Wade Robson, the Aussie choreographer who says he was sexually abused by Michael Jackson, has defended his decision to sue the performer's estate.
Here's an interview with Robson. Source: today.com
Michael Jackson has been accused of being a "pedophile" who abused a young boy from the ages of seven to 14.
Choreographer Wade Robson filed legal documents on May 1 asking for money from the Michael Jackson Estate in compensation for childhood molestation at the hands of the late pop star - who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009 - and has now opened up about the alleged abuse.
Speaking on the Today show, Wade said he "was scared psychologically and emotionally completely unable and unwilling to understand that it was sexual abuse.
"This is not a case of repressed memory. I never forgot one moment of what Michael did to me.
"He performed sexual acts on me and forced me to perform sexual acts on him.
"It was complete manipulation and brainwashing. He would role-play and train me for these scenarios.
"There is no excuse for what he did to me, but he was a troubled man...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."
While Wade - who was one of the witnesses at Michael's child molestation trial in 2005, and his testimony, along with those of his sister and mother, were said to be instrumental in the 'Billie Jean' star's acquittal - has been called a liar by Michael's friend and family for the new allegations, he insists he is telling the truth.
The married father-of-one said: "The idea that I would make all of this up and put my wife, my son, my entire family through this extremely stressful and painful experience all for the sake of money? That's completely incomprehensible.
"I've lived in silence and denial for 22 years...In order to fully heal, I have to speak the truth and I have to speak the whole truth."