Date: February 17, 2019
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“When Michael Jackson died in 2009, Wade Robson – the former choreographer whose allegations of abuse are at the center of a controversial new documentary, Leaving Neverland – wrote in tribute to his friend:
‘Michael Jackson changed the world and, more personally, my life forever. He is the reason I dance, the reason I make music, and one of the main reasons I believe in the pure goodness of humankind. He has been a close friend of mine for 20 years. His music, his movement, his personal words of inspiration and encouragement and his unconditional love will live inside of me forever. I will miss him immeasurably, but I know that he is now at peace and enchanting the heavens with a melody and a moonwalk.’
Robson was twenty-seven years old at the time. Four years earlier, he testified at Jackson’s 2005 trial (as an adult) that nothing sexual ever happened between them. Prior to the trial Robson hadn’t seen Jackson for years and was under no obligation to be a witness for the defense. He faced a withering cross-examination, understanding the penalty of perjury for lying under oath. But Robson adamantly, confidently, and credibly asserted that nothing sexual ever happened.
In Robson’s case, decades after the alleged incidents took place, he was barbecuing with Michael Jackson and his children. He was asking for tickets to the artist’s memorial. He was participating in tributes. ‘I still have my mobile phone with his number in it’, Robson wrote in 2009, ‘I just can’t bear the thought of deleting his messages.’
Then, suddenly, after twenty years, his story changed and with his new claims came a $1.5 billion dollar lawsuit.”
Gone Too Soon: