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Wade Robson

Big Love For Michael

Months Before Breakdown

5/11/2013 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

051013_wade_robson_mj_launchWade Robson was singing Michael Jackson’s praises as recently as July 30, 2011 … talking about preserving MJ’s legacy and “representing his essence” … just 8 months before he claims a nervous breakdown sent memories of sexual abuse flooding back.

Robson rhapsodizes about MJ and the influence he had on his life ... telling the reporter from Rhythm Addict TV that he felt a lot of pressure choreographing the MJ Cirque du Soleil show.

But here's the rub.  A spokesperson for the Michael Jackson Estate -- which produced the Cirque du Soleil show -- tells TMZ ... Robson was "on the list of choreographers but his son got sick and he wasn't used."  The spokesperson said there was never a contract between Wade and the show.


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If he's telling the truth now, wouldn't, or shouldn't there be consequences for his giving false testimony during MJ's trial? Even if he was defending MJ?

466 days ago


I think TMZ needs to answer why they changed the date on their ORIGINAL story about the breakdown and then posted the interview....It's not kool at all, people are going to hate Michael regardless, trying to cover up the fact that Wade gave interviews after the breakdown, still showing love and admiration by doing tributes to give back to Michael won't change their minds. TMZ is pretty popular you guys should know others will credit your stories.....on your original YESTERDAY you said he struggled in 2010 and broke down in 2011, now TODAY that same story says he struggled in 2011 and broke down in 2012, I commented on it yesterday I would know

466 days ago


White people destroyed MJ when he was alive and even now he's dead, they would leave him alone. Greedy pigs

466 days ago


Michael Jackson Defended By Former Employee From Mid 90s


Scottie Shaffer worked for Michael Jackson from approximately 1992 to 1997. He was known around Neverland by the nickname “House.” Shaffer went off to start his own business- he does product placement for movies and is very successful. But he always stayed friendly with all the Jacksons. He’s invited to a Jackson wedding this summer, in fact. And Scottie is outraged by Wade Robson’s accusations that Michael molested him.

“For all the time I was in the inner circle, working for Michael, I never observed any inappropriate behavior. It’s impossible for me to believe,” Shaffer told me the other night.

Scottie started working for Michael in late 1992, when the “Black and White” video was shot. He stayed until 1997-98. He was present through the whole debacle with Jordan Chandler. He was also there as Jackson entertained many kids at Neverland. His title was Special Projects Coordinator. Shaffer was with Michael when they met Omer Bhatti, the kid who Michael later referred to as his son, and who now uses that distinction to stay with the Jacksons. (He is not in any way related to them.)

“People are just after the money now,” Shaffer says. “And it sickens me.”

Shaffer– who’s a nice guy and a straight shooter– also adds that the Robsons didn’t spend that much time at Neverland. His website is

466 days ago


Go on about your day people; TMZ is pretty accurate "sometimes" but there's an agenda going on with this MJ story....As others said Harvey was waaay to adamant about repeating the same story as callers kept calling in to make an irrelevant point seeing as it had nothing to do with why people were calling in......Now they CHANGED their original posting about Wade's breakdown in 2011 to 2012 on the original post about it to help save some credibility because they posted an interview today from 2011; but there's another interview in 2012, OOPS.....TMZ can't edit ALL the media outlets that credited them on the original post and I can post links all day.

466 days ago

mike p    

I have started a facebook page is SUPPORT of Wade Robson, IF you want to show support please like the page. I will posting videos, arguments, testimony to show why MJ may have hurt Wade and others

466 days ago

Robert Schulte    

What a loser

466 days ago

Martin Pagels    

What a loser

466 days ago


LOS ANGELES (AP) — A look at key moments this past week in the wrongful death trial in Los Angeles between Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, and concert giant AEG Live, and what is expected at court in the week ahead:


Jackson's mother wants a jury to determine that the promoter of Jackson's planned comeback concerts didn't properly investigate Dr. Conrad Murray, who a criminal jury convicted of involuntary manslaughter for Jackson's June 2009 death. AEG's attorney says the case is about personal choice, namely Jackson's decision to have Murray serve as his doctor and give him doses of a powerful anesthetic as a sleep aid. Millions, possibly billions, of dollars are at stake.

— Jurors heard about Jackson in life and death from a pair of women who knew him and from coroner's officials who pieced together how he died. Jackson's mother skipped morbid testimony about Jackson's autopsy, but listened as her son's friend and makeup artist told jurors about watching him perform, and gradually become more dependent on prescription drugs.

— Jackson's longtime makeup artist Karen Faye testified that she overheard AEG co-CEO Paul Gongaware tell the singer's assistant to do "whatever it takes" to get the superstar out of a locked bathroom and to a rehearsal. Faye said Gongaware and another AEG official pushed Jackson to perform despite his emaciated appearance and signs of paranoia.


— A black-and-white photo of Jackson's lifeless body lying on a table before his autopsy. The image was shown in open court for less than a minute.

— Faye repeatedly break down in tears as she described how Jackson trusted his doctors but became more dependent on prescription medications in the early 1990s when he was on his "Dangerous" tour and facing his first bout of child molestation allegations.


— "Michael would do five songs to the dancers' one. I never saw anything like it." (Makeup artist and hair stylist Karen Faye, describing Jackson's stamina and ability to put all pain aside while he was performing.)

— "When I hugged him, he just felt like marble. But when I hugged, when I saw him briefly in 2006, he didn't feel like that anymore. He felt thin." (Dancer and choreographer Alif Sankey, who contrasted Jackson's appearance and build when she met him while shooting the "Smooth Criminal" video with the final years of his life.)


— Wade Robson, a choreographer who testified in Jackson's defense at his child molestation

trial, filed court paperwork stating that he was abused by Jackson over a seven-year period, according to his attorney. He has not stated how much he is seeking from Jackson's estate.

— A 20-minute preview of the Cirque du Soleil show "Immortal" based on Jackson's career and music was previewed at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay hotel-casino. The show is scheduled to open June 29.


— Jurors will hear from AEG Live's first witnesses, a pair of choreographers who worked with Jackson and who will be called out of order to accommodate their touring schedule.

— Deputy Medical Examiner Christopher Rogers is expected to resume testifying and may offer an estimate of how long Jackson would have lived if he hadn't received an overdose of the anesthetic propofol.

466 days ago


What a jerk, why didn't he tell the truth when he testified for MJ???????????

466 days ago


Harvey, Harvey, Harvey. ... his accusation is as real as santa and his elves in the north pole!

466 days ago

Anonymity Aardvark    

Harvey Levin keeps SAYING he's not accusing Michael Jackson of this, and YET Harvey Levin keeps talking about all the "evidence" he (Harvey) knows about... so which is it Harvey? If you're going to defame Michael just grow a pair and come out and say it and stop alluding to what you 'feel' about it. If you're not going to do that... then just move on from this bogus story.

466 days ago

The Man They Call Louis    

Screw him...

466 days ago


Two more victims are coming forward...

The only good thing about all this disgusting abuse coming to light is watching all MJ's misfit fans freak out and attempt to justify his classic pedophile behavior. LOSERS

466 days ago


Everybody already knows that 2 more people are coming forward ..
what a coincidence that these people would wait 4 years after his death , and a giant lawsuit is going on ..
Harvey been spinning this for a week like it is some explosive bombshell, so has Stacey Brown and Diane Dimond.
Naturally victims contact the tabloid press..oh please .
Lets see who else AEG has found who has fallen on hard times.
If only I lived in LA..maybe Id get in line too LOL

466 days ago
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