“He abused us hundreds of times.”
Two men have told the BBC that the late pop star Michael Jackson abused them since they were 7 and 10 years old, respectively.
Wade Robson, now 36, told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire program that the singer sexually abused him from the age of 7 and tried to rape him at 14.
James Safechuck, who is 40 years old, also related to the program that the sexual abuse of Jackson happened between the ages of 10 and 14.
Jackson’s family claims that “there is not a single piece of evidence” to prove these allegations.
The two men also gave their testimony in the controversial documentary “Leaving Neverland.”
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“Every time I was with him, every time I spent the night with him, he abused from my“, Robson told the BBC program.
“Jackson stroked me, touched my whole body,” he said. And he forced him to see the singer performing a sexual act, he said.
Then, when he was 14 years old, Jackson tried to rape him, he denounced.
“Let’s show our love”
“That was one of the last sexual incidents we had,” Robson told the BBC.
Jackson had suggested them to believe it was mutual love. “And this is the way we show our love,” Jackson said.
“And then right after, he would say, ‘If someone found out what we were doing, you and I would go to jail for the rest of our lives and our lives would be destroyed,’” Robson continued.
“All of that was horrifying to me.”
“The idea of being separated from Michael, this man, this supernatural figure who to me was a god who had become my best friend … There was no way I was going to do anything to separate us.”
“He told me that I was his best friend and the only person with whom he had done these sexual acts.”
“So I, of all the children in the world, was the chosen one, I thought,” he explained.
For his part, James Safechuck told the program that the abuse began when Jackson taught him to perform a sexual act at age 10.
“Then you start kissing yourself with the tongue. He told me that I had taught him to do that,” Safechuck said.
All this was followed by more abuse and other sexual acts.
Safechuck explained that Jackson was able to abuse him steadily for so long because he also cheated on his parents.
“It is a long process of suggestion in which Michael fits into your family and it becomes part of it, “he said.
“It took him a while to build trust. It didn’t happen overnight.”
And then “creates a separation between you and your parents, and isolates you from others.”
“As you are being abused, part of you is dying,” Safechuck said.
Robson also described Jackson as a “master manipulator.”
He also pointed out that part of the responsibility for the abuse should fall “on all the other people, all the other employees that were around Michael and me and James all the time and they turned a blind eye“.
In response, Michael Jackson’s brothers Tito, Marlon and Jackie, and their nephew Taj Jackson rejected the allegations of sexual abuse made in the documentary “Leaving Neverland.”
Taj said that his uncle’s behavior had seemed curious to some, but that he was “very innocent”, adding: “His naivety was his destruction.”
And Marlon indicated that “there is not a single piece of evidence” to support those allegations.
Meanwhile, the entity that manages Michael Jackson’s estate said that previously Robson and Safechuck had “declared under oath that these events never occurred”.
“They have not provided any independent evidence and absolutely no evidence to support their accusations, which means that the entire documentary revolves around the word of two perjurers,” he concluded.
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