Wade Robson says Michael Jackson sexually abused him from age seven to 14 in an interview with the “Today Show” on Thursday.
Robson tells Matt Lauer he denied Jackson abused him when he testified the pop star’s 2005 molestation trial because Jackson manipulated and brainwashed him.
Now he is changing his story.
“There are millions of survivors of child sexual abuse out there who are suffering in silence and/or denial, as was I. If my coming forward and speaking my truth can help even one victim gain the courage to speak their truth and begin the healing process, that would be more than I could ever ask.
“I want to say to those victims that under NO circumstances was it or is it EVER your decision or your fault that you were sexually abused. Please find a way to safely speak your truth because the healing process cannot begin until you do. It is not easy in the slightest but it is absolutely possible to heal and get your life back.”
Wade Robson says the only reason he’s now changing his story … accusing Michael Jackson of sexually abusing him for 7 years is because Michael engaged in a campaign of manipulation to keep him silent, especially during MJ’s 2005 child molestation trial.
Robson went on NBC Today and said, Michael “performed sexual acts on me and forced me to perform sexual acts on him” from the age of 7 … until Robson was 14.
Robson claimed he testified in 2005 that Michael did NOT sexually abuse him because Michael told him what they were doing was “an expression of love” … and added, “if you ever tell anyone what we’re doing both of our lives and our careers will be over.”
TMZ broke the story … Robson filed a creditor’s claim against Michael Jackson’s estate last week, insisting MJ sexually abused him during his childhood for years, but according to sources he didn’t take action until he saw a therapist following a nervous breakdown.
Robson referenced the breakdown on Today, saying … “For the first time in my life I began to realize that my completely numb and unexplored feelings in relation to what Michael did to me might be a problem and maybe I need to speak to someone about it.”
Interestingly, Robson denied repressing memories of the alleged abuse … instead saying he was merely “psychologically and emotionally completely unable and unwilling to understand that it was sexual abuse.”
Robson added he doesn’t excuse the alleged abuse, but he believed Michael was a “troubled man” who was an amazing talent, but “also a pedophile.”
Michael Jackson’s estate has told TMZ Robson’s allegations are an “outrageous and pathetic” money grab.
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