Michael Jackson became emboldened after settling his first sexual abuse lawsuit, claims Wade Robson.
In the final installment of the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, Robson claims that just days after Jackson and his team paid $23 million to settle a civil case amid claims of sexual assault and molestation, the singer whisked the Robson family off to his secluded estate outside Santa Barbara.
Once there, Robson claims he was raped and assaulted by the man he had told authorities just months before had never once touched him inappropriately or in a sexual manner.
At the time, Jackson was at the height of his fame, having performed at both Bill Clinton’s inauguration and the Super Bowl to kick off the year.
That was all shattered though by Jordan Chandler’s allegations and supporting testimony from Jackson employees, including a chauffeur who said he dropped the singer off at Chandler’s home for 30 straight nights at one point.
Kid: Wade Robson, then 11, said in the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland that he went to Michael Jackson’s estate outside Santa Barbara following his 1993 settlement (above Robson on TV defending Jackson in 1993)
Fame: At the time, Jackson was at the height of his fame, having performed at Bill Clinton’s inauguration that year (above in 1993 with Chelsea, Bill and Hillary)
Game: Jackson also performed at the Super Bowl just a few weeks later (above), and became the first singer to use holograms of himself in performance
‘My mom and I went to Neverland soon after [the settlement] for a few days,’ said Robson.
‘You know, the same physical scenario happened where mom stayed in one of the rooms in Neverland and I went up into Michael’s room and into Michael’s bed and the same sexual stuff happened all again.’
Robson also admitted that he felt good about the sexual assault because it meant he was back with Jackson after being cast aside for the previous two years.
‘Just first hearing that he wanted to see me, that he wanted me to come there, felt so good,’ said Robson.
‘I’m back, like we’re coming back together.’
A few months earlier, both Robson and James Safechuck had given depositions denying that they were ever abused or molested by Jackson.
‘I was excited by the idea of being able to defend him, and being able to save him,’ said Robson, who also gave a television interview defending Jackson alongside his sister and mother.
Loyal liar: Robson (above with his wife in 2005) would defend Jackson again in 2005
‘He asked me to testify,’ said Safechuck of the 1993 case.
‘I had rehearsed it so much, I was just going through the motions. They asked and I said no of course, just like part of my job to do that for Michael.’
Robson also confessed that he in some way wanted to punish the accuser in the case for taking his spot.
‘I knew it was true, but I couldn’t let myself go there – it just was like Jordy was the enemy,’ he explained.
He then added: ‘Michael told me that I had to lie and that’s what I did.’
Safechuck said that during this time, Jackson warned him that he might have to be seen with women, or appearing to be in a romantic couple – but it was all for show.
He also bought the Safechucks a house after they testified in support of him in the Chandler case.
‘He would just call every once in a while. He gave me a car when I turned 16. I was very much into filmmaking and he got me filmmaking classes,’ explains Safechuck of his relationship with Jackson as he entered his teenage years.
Jackson then urged the boy to cut back on his high school classes.
Accuser: Jackson paid Jordan Chandler (above in sunglasses at EuroDisney in 1992) a reported $23 million to avoid a sexual abuse trial after Chandler, then 13, alleged Jackson assaulted him
Gal pals: Jackson also went on some very public dates around this time with Madonna (left in 1991) and Brooke Shields (right in 1993 before the trial)
‘Michael tells you you don’t need school, no one who ever did anything good went to school,’ explains Safechuck.
‘And he talked to my parents because I was in some of the advanced classes and he said you don’t need math.’
Safechuck then reveals: ‘So he convinced my parents to pull me out of some of the advanced classes.’
And once Safechuck was out of those classes, Jackson reassured the family by stating: ‘Don’t worry, I’ll be there.’
He was not there for very long though, with Jackson shocking many when he announced in 1994 that he had married Lisa Marie Presley.
‘He is making you depend on him, like don’t go get an education, I’ll take care of it,’ explains Safechuck.
‘And then when he went away it pretty much derailed and I was kind of lost.’