Recognized choreographer and "So You Think You Can Dance" star Wade Robson has filed a lawsuit against Michael Jackson's estate alleging "childhood sexual abuse."
In documents filed May 1, Robson, who has worked closely with Usher, P!nk, Britney Spears and more, alleges that he was abused by the late "King of Pop" and should be compensated under a "late creditor's claim" against the estate.
It's unclear when the abuse happened as Robson's complaint was filed under a seal, which makes details unavailable to the public.
Nonetheless, Wade Robson was connected with Michael Jackson. He actually met Jackson at the age of five and they developed a friendship that would lead to sleepovers at Jackson's homes, including the Neverland Ranch.
According to TMZ, Robson also testified on behalf of Michael Jackson in 2005, denying that he ever molested him.
"In the 2005 molestation trial, Jackson's former housekeeper, Blanca Francia, testified she witnessed Jackson in the shower with Wade when the boy was 8 or 9 years old," reports TMZ.
The world has been rocked by allegations of sexual abuse against the late singer Michael Jackson. Choreographer Wade Robson, a former child star who worked closely with the King of Pop for years, is bringing forward claims that he was sexually abused as a minor. He recently filed suit against Jackson’s estate in an attempt to get justice for his alleged suffering. This story is sure to spark debate and outrage as more details unfold.
Robson began working with Jackson when he was just 5-years-old, eventually becoming one of his most trusted collaborators throughout the 1990s. The two formed a close bond over their love of music and dancing, leading many to believe they were father and son. But now Robson alleges that during this time period he endured repeated instances of sexual assault at the hands of the pop icon. These accusations come after years of denial from Robson about any wrongdoings on behalf of Jackson, raising suspicion among those who followed their relationship closely.
At this point it remains unclear whether or not these allegations are true but what is certain is that there will be intense scrutiny surrounding how the courts handle such an explosive case involving one of the most beloved figures in entertainment history. It may take some time before we know for sure if justice will be served for both parties involved but you can rest assured we’ll keep you updated every step of the way.
Background Of The Case
The case of choreographer Wade Robson and his allegations of Michael Jackson’s sexual abuse has been in the news for years. In 2013, Robson filed a complaint against MJJ Productions as well as the Michael Jackson Estate claiming that he was sexually abused by the pop star when he was a child. The suit claimed that both entities had knowledge of the alleged abuse but failed to take action or stop it from occurring. This is not the first time that such accusations have been levied against Jackson, who died in 2009.
In this latest case, Robson seeks punitive damages and compensation for pain and suffering caused by the alleged abuse. He claims that he repressed memories of what occurred until 2012 when they resurfaced due to psychological trauma resulting from a divorce. It should be noted that in 2005, during an unrelated civil lawsuit involving Jackson, Robson testified under oath that he had never been molested by him. Now, however, after extensive therapy and soul-searching, he says he can no longer deny the truth about his experience with the singer/songwriter.
Robson’s legal claim states that Jackson’s estate must be held responsible for failing to protect him from harm despite having knowledge of its potential occurrence. As such, they are complicit in any damage done to him as a result of their negligence. Whether or not these charges will stand up in court remains to be seen; nevertheless, this case raises many troubling questions regarding how much responsibility those around celebrities bear concerning their behavior and actions towards minors entrusted into their care.
Allegations And Legal Action
Robson’s complaint is a painful reminder of the potential for abuse that comes with celebrity status and access to young people. His claims are shocking but unfortunately, not unheard of in Hollywood. He alleges that Jackson began grooming him when he was 7 years old by lavishing attention on him, which eventually led to physical contact and sexual acts over a period of seven years. Robson further contends that this behavior continued until he was 14 years old and had told his mother about it.
The Michael Jackson Estate has denied all allegations made against them and have attempted to get the case dismissed due to the statute of limitations having expired. However, Robson’s attorneys argue that California’s Child Victims Act should apply here as well since there would be evidence showing that those responsible knew or should have known what they were doing at the time; thus allowing an exception for filing suit after such a long delay.
This case demonstrates how difficult it can be to come forward with these types of accusations even decades later. It also serves as an example of why laws protecting victims from child abuse need to exist — so that they can seek justice no matter their age or situation.
In conclusion, the allegations of sexual abuse against Michael Jackson have been a long time coming. The fact that Wade Robson has stepped forward to make such serious claims is incredibly brave and commendable. He may be the first person to do so publicly, but hopefully he will not be the last. It is my hope that other survivors feel empowered by his actions and find strength in speaking out about their own experiences.
It remains to be seen what the results of this case will be, but it’s clear that many people are watching with interest and hoping for justice for Wade Robson. No matter the outcome of this legal battle, we must continue to support all victims of sexual assault as they seek healing and closure from these traumatic events. We owe it to them – and ourselves – to stand up for those who can’t fight back alone.