by VVN Music
Wade Robson, the choreographer and director who has appeared on his own MTV show and So You Think You Can Dance, has made a new move in his suit against the estate of Michael Jackson.
Robson filed suit against the estate in 2013, alleging that he had been a protege of Jackson between the ages of 7 and 14 during which time the singer had sexually abused him. The civil trial is expected to start in March of next year.
During the 90's and 2000's, Jackson fought a number of accusations that Jackson had abused young boys that had spent time at his Neverland Ranch. In 2005, he stood trial on charges but was acquitted of all counts. Still, over these years, there were a few cases where the singer reportedly paid large sums of cash in exchange for an agreement of silence.
Those payouts are the focus of Robson and his lawyers focus. Lead council, John C. Manly of Manly, Stewart and Finaldi said that they would like the Jackson estate to release the families involved from their confidentiality agreements so they can tell their story. "If Michael Jackson truly had nothing to hide, then the Jackson Estate should have nothing to fear from allowing the families they paid off to speak out freely."
Manly has sent a letter to the Jackson estate, pointing out that it is "illegal to make a child sex abuse settlement confidential" and that "many large institutions in the business of protecting children have publicly released alleged victims from their confidentiality obligations when child molestation allegations have been settled."
"It is widely recognized that only in secrecy can child sex abuse flourish and continue."
The full letter can be seen here.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Choreographer Wade Robson Calls on the Michael Jackson Estate to Release Gag Agreements With Possibly Abused Boys
by VVN Music