Choreographer Wade Robson's sexual abuse lawsuit alleging he was molested by Michael Jackson was dismissed by a judge earlier this week. The court found that the two Jackson-owned businesses, which were the remaining defendants following the King of Pop's 2009 death, were not liable for Wade's exposure to the singer.
However, according to the Page Six, the judge did not rule on the credibility of the 35-year-old dancer's allegations. Wade's attorney also said he strongly disagrees and plans to file an appeal on his client's behalf. Wade met Michael when he was just five years old and appeared in several of his music videos, but strongly maintained he was never molested by the "Thriller" star during his 2005 criminal trial.
Wade with wife Amanda Rodriguez at Michael's 2005 court case. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
His story changed in 2013 when he sued Michael's estate, claiming he was molested frequently over a seven-year period. Wade revealed he was finally ready to come forward after welcoming his son, Koa, two years prior. "This is not a case of repressed memory," he said on The Today Show. "I have never forgotten one moment of what Michael did to me, but I was psychologically and emotionally completely unable and unwilling to understand that it was sexual abuse."
Wade also explained why he lied on the stand and is adamant he was not bribed. "It was complete manipulation [by Michael] and brainwashing," he added. "He would role play and train me for these [trial] scenarios."
He continued, "I've lived in silence and denial for 22 years and I can't spend another moment in that... I'm never going to go away with this for the sake of money. I'm never going to be silenced for money. That's not going to happen."
Michael's attorney said in a statement following the ruling that he believes the court made the right decision and that "Mr. Robson’s allegations, made 20 plus years after they supposedly occurred and years after Mr. Robson testified twice under oath — including in front of a jury — that Michael Jackson had never done anything wrong to him was always about the money rather than a search for the truth."
However, there is way more to Wade than his ongoing court case. Keep reading to find out more.
You definitely know Wade Robson's choreography!
The dancer is the creative genius behind some of the biggest names in pop music — including 'NSYNC and Britney Spears. He choreographed the boy band's No Strings Attached tour in 2001 ("Bye, Bye, Bye" anyone?) and Britney's python moment at the VMAs was all his idea. Fun fact: he also co-wrote four songs with Justin Timberlake for the group's album Celebrity — including "Pop" — where he makes a cameo in the music video — and "Gone."
Did Wade Robson and Britney Spears date?
Wade and the "Toxic" singer were never a couple, but it has been reported that Britney cheated on her then-boyfriend Justin with the Australian dancer. So, we have Wade to thank for another Justin classic: "Cry Me a River."
He had his own TV show!
If Wade looks familiar to you, you probably recognize him from the short-lived MTV show, The Wade Robson Project. The series aired in 2003 and had a dance-battle theme. Honestly, we think it's time for a reboot. He has also appeared on So You Think You Can Dance as a choreographer and guest judge — and won two Emmys for dances he choreographed for the FOX reality show.
Wade Robson's net worth:
According to Celebrity Net Worth, he is worth $2 million, which is not surprising. Wade has been working since the age of five and even taught dance classes in Hollywood at the age of 11. By 14, he was choreographing professionally and was hired by Britney for her first U.S. tour at 19. Today, you can follow Wade on Instagram — and even sign up for one of his dance classes!