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Wade Robson: 'Michael Jackson Performed Sexual Acts On Me'
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Choreographer Wade Robson has done an explosive interview on the Today Show in the US, regarding allegations he was sexually abused by Michael Jackson when a child.
The 30 year-old filed a civil case claiming he'd been abused by the singer earlier this month and speaking about the allegations told Matt Lauer the star was a "paedophile and a child sexual abuser".
The Australian born star, who was a visitor at the Jackson's Neverland ranch from the age of seven until 14, claimed he "lived in silence," for 22 years after finally coming forward.
Shooting down previous claims he made the allegations due to memory loss, Robson said: "This is not a case of repressed memory. 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."
When Lauer asked what he meant by "sexual abuse", Robson said: "He performed sexual acts on me and forced me to perform sexual acts on him."
Explaining further, he claimed the Thriller star used "manipulation and brainwashing," to coerce him into performing sexual acts.
He added: "He would role play and train me for these (trial) scenarios."
Robson's claims have been criticised by the Jackson family, especially after he testified in court during Jackson's 2005 child molestation trial that the star had never touched him. But the dance expert who has worked with the likes of Britney Spears and Demi Lovato before defended accusations he was only making the claims now to "cash in," when the Jackson family are currently suing concert promoter AEG live for millions, who they claim were responsible for the singer's death in 2009.
Michael Jackson with Wade Robson in the years the alleged abuse took place (Splash News)
Defending himself, Robson claimed: "The idea that I would make all of this up and put myself, my wife, my entire family though this is extremely incomprehensible."
"I feel strong, I feel like this is the right thing to do because this is my truth," he added.
Asked why he'd waiting until now to come forward he said: "Because I've lived in silence and denial for 22 years, I can't spend another moment in that. In order to truly heal. I'm never going to go away with this. I'm never going to be silenced."
When the suit was filed a lawyer for Jackson told TMZ the claims were completely unfounded.
"Mr. Robson's claim is outrageous and pathetic," Howard Weitzman said.
"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."