Lawyer, Robson on Pro-Jacko Offensive
Michael Jackson's lawyer went on the offensive for the besieged singer on Tuesday, calling the pop star "a pinata" for people looking for money.
Meanwhile, choreographer Wade Robson -- who has worked with Britney Spears and 'N Sync and has his own MTV series, "The Wade Robson Project" -- stepped out to defend the King of Pop, saying he once shared a bed with Jackson and nothing happened.
During a busy day in which new searches of Jackson associates were revealed, renowned lawyer Mark Geragos blasted attacks on his client, including recent news that Jackson was reportedly videotaped inside his plane while en route from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara, Calif., to surrender on charges of child molestation.
Geragos said Jackson had filed suit Tuesday against XtraJet, a private jet company that ferried him from Nevada to California the previous week, after a video surfaced that was reportedly filmed in secret during that trip. Geragos claimed the videotape offered concrete proof of the motivations behind Jackson's accusers, Reuters reports.
"If anybody doesn't think ... that the true motivation of these charges and allegations is anything but money and the seeking of money then they are living in their own Neverland," Geragos said. (Neverland is the name of Jackson's estate in Santa Barbara.)
The lawyer went on to add that Jackson would not be "a piñata for every person who has financial motives."
In other Jackson news, CNN reported that the Santa Barbara sheriff's deputies searched the offices of a Beverly Hills private detective hired by Jackson. Authorities also searched the home of Jackson's videographer, as well as other undisclosed locations.
Despite this news, Jackson found at least one other defender in Wade Robson, the 21-year-old choreographer and songwriter who met Jackson in 1987 when Robson was just 5. He tells Sydney's The Daily Telegraph that nothing unusual happened between them, Reuters reports.
When Robson was asked whether he slept in Jackson's bed, he said, "Yeah, but nothing strange happened." Robson said that although Jackson had no concept of reality, he did not behave in an untoward manner.
"(Jackson) just wanted something around that was simple -- to hang out with kids," says Robson.
Jackson is free on $3 million bond pending charges that he molested a young boy. He is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 9.
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