Michael Jackson trial: Star allegedly spent $35 million to silence 24 boys, could help Wade Robson's case
NY Daily News
June 30, 2013
The King of Pop's former child pal wants his lawyers to reach out to the FBI about secret documents from a private investigator that are said to show just how much was spent by the star over the molestation charges.
Michael Jackson trial: “Wade knows that if he stands shoulder to shoulder with another accuser, he might be viewed more sympathetically,” says a source.
Michael Jackson's attempt to silence children he allegedly molested could bolster a lawsuit brought by another accuser.
A choreographer and former child pal of the late King of Pop, Wade Robson, ordered his lawyers Sunday to contact the FBI about secret documents compiled by a private investigator that reportedly revealed Jackson spent $35 million to silence 24 boys, sources told the Daily News.
Robson, 30, sued the Jackson estate in May, seeking court approval to file a late claim for seven years of alleged sexual abuse that occurred when he was a starstruck boy palling around with his idol.
“He feels his case could be helped if he could get another child or even more to come out and accuse Michael of similar crimes,” the source said. “It has been over 20 years, but right now his prime concern is to build a case to show the world he is in the right.”
A separate source also charged that Jackson paid millions to cover up his disturbing affection for children. The revelation was first reported by London’s Sunday People.
Absolutely, people have been paid, there’s no question,” a second source told the Daily News. That source said Robson’s family was not among the 24 who allegedly accepted secret cash payments from Jackson to keep quiet about molestation.
The hush money ranged from $2 million to one family to $20 million to the family of Jordan Chandler, the source said. Jordan, who settled a claim against Jackson in 1993, befriended the “Thriller” singer when he was 13.
In 2005, Robson was a key witness who helped clear Jackson of molestation charges. He now attributes the favorable testimony to Jackson’s “brainwashing.”
A lawyer for the Jackson estate refused to comment.
Meanwhile, Michael’s ex Debbie Rowe thanked supporters of her daughter, Paris Jackson, 15, following her suicide bid June 5. “My daughter has asked that I extend a huge thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers and support. She is strong like her father,” Rowe tweeted.