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Lionel Richie

New MJ Molestation Claims

Are 'Bogus'

5/9/2013 10:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Michael Jackson
's longtime friend Lionel Richie is scoffing at the new molestation claim against the King of Pop ... telling TMZ, Wade Robson's abuse allegations are "bogus."

As we first reported, Robson -- a famous choreographer -- filed a creditor's claim against Michael's estate this week claiming the singer sexually abused him as a child.

Wade's lawyer told TMZ ... as far as he's concerned MJ was a "monster" who sexually abused Wade for seven years ... and then threatened Wade if he ever went public.

Sources close to Wade told us, 30-year-old Wade's repressed memories came flooding back following a nervous breakdown last year.

But Lionel's STILL got MJ's back ... check out the video.

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31.

Curly    

What about the kid who was paid off years ago and he made them move away??

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32.

kitnplayn    

Lionel richi needs to shut up, because he wasn't there, so he can't say what happened.

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33.

What I Think    

A "celebrity" says the claim is bogus and we all know that celebrities walk on water and can do no wrong so I'm satisfied. He didn't do it. And I better explain further because I'm sure my remarks will go over the heads of MJ's fans. I'm being sarcastic.

500 days ago
34.

ClassicRocker    

You know how ridiculous some of you sound? Y'all say "How do you know, Lionel? You weren't there, but then turn around saying "He slept with children" and "He showered with children". Hypocrites. Also, technically, Michael is not a pedofile. He was proven not guilty.

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35.

ChubRub    

The only way I would believe him is if Macauly Culkin and the living Corey speaks out. It is suspicious that all of the children who were famous and hung out with MJ are all dead, near dead or hot messes.

500 days ago
36.

Lilly    

Get the Truths & Facts right, go to: michaeljackson.com, also for updated trial news from witnesses testimonies etc....

500 days ago
37.

my angel    

me explain how someone who was molested by mj gets hours in line at the store to buy the cd mj history, will be that nobody wants to see that Wade Robson he just only wants money. WADE ROBSON shops for Michael Jackson HIStory CD link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqPdgs6rkBw&feature=player_embedded

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38.

spader    

I wonder how often he left HIS children unattended at Neverland - I'm betting never.

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39.

Pegasus    

Michael Jackson’s Ex-Business Associates File Lawsuit Against Estate, Claim Stake Of His Fortune

Posted on May 9, 2013 @ 12:59PM | By carvanradar


It’s hasn’t been a good week for the Michael Jackson estate.

First, Wade Robson filed a claim against the star’s posthumous fortune, alleging he was molested as a teen.

Now, RadarOnline.com has learned, two men have also filed against John Branca and John McLain, executors of Jackson’s estate, in the Los Angeles Superior Court in a bid to secure two percent of the late singer’s estate.

Broderick Morris and Qadree El-Amin allege they resurrected the King of Pop’s career after his acquittal on child molestation in 2005.

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In return, Jackson promised them a 1.6 percent stake in the future Michael Jackson Company, the men allege in the complaint.

“His reputation had been sullied; he was beset with civil lawsuits and creditors from virtually all quarters. He was on the verge of bankruptcy,” the Morris and El-Amin claim in the complaint.

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“Mr. Jackson began formulating a plan to revive his career with Ms. Bain, who enlisted the help of [colleague A.] King, El-Amin and Morris to form a joint venture through which they would exploit Mr. Jackson’s prodigious talents – not only in the realm of song and dance but in other areas such as animated filmmaking which Jackson had a passionate interest in for years-and contribute their own unique talents, time, efforts and finances toward putting Jackson back on top of the entertainment world as a performer as well as a businessmen.

The men say they lined up projects for Jackson, who died of cardiac arrest at the age of 50, with Kanye West, R. Kelly, Babyface and the Black Eyed Peas, the complaint states.

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Morris and El-Amin are seek damages for breach of a joint venture agreement.

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Pegasus    

Michael Jackson’s Accuser Wade Robson Has Had NO Contact With AEG, Claims His Attorney

Posted on May 9, 2013 @ 5:21AM | By jenheger


Conspiracy theorists have questioned the timing of famed choreographer Wade Robson‘s bombshell decision to file a creditor’s claim against Michael Jackson’s Estate “for childhood sexual abuse,” because of Katherine Jackson‘s $40 billion wrongful death lawsuit trial against AEG and speculated that the concert promoter and the choreographer are working together, but an attorney for the alleged victim tells RadarOnline.com exclusively that is categorically false.

“Mr. Robson has had NO contact whatsoever with AEG whatsoever regarding their case. It’s false and untrue that AEG had any contact with Mr. Robson before his claim was filed,” Helen Yu, one of the lawyers representing Robson told RadarOnline.com exclusively.

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On Wednesday, sources close to AEG told us they had no plans to call Robson as a witness at the trial. “AEG has just learned about Wade Robson’s claims, and there doesn¹t seem to be any reason to call him to the stand. Wade doesn’t bring anything to the case that would bolster AEG’s case that they aren’t responsible for Michael Jackson¹s death.”

Katherine Jackson, 82, is suing AEG for up to $40 billion, saying AEG failed to properly screen and supervise cardiologist Dr. Conrad Murray, who was to be Michael’s personal physician during his This Is It series of comeback concerts at London’s 02 Arena.

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As we previously reported, Robson, now 30, first met Jackson when he was 5 and had several sleepovers at the Bad singer’s Neverland Ranch — allegedly until he was 14.

This week, Robson used a court filing to reverse his previous position that he was never abused by the King of Pop, despite a maid telling the singer’s 2005 molestation trial that she once saw Robson with Jackson in the shower.

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Howard Weitzman, the lawyer for Jackson’s estate, fired back at Robson’s newfound accusations, labeling his claim as “outrageous and pathetic.”

“This is a young man who has testified at least twice under oath over the past 20 years and said in numerous interviews that Michael Jackson never did anything inappropriate to him or with him,” Weitzman previously told RadarOnline.com.

“Now, nearly four years after Michael has passed, this sad and less than credible claim has been made. We are confident that the court will see this for what it is.”

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Robson’s lawyers fired back to Michael Jackson’s Estate response. In a prepared statement, Robson’s lawyer Henry Gradstein said, “Michael Jackson was a monster, and in their hearts every normal person knows it. Wade Robson, in addition to being one of the most talented people on the planet, is one of the kindest, most gentle, decent and introspective human beings one will ever meet. He is the loving father of a young son and happily married. Last year, on a career trajectory that was off the charts, he collapsed under the stress and sexual trauma of what had happened to him for seven years as a child. He lived with the brain washing by a sexual predator until the burden of it all crushed him. ‘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,’ Michael would say to him…

“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. The irony here is that we were the ones who filed under seal and still tried to keep it secret. Amidst all the accusations of a financial motive, no amount of damages is even listed in our papers. There are significant legal issues involved in this case that have the potential to impact lives beyond just our client. But the Jackson money machine, in which everyone is indeed financially motivated, is at it once again to keep the truth from coming out. This time it won’t work.”

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The deadline to file creditor’s claims against Michael Jackson’s Estate has long since passed, but lawyers for the Australian have formally asked Judge Mitchell Beckloff to allow it to be paid.

The first hearing in Robson’s claim is scheduled for June 6.

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41.

realist    

Whether MJ was a pedo or not is really beside the point. After the Chandler mess - he continued to have his little "sleepovers" with young boys. A very foolish thing to do.


Wasn't it after his death, investigators found a book that MJ kept locked up? A book of little boy porn.


No smoke without fire.

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42.

Lilly    

Get the Facts & Truths right, go to: michaeljackson.com, also for updated trial news (witness testimonies etc..)

500 days ago
43.

Holly    

This man has some nerve calling a sexual abuse victim a liar.

500 days ago
44.

RuthieB    

Oh because he knows what happened behind closed doors all those years. I believe he was molesting boys. Why else would he pay off the families?

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45.

haze    

mj sleeping in the same bed as a 7 yr old boy is sexual abuse like he did with culken bros. if mj never sexual abused any lil boys why did he pay 15 million to keep them from pressing charges

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