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MJ's Ex-Housekeeper

Key Witness in Wade's

Molestation Lawsuit

5/18/2013 12:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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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.

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151.

USA#1    

Thank the lord that Michael Jackson is dead and rotting away in hell. He turned his back on the African American community and tried to be white. He was a devlish drug addicted pedophile who is now facing his maker.

520 days ago
152.

Brandon    

Blanca Francia was an illegal immigrant from El Salvador who worked as a maid for Jackson between 1986 and 1991. She first gained notoriety in December 1993, when she appeared on Diane Dimond’s tabloid television show, Hard Copy and claimed she had witnessed Jackson allegedly showering in the nude with a young boy during the time she worked for him. As it was later revealed, and as she also admitted during Jackson’s 2005 trial, she received $20,000 from Hard Copy . Although she left her job at Jackson’s more than two years before the Hard Copy interview, and allegedly she quit in disgust, she was not disgusted enough to report to authorities what she allegedly witnessed. In actuality, she never mentioned the story to anyone before the Chandler scandal went public in 1993. As a matter of fact, in 1993, while being deposed, Blanca admitted that she had never seen Jackson showering in the nude with anyone. She complained that Hard Copy edited her interview in such a way that she seemed to say things she had never actually said.

Meanwhile, there were ex-employees of Jackson who went public to defend the entertainer from Francia's allegations. Jackson's former maid, Shanda Lujan, who worked with Blanca Francia at Neverland, said of Francia's claims: "I think it's ridiculous. He was great with kids. I think he'd make a very good father. He's just wonderful with them." Another former maid, Francin Orosco said that Blanca Francia was very possessive of Jackson: "You could tell a lot that she had a little crush on him, very jealous of the other housekeepers. She didn't want no one close to Michael. There's a lot of jealousy there."

The claim that Hard Copy edited her interview and the fact she admitted in a 1993-94 deposition that she never saw Jackson shower naked with anyone, did not prevent the prosecution from putting Blanca Francia on the stand at Jackson’s 2005 trial, where she went back to her Hard Copy story and now alleged again that she did witness Jackson shower naked with a young boy, Wade Robson. In 2005 her explanation for the contradiction with her 1993-94 depositions was that “Well, at that time I guess I was tired and nervous, I guess”.

On direct examination during Jackson’s 2005 trial, Blanca Francia claimed that once while Wade Robson was visiting with Jackson, she walked into Jackson’s bedroom suite and heard voices laughing and playing coming from the bathroom. She claimed when she went up to see what was going on, she saw two pairs of underwear in front of the shower belonging to Jackson and Wade Robson. She claimed she could identify Robson’s underwear because she used to do the laundry for the guests of Neverland. She claimed she witnessed two figures inside the shower through the fogged up window of the shower, the size and of Jackson and Robson, and she heard the voices of Jackson and Robson.

It also has to be noted that according to Francia’s testimony the water was running and the radio was on while she claimed to hear all those voices - or one voice, considering which of version of her testimony you want to believe.

During Blanca Francia’s testimony it was also revealed that she often took things from Jackson’s bedroom, such as a watch or a jacket, without Jackson’s permission. She and the prosecution attempted to downplay these thefts by claiming the watch Blanca took from Jackson's bedroom was not an expensive item, just some promotional material, and by claiming that she did not try to hide from Jackson that she took those items: “At one time I was wearing it, one of his jackets, and he say -- and he told me that it was his jacket. And I say, “Yeah, I was cold.” And he say, “Oh, that’s okay”, she said.

On another occasion, Francia was caught looking into the purse of another employee, Gayle Goforth. Francia said she did that to see how much Goforth was paid. Francia’s leaving her employment in May 1991 probably had more to do with incidents like these than with her being disgusted with anything that in the hindsight she claimed to have witnessed at Neverland.

During her testimony in 2005, Blanca Francia also admitted that in 1993, besides Hard Copy, she contemplated selling her story to the National Enquirer. One of the reporters who used to work for the Enquirer, Jim Mitteager had a habit of taping his conversations. When he died his tapes were inherited by private investigator and tabloid broker, Paul Barresi. The Mitteager tapes reportedly include a conversation in which it is claimed that in 1993, Enquirer reporter, Lydia Encinas befriended Blanca Francia and at the time allegedly helped transcribe Francia’s police interview. On the Mitteager tapes, Enquirer editor, David Perel tells Mitteager on March 23, 1994, that: “the reason why Lydia Encinas is involved is because she speaks Spanish and she’s got a good relationship with Blanca.”

In April 2005, journalist, Michelle Caruso claimed to have questioned detective Russ Birchim, who interviewed Francia in 1993, about Encinas' involvement. “Lydia Encinas was not the translator. But I did meet with her in Los Angeles” [4], answered Birchim. "Caruso also noted, that when asked to explain why, in the course of a criminal investigation, he had met up with a National Enquirer reporter in the first place – Birchim refused to elaborate."

Blanca, she was working with Victor Gutierrez, a Chilean free-lance 'journalist' who was trying to prove MJ was a child molester even before the Chandler accuations. He was/is a member of NAMBLA (North American Man Boy Love Assoc). He ended up also being a close source for DD, although he led her astray when he claimed there were videotapes of MJ molesting his own nephew--which never existed. MJ sued him and he lost and was ordered to pay MJ over 2 million for damages, so he left the country. He wrote an awful book about the supposed relationship between MJ and Jordan. In the book there are a lot of do***ents that indicate VG had a close connection to the Chandler family. VG was behind the scenes, gathering 'info,' and he particularly tried to befriend the Hispanics who worked for MJ, such as Blanca. Blanca does not speak English well and she really needed a translator at all times, esp. in court docs or a trial or actually any statement that people were going to take seriously. During the trial she did not know the difference between on (the bedspread) and under (the bedspread)--were they sitting on the bed, or were they under the covers? She could not cope with that. The amazing thing is VG was the first person interviewed by the LAPD when they started the investigation on MJ and he was there 2 days in a row. Larry Feldman went to Blanca's house too, so she was involved in 1993. They desperately needed someone to corroborate Jordan's story, one other boy, through Blanca they gotthat other boy, her son Jason. He was questioned very inappropriately--basically the SB detectives grabbed him after school and questioned him w/o his mother there. Later the cops put Jason in therapy for 5 years and as a result he came up with the tickling story that he gave in court.

The boys description was NOT Accurate. Two grand juries looked at the evidence and did NOT indict MJ because there was NO evidence and the description was WRONG! Read something other than Tabloid Trash Articles. It was proven in court and depositions that some of the employees that said they saw MJ in a shower were Paid $20,000 by Hard Copy Magazine when Diane Dimond was covering that story. The employee admitted under oath they did not see anything. Again stop reading tabloid trash like this paper and BELIEVING it. They are out to sell papers and TRUTH is not Relevant! The Headline of this article is proof of that!

520 days ago
153.

MJLover624    

This woman is pathetic. She was paid off in 2005 by a tabloid to say that **** and here she is again. PATHETIC!

520 days ago
154.

dee    

Celebrities can get away with anything these days by using the good old "they just want my money" shtick. Glad to see so many people who are SO SURE MJ didn't do it. I mean you guys must have been right there, huh?

520 days ago
155.

Giti    

To Angie... If he was a victim and when he had an opportunity in court to say that he was abused, he been a grown man and he not only denied but he vehemently denied and defended Jackson when he could have saved someone and for money now is telling the truth ( if it is the truth), it is cowardly. And I say that as a victim myself.
When you are a victim you can deny, its common. Especially if the person is in the position of power. But when you are an adult in a court of law, with other people saying that you were abused. Your victimizer is being prosecuted for the same crime against a child, you might find courage not for yourself but for others.
So Angie, I say that as a person who lived through it, and was also called a liar, and was also afraid. I say it out of experience not ignorance as you so nicely put.
The cowardice was not denying, but defending him. If it was true, of course.

520 days ago
156.

Nosy and Concerned    

I guess Im still trying to figure out why these parents allowed them to hang out with a grown azz man without supervision....?! Anyone?

*so annoyed* I want this man to just RIP already! it just seems like his family and fans or former friends just wont let him go!

there has been way too much drama....

520 days ago
157.

aston    

"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."


Well, I'd hardly call that evidence for "sexual child abuse". Francia didn't see any of them, far less anything sinister going on, she only heard Michael laughing. For all she knew, Wade might not even be in there. Or they might both be wearing trunks, or just - simply - taking a shower.

If this is all Wade has to show, he must know it won't go anywhere, so either he is already paid from elsewhere, or it's nothing but smoke and mirrors to divert from the AEG trial.


So, how about returning to that trial, and start reporting from there? I want to know what is going on in the case Jackson versus AEG.

520 days ago
158.

MiMi    

How about reading prior posts which give reference to the fact that Blanca recanted her story.

Geez.....


This is just a ploy of TMZ to garner more hits. How about not giving them any.

Story is ridiculous and inaccurate.

520 days ago
159.

mj fan forever    

A PEDO-MONSTER-LIAR with pedo fantasies who seeks the "help" pf another PROVEN IN COURT LIAR. I really don't understand what kind of 'key witness' she should be in his sick disturbed mind. This disgusting liar is just as desperate as broke. ALL to grub money from Michael Jackson, which is going to NEVER have. This riffraff is DISGUSTING!!!!

520 days ago
160.

gayforliztaylor    

Why did Jackson decide to do 50 concerts when he kept telling his costume designer Mike Bush to say nothing about his weight loss & freezing & trembling in hot weather?

Why did his make-up artist, other employee friends, his kids & the Jacksons do nothing for him when they ADMITTED that they saw his massive health deterioration?

Jackson knew there were evil and stupid people in Neverland and juvenile detention centers & prisons that he wanted to visit & had visited, but he chose to continue letting people hurt him. He refused to check the criminal backgrounds of thieves & insane visitors and doctors.... Why?

520 days ago
161.

Curly    

Michael is dead, but part of healing for Robson is admitting being abused. He needs to move on in his own life, and if he ever gets into a permanent relationship with somebody this needs to be resolved. It would effect his relationship with his partner, and eventually his own kids. I wish him strength and peace.

520 days ago
162.

Mina    

Yep Blanca's 1993 deposition where she says she saw nothing and that the folks in the jacuzzi that she saw had on their swimming trunks, all the money she took from tabloids. The $20 grand she took from HARD COPY, her 2005 testimony where she said she wasn't sure what she saw, she's a mess.. I bet T Mez is biting at the chance to give the estate her testimony.. as MJ's attorney during that time.

520 days ago
163.

Mina    

Any judge in LA should be sickened by these liars.. A judge alone could read Wade's testimony and be pissed at him for coming out with this crap.. Wade's testimony alone with his cross exam from the prosecution was specific and detailed. Prosecutor Zonen even went as far as asking that maybe he was molested in his sleep etc.. Wade's comeback response was ' if something like that was happening I am sure I would've awakened' so that answer right there means he knows if someone was attacking him or molesting him he wouldn't be sleep so he knows that something would've been going on which blows his new claims out the window tha he didn't know he was being abused until recently.

520 days ago
164.

gayforliztaylor    

He may not have been stupid enough to have sex with the liar, but Wade was clearly mentally abused to save Jackson's reputation as a poor innocent man who protected his family & children against "vicious media & criminals".
Jackson wouldn't have hung around with insane doctors,
Joe Jackson, Lisa Marie, Elvis, the Chandlers & Arvisos if he had cared about children of the world and their impression of him tolerating wife abuse, Joe Jackson beating him, and Elvis' pedophilia/Lisa Marie's underage sex/drugs.

Why did Jackson beg Lisa Marie to go to a murderer's jail to visit the child murderers?

WHAT a scammer Jackson was!
Jackson scammed himself with Murray, Millons of people don't buy the "Jackson had no idea that crimes in the Jackson family led to tolerance with criminal children and criminal doctors/plastic surgeons" excuse.

520 days ago
165.

Mina    

Joy Robson, the mother of Wade spoke about MJ in 2005.

"We just feel so vindicated right across the board,'' said Joy Robson, who watched the verdict live on TV from her LA home.

"We were crying and screaming and crying and screaming.''

The Robson family has kept in close contact with Jackson during the trial, with Joy last speaking to him when the defence and prosecution rested their cases.

"He's always reasonably optimistic,'' she said.

"He has a lot of faith and relies a lot on his faith.

"He did ask me to pray for him. We all believed ultimately the truth would come out.''

Joy Robson said she never doubted Jackson was innocent, despite the serious charges against him.

She said the world has the wrong impression of the entertainer.

"I've never questioned Michael,'' she said.

"That's the bottom line. I've never ever had a second of a concern.

"I don't care what people say of me.

"You have to know Michael to understand.

"I've always said to Michael `I wished the world could know the Michael we do'.

"He's not what the media makes him out to be.''

520 days ago
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