“Leaving Neverland” contained some damning allegations against Michael Jackson from Wade Robson and James Safechuck, both of which have accused the King of Pop of sexually abusing them as kids. But the two-part, four-hour film that premiered on HBO Sunday and Monday night, also provided creepy details about how the singer appeared in the men's life as they got older — when Jackson allegedly wanted something.
Robson, now 36, met Jackson as an amateur child dancer and eventually turned his passion and skill for dance into a star-studded career by his teens.
“[Jackson] helped me tremendously. He helped me with my career,” Robson says during part one of the documentary. “He helped me with my creativity, with all of these sorts of things. And he also sexually abused me. For seven years.”
A then-16-year-old Robson got a bigtime break when Spears hired him to choreograph her first major tour, according to a 2003 People Magazine profile of Robson. When Spears saw Robson for the first time, she allegedly shouted: “He’s a friggin’ baby!”
Robson’s work led to the two collaborating for several years, including on her hits “Oops! I Did It Again” as well as her Super Bowl 2001 performance, according to Cosmopolitan. The pair was also rumored to have dated at one point.
But Robson, who claims in “Leaving Neverland” that he was sexually abused by Jackson from the age of 7 to 14, said that even after his alleged sexual relationship with Jackson ended, Jackson would still contact him — and ask about Spears.
Watch The Jury Speaks: Michael Jackson on Oxygen, Saturday, March 9 at 9/8c
“Michael had some sort of obsession with Britney,” Robson says in part two of the documentary. “And he would call me, and he would want to know what it was like working with her, what she was like, and, 'Isn’t she sexy, isn’t she beautiful?'”
Robson said his conversations led to Jackson trying to get him to set up a meeting between him and Spears, as well as more explicit topics.
“And in those conversations as well Michael was really interested in my sexual life with girls,” Robson says. “I remember that being just really weird, considering Michael and I’s whole sexual history. There’s a weird pull, because while at the same time, I mean, I still loved him deeply.”
Jackson and Spears would eventually go on to perform together on stage in 2001, during a duet of Jackson’s hit “The Way You Make Me Feel.” Spears also paid tribute to the star after his death, according to E! Online.
Get all your true crime news from Oxygen. Coverage of the latest true crime stories and famous cases explained, as well as the best TV shows, movies and podcasts in the genre. And don't miss our own podcast, Martinis & Murder!