*Choreographer Wade Robson’s allegations that he was sexually abused as a child by Michael Jackson are set to go before a court next year.
Wade testified on behalf of the King of Pop at his 2005 child molestation trial, but has since changed his story and claims Jackson molested him for seven years when he was a child and that he was “brainwashed” by the singer to defend him in court.
Now the case will go to trial on June 2, 2014 to determine whether or not Robson’s claim against Jackson’s estate has any merit. Reps for the estate argue that Robson’s bid is too far past the deadline for claims and is undermined by the fact the singer is now deceased, writing, “Any further investigation into the factual allegations of the Petition will necessarily be compromised considerably by the untimeliness of the allegations.”
Jackson was killed by an overdose of the anesthetic Propofol in June, 2009. Dr. Conrad Murray is currently serving a jail sentence for involuntary manslaughter for administering the drug.
*TMZ is reporting that Wade Robson, the choreographer who now claims Michael Jackson molested him for 7 years, had a nervous breakdown in March, 2011 that released the memory.
Multiple sources close to the Robson family tell the website that Robson had anxiety that was building during most of 2010, and it exploded in March, 2011. He had a debilitating nervous breakdown that pushed him into complete seclusion and torpedoed his career.
After the breakdown, Robson was unable to work and fulfill his commitments, according to TMZ. He had a number of contracts that he ended up breaching, including his promise to write three songs. Our sources say he lost “a ton of money” and has earned almost nothing since.
Following the breakdown, Robson saw a psychotherapist for several weeks, and that’s all it took for the floodgates to open, reports TMZ. Robson then told his family Michael Jackson had molested him from ages 7 to 14.
Sources say shortly after Robson revealed his secret to friends and family he planned to file a lawsuit against Michael Jackson’s Estate.
*The sermon was called “The Polished Shaft,” and in the many times that Jack Schaap, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hammond, had delivered it, it was the kind of showstopper that made him a rock star to his flock, says BCNN1.com. (Or would have, had Schaap not habitually railed against the evils of rock music.)
As with most of his sermons at the northwest Indiana megachurch–the 14th largest in the country and the biggest Independent Baptist house of worship in the nation–the message struck as bluntly as a pounded nail: Submit to God’s plan for your life or be snapped like a twig and flung away (as Schaap would demonstrate by cracking a stick over his head, tossing it aside, and barking, “Next!”).
When you do submit, be prepared to endure excruciating pain. God will hold a metaphorical knife to your throat (as Schaap would illustrate by holding a steel blade against a twig the way an assailant might press on a jugular). Only then, he would growl, will you become a “polished shaft”: one suitable for God’s bow.
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*“I want people to know that they are safe from Paul Hawksley.”
The child that Hawksley repeatedly and forcibly raped eight years ago has been waiting years to be able to say that, says the Taunton Daily Gazette.
After coming forward in 2010 with his story of sexual abuse at the hands of an Easton church youth leader, the young man, whose name is not being published because he is the victim of a sex crime, has watched the criminal case against Hawksley wend slowly through the justice system.
When he heard the verdict on Monday – guilty on all counts – he cried.
“I was in tears. I was overjoyed,” he said in a phone interview with The Enterprise. “I’m working on putting back the pieces and getting my life back together. This gets me a lot closer. Closure is what I’m feeling now.”
Hawksley, 43, of Mansfield, was convicted in Fall River Superior Court on one count of rape of a child with force, two counts of statutory rape of a child and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Hawksley volunteered as a youth leader for the Free Evangelical Fellowship church in Easton in 2003 and 2004, working with sixth-grade boys, whom he befriended.
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*Since coming out about her past, Vanessa Williams is sharing her story with the world.
She talked about being molested as a child on “Nightline,” saying she also became pregnant as a teen but elected to have an abortion.
“Being pregnant is the most frightening thing that happens in your life,” says the 49-year-old. “I knew in high school that’s something that I was not prepared to do, or fight, or struggle with.”
She credited her over-sexualized past, however, on a lot of decisions she made in her youth.
“I think I was highly sexualized because I was in fifth grade and I had this experience,” she explained. “Because it feels good, you’re like, OK, well this is supposed to be normal. That’s not normal for a 10-year-old to be seduced.”
he former Miss World, who lost her title after a nude photo scandal, discusses her painful past further in her upcoming memoir, “You Have No Idea.”
*Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston is under siege after a former volunteer filed a $10 million lawsuit for negligence, claiming molestation accusations stemming from 2010 ruined his reputation.
In Feb. 2010, a fellow volunteer accused Daniel Alvaro Guzman, now 26, of sexually molesting an 8-year-old autistic boy during children’s ministry at Lakewood Church, says the Christian Post.
At the time of the charge, prosecutor Tina Ansari told ABC News 13 that one of two other chaperones allegedly “observed [Guzman] picking up an eight-year-old boy and touching him on his genital area.”
Guzman was arrested and charged nearly a year later, in May 2011, with one count of indecency with a child and released on $10,000 bail. Guzman was cleared of the charges in July 2011, when a Harris County grand jury declined to indict him.
Guzman is now suing the mega-church, led by televangelist Osteen, for not properly investigating or responding to the molestation allegations.
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