael Jackson Was a Monster'

And Sexual Abuser

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

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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This Wade said about a "monster"....... "He is the reason I dance, the reason I make music, and one of the main reasons I believe in the pure goodness of human kind."

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Brett Barnes says:
"I wish people would realise, in your last moments on this earth, all the money in the world will be of no comfort. My clear conscience will."
Brett Barnes
@IAmBrettBarnes - May 8, 2013

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lol at all the unintelligent people who think mj really molested someone...As if someone could not say anything soooo many years.Even if michael DID molest a kid in the past,he definately DIDN'T molest him.He is a liar.

And,btw,as much as you say bad things about MJ,he was KING,you are NOTHING

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King of liars? Jackson encouraged deadly drug use and brought his kids into the dermatologist office so that he could get injections & Demerol and sleep for hours. Jackson encouraged a dead-beat father and insane doctor to lie for deadly Propofol injections. This came back and destroyed his own kids. Too bad Jackson became his own enemy.

Katherine and the kids can sue and sue for 49 million dollars. It won't change what Jackson did to his children. Thank goodness, Debbie Rowe is back in Paris' life. Paris became so rude on Twitter after Jackson died and that's no concidence.

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I don't get this!! Why wait so long to tell your story and through dirt on a man whose been dead for how long???? Not buying it for 1 minute....

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This is ridiculous!!! I don't believe for one second m.j did something to this guy and if he did why wait so long???!!

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When I worked on-set of the L.A. Gear Commercial starring MJ & 9 y.o. Wade as a Studio Medic I witnessed MJ act inappropriately with Wade. When the 1993 molestation trial came to light the only thing that did surprise me was seeing Wade defending MJ when I knew otherwise. The only thing I heard believable was the Maid's testimony that she witnessed MJ in the shower with Wade. I was not shocked when the 1993 case was filed after the way I saw MJ acting at the World Music Awards with that 14 y.o. boy sitting between MJ's legs acting like they were a couple as opposed to just friends just like I personally witnessed MJ acting with Wade on-set of the L.A. Gear Commercial shoot on a sound stage on the lower lot of Universal Studios in 1990. Unfortunately, what I saw him doing to Wade then at that time didn't amount to criminally prosecutable conduct although it could be construed as such today under People vs Martinez (1995) 11 C4th 434 et.seq. I mean what man in his late 30's sleeps and showers with little boys and hugs, kisses, hold hands, and caresses little boys in public like they are a couple or they are his bitches. REALLY!!! I have always been a fan of MJ's music since I was a kid but surely not his private life choices. And for those hard-core MJ fans who won't believe me either I bet you have absolutely no problems believing similar claims against Catholic Priests 20, 30, or 40 years after the fact though with no physical proof or public exhibitions of physical attraction to cute young boys like MJ's. But not MJ! He's a superstar saint. He wouldn't do that with boys. Wake up and smell the coffee fools!!!

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Michael Jackson days before death: 'God keeps talking to me'

By Alan Duke, CNN

updated 5:35 AM EDT, Thu May 9, 2013

Katherine Jackson: Michael's mother, 82, was deposed for nine hours over three days by AEG Live lawyers. As the guardian of her son's three children, she is a plaintiff in the wrongful death lawsuit against the company that promoted Michael Jackson's comeback concerts. Katherine Jackson: Michael's mother, 82, was deposed for nine hours over three days by AEG Live lawyers. As the guardian of her son's three children, she is a plaintiff in the wrongful death lawsuit against the company that promoted Michael Jackson's comeback concerts.

Prince Jackson: Michael's oldest son is considered a key witness in the Jacksons' case against AEG Live, since he is expected to testify about what his father told him about the concert promoter in the last days of his life. Prince, who turned 16 in February, is becoming more independent -- he now has a driver's license and jobs.

Paris Jackson: Michael's daughter, who turns 15 on April 3, is on the list of witnesses and was questioned by AEG Live lawyers for several hours on March 21 about her father's death. Paris is an outspoken teen who often posts messages to her 1 million-plus Twitter followers.

Blanket Jackson: Although AEG Live asked the judge to order Blanket, 11, to sit for a deposition, and he is one of the four plaintiffs suing them, Michael's youngest son will not be a witness in the trial. His doctor submitted a note to the court saying it would be "medically detrimental" to the child.

Kevin Boyle: The Los Angeles personal injury lawyer is leading the Jackson team of at least six attorneys in the wrongful death suit against AEG Live. One of his notable cases was a large settlement with Boeing on behalf of two soldiers injured when their helicopter malfunctioned and crashed in Iraq.

Perry Sanders, Jr.: Katherine Jackson's personal lawyer is helping steer the Jackson matriarch through her relations with her son's estate, probate court and the wrongful death suit. He is also known for representing the family of Biggie Smalls in their suit against the city of Los Angeles over the rapper's death investigation.

Marvin Putnam: He's the lead lawyer for AEG Live, defending against the wrongful death suit. The primary focus of his legal practice is "media in defense of their First Amendment rights," according to his official biography.

Philip Anschutz: The billionaire owner of AEG, parent company of AEG Live, is on the Jacksons' witness list. He is the force behind the effort to build a football stadium in downtown Los Angeles to lure a National Football League team to the city. He recently pulled his company off the market after trying to sell it for $8 billion.

Tim Leiweke: He was recently fired as AEG's president as Philip Anschutz announced he was taking a more active role in the company. The Jackson lawyers say Leiweke's e-mail exchanges with executives under him concerning Michael Jackson's health are important evidence in their case.

Joe Jackson: Michael's father, 84, is on the witness list for the trial and may testify. The Jackson family patriarch, who lives in Las Vegas separately from his wife, has suffered several ministrokes in the last year, which some close to him say have affected him.

Randy Phillips: He's president of AEG Live, the concert promoter that contracted with Michael Jackson for his "This Is It" comeback shows set to start in London in July 2009. The Jackson lawsuit says Phillips supervised Dr. Conrad Murray's treatment of Jackson in the weeks before his death, making the company liable for damages. E-mails between Phillips and other executives showed they were worried about Jackson's missed rehearsals and sought Murray's help getting him ready.

Paul Gongaware: The AEG Live co-CEO worked closely with Michael Jackson as he prepared for his comeback concerts. He testified at Dr. Conrad Murray's criminal trial that he contacted the physician and negotiated his hiring at the request of Jackson. AEG lawyers say it was Jackson who chose, hired and supervised Murray. Gongaware knew Jackson well, having been tour manager for the singer in previous years.

Kenny Ortega: He was chosen by Michael Jackson and AEG Live to direct and choreograph the "This Is It" shows. Ortega, who choreographed for Jackson's "Dangerous" and "HIStory" tours, testified at Dr. Conrad Murray's criminal trial that "Jackson was frail" at a rehearsal days before his death.

Dr. Conrad Murray: He was Michael Jackson's personal physician in the two months before his death, giving him nightly infusions of the surgical anesthetic that the coroner ruled led to his death. Murray, who is appealing his involuntary manslaughter conviction, has sworn that he would invoke his Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination and refused to testify in the civil trial. There is a chance that Murray will be brought into court from jail to testify outside the presence of the jury to allow the judge to determine if he would be ordered to testify.

John Branca: He's one of two executors of Michael Jackson's estate. Branca was Jackson's lawyer until about seven years before his death. He said Jackson rehired him just weeks before he died.

Key players in Jackson wrongful death trial

Producer testifies she begged AEG Live to put Jackson in a hospital
"I kept saying that 'Michael is dying,'" producer testifies
Show director Kenny Ortega "collapsed in our arms," when told Jackson died
"Michael's imagination was endless," dancer testifies

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Michael Jackson told his tour director days before he died he was hearing God's voice, a producer testified Wednesday.

"God keeps talking to me,"Jackson said.

Those words spoken to Kenny Ortega and Jackson's frail appearance were so disturbing that it caused Ortega and associate producer Alif Sankey to burst into tears at a rehearsal, Sankey said Wednesday in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Jackson's mother and three children.

Jackson, who was being fitted for his costumes, appeared "extremely thin" and "was not speaking normally" at the June 19, 2009, rehearsal, Sankey told jurors in a trial to determine if concert promoter AEG Live should be held liable in the pop icon's death.

Jurors saw a photo of Jackson at the costume fitting that showed an obviously thin and gaunt man.

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Sankey testified that she and Ortega cried together after Jackson left. On her way home, Sankey stopped her car to call Ortega "because I had a very strong feeling that Michael was dying."

"I was screaming into the phone at that point," Sankey testified. "I said he needs to be put in the hospital now."

Sankey became emotional as she testified about the call.

"I kept saying that 'Michael is dying, he's dying, he's leaving us, he needs to be put in a hospital,'" Sankey said. "'Please do something. Please, please.' I kept saying that. I asked him why no one had seen what I had seen. He said he didn't know."

Ortega sent a series of e-mails early the next morning that resulted in a meeting at Jackson's house between Jackson, Dr. Conrad Murray, AEG Live President Randy Phillips and Ortega.

An e-mail from Phillips after that meeting said he had confidence in Murray, "who I am gaining immense respect for as I get to deal with him more."

"This doctor is extremely successful (we check everyone out) and does not need this gig, so he (is) totally unbiased and ethical," Phillips' e-mail said.

The lawsuit contends that Phillips and AEG never checked Murray out. Otherwise, they would have known he was deeply in debt and vulnerable to breaking the rules in treating Jackson to keep his job, it argues.

Jackson lawyers contend that AEG Live is liable for Jackson's death because the company negligently hired, retained or supervised Murray -- who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death.

Jackson's last rehearsal was at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on June 24, 2009. Security camera video shown to the jury Wednesday showed him walking with a blanket wrapped around him as he passed Sankey.

"He didn't look good," she testified. "I asked him if he was cold, and he said 'Yes.'"

Jackson sang two songs that last night on stage: "Thriller" and "Earth Song," she said.

"He did it," Sankey said. "He went through it. He wasn't in full performance mode."

Sankey said she was standing next to Ortega at a rehearsal the next afternoon when Randy Phillips called to tell him Jackson was dead.

"Kenny collapsed in our arms," she said.

The lawsuit contends that AEG Live executives missed a series of red flags warning them that Jackson's life was at risk because of Murray, who was giving him nightly infusions of the surgical anesthetic propofol to treat his insomnia.

The coroner ruled Jackson had died from an overdose of propofol in combination with several sedatives on June 25, 2009.

Murray told investigators he used the drugs to help Jackson sleep so he could be rested for rehearsals.

AEG lawyers argue Jackson, not their company, chose and supervised Murray, and that their executives had no way of knowing what the doctor was doing to Jackson in the privacy of his bedroom.

Michael's creativity

In contrast to six days of testimony mostly about Jackson's death, jurors did hear about the pop icon's creativity during Sankey's testimony

"Michael's imagination was endless," Sankey said. "He would visualize it, and it happened. It was amazing."

Katherine Jackson dabbed tears from her eyes as her son's "Smooth Criminal" video was played in court.

Sankey first met Michael Jackson when she was a dancer in the 1987 video production.

"We got to see Michael's imagination come to life," Sankey said. "That was my first time as a dancer, as an artist, that I was completely inspired by his craft and inspired by his attention to every detail. He was so detailed and he never missed a thing."

Working with Jackson was "magical," she said.

"I dream still to this day that I will be able to create on that level of magic that Michael created," Sankey said. "It was like living a dream of working with an artist like that, and I will treasure it and have it in my memory forever."

Sankey's work as an associate producer and dancer for Jackson's "This Is It" tour put her on the witness list in this trial.

"He shared with me that he was excited to do the show," she said. "He was excited to show his kids, finally to show them who he was, what he was all about; he was very excited about that."

Jurors heard about Jackson's relationship with his three children and their love of their father. Sankey described how they would come with their father to the set each day in early June when he was filming video elements for the show.

"Paris had a purse, and inside her purse, she had all this candy in her purse she didn't want her daddy to know about," Sankey said. "She had these little pictures of her father in her purse that were in frames. She had, like, a lot of them. Her purse was full of candy and pictures of her daddy."

"They loved their daddy," she said.

The "This Is It" concert would have been "a pretty big show," Sankey told jurors.

"It was going to be huge and it was going to be innovative, different," she testified. "From working with Michael in my past, I knew it had to be something that no one's ever seen. It all had to be new and pioneering."

The next witness when court resumes Thursday morning will be Michael Jackson's longtime hair and make up artist, Karen Faye. She was quoted in interviews after Jackson's death saying that the pop star was in ill health weeks before he died.

Spectators in the small Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday morning included Judge Lance Ito, famous for presiding over the O.J. Simpson murder trial in 1995. Ito was there to watch his friend, Judge Yvette Palazuelos, preside over this trial and then go to lunch with her.

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TMZ 5-8-13 - “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 .........”

TMZ 5-9-13 – “sources close to the Robson family tell TMZ he had a complete nervous breakdown in March, 2011........”

Contradiction between Gradstein and sources: Did Robson have his nervous breakdown in 2011 or 2012?

TMZ 5-9-13 – “Sources tell us after the breakdown, Robson went to a psychotherapist for several weeks..........”

Interesting that Robson went to a psych for several weeks rather than several months.

TMZ 5-8-13 - Attorney Gradstein said “Michael Jackson was a monster and in their hearts every normal person knows it.”

How would Gradstein know what every normal person knows? His statement makes him sound irrational.

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The timing is very suspicious. His career is going downhill. He has praised Michael for years, Danced on stage with him testified for him and paid tribute to him in the Opus. I certainly would not do any of that if I had been abused. Any body language expert will tell you that Wade was telling the truth in 2005 that Michael did not abuse him.

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seems like if it were true he wouldnt ask for money he would just want it off his chest and move on. The wanting money makes it seem like a lie. I liked this guy I hope hes not lying but in a way i hope he is so that it will mean he didnt suffer like he says he did. mj ws powerful so it would make sense that he would be afraid to say while he was alive but noone knows but them.

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antoinette bishop    

He's lying

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See I won't call Wade a liar, but his "actions" aren't consistent, not even a little bit. How was he losing it and filling up with anxiety against Michael in 2010, and then had an enormous breakdown in March of 2011......BUT you he is found to be praising and thanking Michael for what he did for him and wants to give back by doing Cirque according to the interview July 30th 2011. Then in July of 2012 he sat down and gave ANOTHER interview testifying to Michaels greatness and inspiration in his life. All I'm saying is 1+1 equals 2, but Wade trying to make it equal 3 seeing as there's a hidden variable as to how these actual words out his mouth coincide with his claim that he had a breakdown and is now calling him a monster. I wonder if the cirque thing fell through and he wants payback, I'm just saying; I'm confused by this all. The interview links aren't even hidden; they're on youtube, just respond to my comment and I will post the interviews from 2011 and 2012.

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You know, MJ was a genius, like it or not. *I'd* sleep with him ten times over just to be given the opportunity to learn and grow from him. He made Wade's career and Wade should be thankful for that. Haters are gonna hate. Ultimately, his parents should be sued for letting him sleep over at MJ's. This guy was damaged before.

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Just My Opinion    

Michael Jackson was a big kid himself, not a frickin monster! You are just another get rich quick GOLD DIGGER !!

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