By Laura Ferreiro
Robson, now 30, danced in many of Jackson's videos during the height of the "Billie Jean" singer's popularity and frequently visited the King of Pop at his home in Neverland Ranch, Calif. as a boy. He recently came forward to claim that he was sexually abused by Jackson between the ages of seven and 14.
Robson's claims have been met with skepticism because he testified in court during Jackson's child molestation trial in 2005 that he was not in fact sexually abused, and the singer was subsequently acquitted of all charges. But Robson recently changed his tune, telling Matt Lauer on the "Today" show that Jackson was a pedophile and an abuser, and that he finally gained the courage to come forward after undergoing therapy and having his own son.
"I became a father two and a half years ago to this beautiful baby boy, and during the first 18 months of his life I collapsed into two nervous breakdowns, terrifying nervous breakdowns," he said.
"At that point, I had no idea what was going on. And for the first time in my life, I began to realize that my completely numb and unexplored feelings about what Michael did to me might be a problem, and maybe I need to speak to somebody about it."
During the 2005 trial, housekeeper Blanca Francia testified that she saw Jackson and Robson showering together when Robson was seven or eight years old in the late '80s, but that steam from the shower prevented her from seeing what was going on. Now, according to UK newspaper the Daily Mirror, she has been approached by Robson to testify at his abuse civil lawsuit and has agreed to do so, stating she has always believed that Jackson behaved inappropriately and abused her own young son, Jason.
"Michael Jackson abused Wade. My opinion has never wavered. We have been through a lot since then," Francia said.
"[Wade’s lawyers] would have to subpoena me to appear in the court case, but I would tell the same story. I will talk to them. I am still in shock that this has all happened."
Robson filed a civil suit against the singer's estate earlier this month claiming he was abused. This suit gets underway as the Jackson family's wrongful death suit against concert giant AEG Live continues in Los Angeles court.
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