Two men who were allegedly sexually abused by Michael Jackson when they were children reveal details about the abuse.
Two men have come out to say that they were abused “hundreds” of times by Michael Jackson, from the ages of seven and ten.
Wade Robson, 36, told the BBC that the internationally acclaimed pop singer had sexually abused him from the age of seven and tried to rape him when he was 14. The other victim James Safechuck, 40, said Jackson had sexually abused him “from the age of 10 until around 14”.
Meanwhile, Jackson’s family say there’s “not one piece of evidence” to prove the claims. The two men have also spoken out in the documentary Leaving Neverland that premiered at Sundance Festival in January.
Asked if the abuse had occurred “hundreds and hundreds of times”, both Mr. Robson and Mr. Safechuck agreed that this had been the case.
Mr. Robson said, “Every time I was with him, every time I stayed the night with him, he abused me.”Jackson had fondled him, “touching my entire body”, and made him watch the singer performing a sex act and then when he was 14, Jackson had tried to rape him.”That was one of the last sexual abuse experiences we had,” he noted.
Jackson had groomed him to believe they “loved each other – and this is how we show our love”, he said.
“And then he would immediately follow that up with, ‘But If anybody else ever found out what we are doing, you and I would go to jail for the rest of our lives and our lives would fall apart,’ he and I would fall apart,” Mr. Robson told the BBC.
Mr. Robson said Jackson had told him “I was his best friend and the only person he had ever done these sexual acts with”.”So, therefore, I was – out of all the boys in the world – the chosen one, I thought,” he said.
Mr. Safechuck also said that his abuse had begun with Jackson teaching him how to perform a sex act, at the age of 10. He added that Jackson had been able to abuse him over such a sustained period of time because he had also successfully groomed his parents.
“There’s a long grooming process where Michael inserts himself into your family and becomes a part of your family,” he said.”It takes him a while to build up the trust – it doesn’t happen overnight.”And he then “makes a wedge between you and your parents – and he isolates you from everybody else”.
He had driven “this wedge between myself and my father, [and] my mother and my father” to make it easier for the abuse to occur, he continued.
In response, Michael Jackson’s brothers Tito, Marlon and Jackie, and nephew Taj Jackson rejected the claims in Leaving Neverland which will be aired this month that the singer had abused children.
Michael Jackson’s estate, meanwhile said Mr. Robson and Mr. Safechuck had previously “testified under oath that these events never occurred”.