Wade Robson: 'Pedophile' Michael Jackson Abused Me For 7 Years - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Wade Robson: 'Pedophile' Michael Jackson Abused Me For 7 Years

TODAY.COM - In 2005, Wade Robson was the first defense witness at Michael Jackson's trial, where the singer was accused of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor. At the time, Robson was unequivocal: He was not sexually abused by the man known as the King of Pop. But eight years later, he has changed his tune.

Exclusively on TODAY Thursday, the 30-year-old choreographer told Matt Lauer that Jackson, who died in 2009, was "a pedophile and a child sexual abuser."

Robson said Jackson abused him from ages 7 to 14: Jackson "performed sexual acts on me and forced me to perform sexual acts on him."

Robson is currently asking a probate court to allow him to file a late creditor's claim against the Jackson estate, now that the deadline has passed for creditors to file such claims. His claim comes as a case brought by Jackson's family against AEG Live, promoters of his final concert tour, has begun in civil court.

Born in Australia, Robson was a dancing prodigy whose family relocated to the United States when he was 9; he appeared in three of Michael Jackson's videos: "Black or White," "Jam," and "Heal the World." In later years he went on to direct music videos and choreograph tours for artists including N'Sync and Britney Spears, and hosted and executive produced "The Wade Robson Project" for MTV in 2003. He joined "So You Think You Can Dance" on FOX in 2007 as a judge and choreographer.

So why now? Says Robson, he wasn't ready to face up to the truth until he began to realize how he would feel if a stranger molested his son, born two years ago. "This is not a case of repressed memory," said Robson. "I have never forgotten one moment of what Michael did to me, but I was psychologically and emotionally completely unable and unwilling to understand that it was sexual abuse."

During the first criminal investigation of Jackson in 1993 (when Robson was 11), Jackson would call him "every day" to "role play" and convince him that if anyone knew what they had done together, "both of us would go to jail for the rest of our lives."

He says there was no bribe money offered for him to lie on the stand -- nor, apparently, was it needed. "It was complete manipulation (by Jackson) and brainwashing," said Robson. "He would role play and train me for these (trial) scenarios."

Howard Weitzman, a lawyer for Jackson's estate, said in a statement: "Mr. Robson's claim is 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. Now, nearly four years after Michael has passed, this sad and less-than-credible claim has been made."

But this is not about landing some big book deal or payoff for silence, said Robson. "I've lived in silence and denial for 22 years and I can't spend another moment in that.... I'm never going to go away with this for the sake of money. I'm never going to be silenced for money. That's not going to happen."

Even today, however, Robson has mixed emotions about Jackson, and told Lauer what he thinks of when he does think of the singer is: "Heartbreak, pain, anger and compassion.... The image that one presents to the world is not the whole explanation of who someone is. Michael Jackson was yes, an incredibly talented artist with an incredible gift. He was many things. And he was also a pedophile and a child sexual abuser."

Later, Robson offered a special statement to TODAY, addressing other sexual abuse victims:

"There are millions of survivors of child sexual abuse out there who are suffering in silence and/or denial, as was I. If my coming forward and speaking my truth can help even one victim gain the courage to speak their truth and begin the healing process, that would be more than I could ever ask.

"I want to say to those victims that under NO circumstances was it or is it EVER your decision or your fault that you were sexually abused. Please find a way to safely speak your truth because the healing process cannot begin until you do. It is not easy in the slightest but it is absolutely possible to heal and get your life back."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Spokane family's service dog finds bag of mysterious substance in yard

    Spokane family's service dog finds bag of mysterious substance in yard

    Sunday, October 22 2017 8:48 PM EDT2017-10-23 00:48:47 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One Spokane family has a message for the community: “Check your yards.” That’s because on Saturday morning, they discovered something pretty disturbing in their backyard. This happened near Chief Garry Park.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One Spokane family has a message for the community: “Check your yards.” That’s because on Saturday morning, they discovered something pretty disturbing in their backyard. This happened near Chief Garry Park.

    >>
  • Orlando couple shocked to find 63 lbs of marijuana included in Amazon order

    Orlando couple shocked to find 63 lbs of marijuana included in Amazon order

    Sunday, October 22 2017 2:49 PM EDT2017-10-22 18:49:19 GMT

    ORLANDO, Fla. - When a couple in Orlando, Florida, needed some storage bins they headed to Amazon to make the purchase, but as soon as the bins showed up at their doorstep, they knew something was off. When the couple opened the boxes, they found 63 lbs. of marijuana inside the bins. Orlando Police were called. They seized the drugs and launched an investigation. 

    >>

    ORLANDO, Fla. - When a couple in Orlando, Florida, needed some storage bins they headed to Amazon to make the purchase, but as soon as the bins showed up at their doorstep, they knew something was off. When the couple opened the boxes, they found 63 lbs. of marijuana inside the bins. Orlando Police were called. They seized the drugs and launched an investigation. 

    >>
  • Child's body found near missing 3-year-old Texas girl's home

    Child's body found near missing 3-year-old Texas girl's home

    Sunday, October 22 2017 6:06 PM EDT2017-10-22 22:06:08 GMT

    RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) - Police in a Dallas suburb say they've found the body of a small child not far from the home of a 3-year-old girl who's been missing since earlier this month. Richardson police say the child's body was discovered in a culvert as authorities using dogs searched for Sherin Mathews on Sunday morning.

    >>

    RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) - Police in a Dallas suburb say they've found the body of a small child not far from the home of a 3-year-old girl who's been missing since earlier this month. Richardson police say the child's body was discovered in a culvert as authorities using dogs searched for Sherin Mathews on Sunday morning.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Pennsylvania students miss school after teacher posts 'I'm buying a gun'

    Pennsylvania students miss school after teacher posts 'I'm buying a gun'

    Monday, October 23 2017 11:17 AM EDT2017-10-23 15:17:15 GMT

    BRENTWOOD, Pa. - A suburban Pittsburgh school district says a teacher's Facebook post about "buying a gun" caused parents to keep about 60 students home from school or pick them up early from an elementary school Friday. KDKA reports students at Moore Elementary in the Brentwood School District were also kept inside and borough police were notified. 

    >>

    BRENTWOOD, Pa. - A suburban Pittsburgh school district says a teacher's Facebook post about "buying a gun" caused parents to keep about 60 students home from school or pick them up early from an elementary school Friday. KDKA reports students at Moore Elementary in the Brentwood School District were also kept inside and borough police were notified. 

    >>
  • McCain issues veiled criticism of Trump's Vietnam deferment

    McCain issues veiled criticism of Trump's Vietnam deferment

    Monday, October 23 2017 10:38 AM EDT2017-10-23 14:38:55 GMT

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. John McCain has issued a veiled criticism of President Donald Trump's medical deferments that kept him from serving in the Vietnam War. In an interview with C-SPAN last week, McCain lamented that the military "drafted the lowest income level of America and the highest income level found a doctor that would say they had a bone spur." 

    >>

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. John McCain has issued a veiled criticism of President Donald Trump's medical deferments that kept him from serving in the Vietnam War. In an interview with C-SPAN last week, McCain lamented that the military "drafted the lowest income level of America and the highest income level found a doctor that would say they had a bone spur." 

    >>
  • Faniel wins Venice Marathon after leaders take wrong turn

    Faniel wins Venice Marathon after leaders take wrong turn

    Monday, October 23 2017 9:15 AM EDT2017-10-23 13:15:00 GMT

    VENICE - Italian Eyob Faniel won the Venice Marathon on Sunday after a bizarre incident in which the leading six runners took a wrong turn. Favorites Abdulahl Dawud, Gilbert Kipleting Chumba, Kipkemei Mutai and David Kiprono Metto were among the leading group which followed a motorcycle off the course after 25 kilometers (16 miles).

    >>

    VENICE - Italian Eyob Faniel won the Venice Marathon on Sunday after a bizarre incident in which the leading six runners took a wrong turn. Favorites Abdulahl Dawud, Gilbert Kipleting Chumba, Kipkemei Mutai and David Kiprono Metto were among the leading group which followed a motorcycle off the course after 25 kilometers (16 miles).

    >>