Wade Robson, the Judge’s Ruling and Coincidences in Robson’s Case
By now everybody already knows that the judge dismissed Wade Robson’s creditor’s claim against the Estate for reasons that it was filed too late and Robson’s lawyers’ reference to “equitable estoppel” did not apply.
Judge Mitchell Beckloff’s ruling came on May 26, 2015 and to be honest it didn’t seem to me reason enough for too much elation as it was a well-expected outcome – it couldn’t be any different if the judge just followed the law and created no precedents specially for Robson.
And the judge did follow the law and created no precedent specially for Robson, and the only question here is why it took him two years to make a decision which was expected of him anyway. The only plausible explanation here is that the judge studied the case inside out, so no one can say now that he treated the matter superficially.
Some circumstances around Robson’s claim and some facts in the judge’s ruling seemed interesting to me and this is what I would like to share with you in this post.
And I will limit myself to just a couple of notes.
1) The reaction of Robson’s lawyer Maryann Marzano (Gradstein & Marzano) was that the ruling is going to be appealed and the civil lawsuit filed by Robson against Michael Jackson’s corporations still holds. The same is true for Safechuck’s two cases (probate and civil), so all in all three cases still remain.
This brings us to the following package of lawsuits that will keep everyone busy for the next few years:
- Robson probate claim against MJ/MJ Estate – dismissed (to be appealed)
- Safechuck probate claim against MJ/MJ Estate – ongoing. Next hearing is set for July 21 2015
- Robson civil case against MJJ Productions/MJJ Ventures – ongoing. Next hearing is June 30 2015
- Safechuck civil case against MJJ Productions/MJJ Ventures – ongoing
Some people wonder who is funding so massive an amount of work and for almost two years too and are hinting at a benefactor behind Robson/Safechuck. Others think that the job of their legal attorneys is contingency-based (this is when lawyers are not paid and get a percentage of the settlement if they win the case).
It may be either way, but if the appeal mentioned by Maryann Marzano indeed takes place the payment situation around this litigation will become much clearer. Appeals are never done on a free-of-charge basis – it is expensive business and requires a lot of funds, so if it comes to that stage the question about a sponsor behind the two not-so-wealthy guys will get a definite answer and it will only remain to find out who this entity is.
Let us never allow this point to escape our attention and proceed to another Marzano’s statement.
2) Besides her ritual exclamations about the horrible Michael Jackson and calling him names Marzano also thought it necessary to note that Beckloff’s ruling “did not make any determination about whether Robson’s allegations were factual”.
Same as the exclamations this remark was totally unnecessary for a professional lawyer as it only misled the public into thinking that the judge was supposed to make such a determination – however nothing of the kind was even expected of the judge. He was handling a probate creditor’s case and his job was to decide whether Robson had or had no right to file a late claim if it exceeded all possible statutes of limitations.
After reading the judge’s ruling I now see a very valid reason for such statutes – the collection of all creditor’s claims takes place within a certain period of time and then stops to make the distribution of the decedent’s assets expeditious and avoid a situation when there is a need to redistribute them once again if some stale claim arrives years later. Otherwise the redistribution process will never end and may even involve litigation among the “distributees” of the estate (those who have already received their share).
Citing several cases the judge said about it:
- “Probate Code section 9000 et seq. operate to ensure that stale creditors‘ claims will not be presented years later.” (..) As noted earlier, the Probate Code’s claim statutes are designed to prevent stale claims and promote “expeditious distribution of the assets of a decedent’s estate.” (…) Plaintiff’s position would open probate estate administration to substantial uncertainty and possible delay as well as the potential for litigation against distributees of an estate.
Robson’s supporters play a naïve card and claim that he was late with his claim because he is a lay-person who genuinely didn’t understand a distinction between the “administration” of the Estate and the Estate itself.
Well, I don’t know what the “administration” of the Estate means either (possibly collection of all creditor’s claims), but in a situation when all media were screaming about Michael’s debts and creditors were lining up to the Estate with their demands for money, it was impossible not to notice that the Estate was administering those matters. And if it wasn’t the Estate, then who was? Katherine Jackson or Joe?
3) Another point promoted by Robson’s supporters is that he did not realize that it was possible to make a claim against the Estate until it was explained to him by his lawyer.
This sounds plausible enough, however the judge noted that Probate Code specially focuses on situations like that and says that the 60-day period allowed for making a claim starts not from the moment the claimant learns that he has a cause for legal action, but from the moment he knows/remembers the “fact” that may give rise to a complaint.
According to Robson’s mad version he always knew and remembered that he had been “raped” but he “didn’t know” that it was molestation and realized it only when he spoke to his therapist (May 8, 2012) who was evidently the first to explain it to the poor guy.
The judge’s ruling says that this was the moment when Robson officially “knew” of the “fact” and this is all that matters here:
- Undisputed fact 30 establishes that plaintiff knew of the facts reasonably giving rise to the existence of the claim no later than May 8, 2012. (This is the date that plaintiff disclosed the alleged sexual abuse to another person, his therapist. Probate Code section 9103, subd. (a) (2)’s focus is on knowledge of the facts reasonably giving rise to the existence of the claim, not knowledge that the creditor has a cause of action. As acknowledged by plaintiff in these proceedings, plaintiff’s claim is not one involving repressed memory.)
Same as the judge I will not analyze here the essence of Robson’s story and will just say that after his sensational self-discovery he still had two months for consulting a lawyer and finding out whether he could file a claim.
If we regard May 8, 2012 as a starting moment for his knowledge of the “fact”, the deadline for making a claim would be July 7, 2012. The judge said about it:
- July 7, 2012 is the date on which 60 days would have run from the time that plaintiff had knowledge of (1) the administration of the estate and (2) the facts reasonably giving rise to the existence of the claim. (This finding is based on the undisputed facts set forth above.)
In their court documents Robson’s lawyers argued that they did follow the 60 days rule, only they were calculating it from the date when Robson consulted a lawyer (and not knowing the “fact”) and according to Robson it was March 4, 2013:
And it is at this point that we learn that Robson lied not only about his so-called molestation by MJ, but also about the time he sought legal advice for the first time.
The judge’s ruling disclosed an extraordinary fact previously unknown to us. This fact leads us to believe that Robson contacted lawyers (not necessarily Granstein & Marzano) and began planning legal action against MJ’s Estate much earlier than March 4, 2013 – at least in the summer of 2012.
And please don’t take this piece of news lightly – you can’t even imagine how important it is.
The judge’s ruling quotes a certain email sent by Robson on September 7, 2012 to over 30 people referring to some “very personal information”, “truth of his past” and an “extremely sensitive legal matter”.
The text of this email is unavailable to us but the reason for sending it to so many people is obvious – the email looks like a signal to Robson’s inner circle to “stop talking” as an extremely sensitive legal matter is on the way.
It is also quite possible that it was after this email that his mother took off for Australia and his sister started selling out her MJ memorabilia on the web – it was already in September 2012 that Robson’s plan began to be implemented.
The discovery of this email was a huge blow to Robson’s official story and this is why some commenters were surprised that Robson mentioned that email himself.
There is no reason for surprise, guys. Judging by the time of his comment (March 31, 2015) at that moment Robson already knew that his email was in possession of the other side and this forced him to give at least some explanation to it – naturally withholding the most essential part of the text.
The email was mentioned on March 31, 2015 in an article that provided the following timeline for Robson’s fairy tale:
Robson says his first of two nervous breakdowns occurred in April 2011, causing him to withdraw from a film project and begin seeking psychological help. “But I did not mention the sexual abuse because at that time I still did not see it as such,” Robson states in his court papers.
A second breakdown in March 2012 was a turning point, he says. “As with my first breakdown, I experienced stress, anxiety, fear and depression,” Robson says. “I also began to imagine my son being subjected to the same sort of sexual acts I had been forced to commit with Jackson, and for the first time in my life I thought I might need to talk to someone about what Jackson and I had done together.”
Robson says he sent an email to friends and family members in September 2012 concerning what he called a “transformational time” in his life. “In the email, I wanted to let my friends and family members known what was happening in my life at that point in time.”
Robson says he explained to the readers of his email “what was going on so they would not be worried about me.” He says he asked them to keep what he was revealing confidential, knowing that anything about him and Jackson was newsworthy in the tabloids.
The essential part of the story withheld by Robson is that already on September 7, 2012 he was planning legal action. This fact becomes known to us not from the article, but from the judge’s ruling who quoted the email.
The matter being legal and the number of people he informed about it are the key issues here. “Legal” means that before sending out that email Robson had already sought legal counsel as without professional advice he wouldn’t have known whether litigation was possible at all, considering the statutes of limitation, etc.
And the huge number of people he informed means that the campaign was planned in full seriousness – his inner circle of friends and relatives could damage his plans by telling the innocent truth about Jackson, and this is why all of them were requested to keep silence.
The additional information provided to us by that article is that Robson was stepping into a transformational time in his life.
All of it makes it absolutely clear that in September 2012 Robson was ready for his “transformations”, was setting ground for them inside his inner circle and was already planning legal action against the MJ Estate.
But what’s important for us is not that important for the Probate code. The only thing Probate Code section 9103, subd. (a) (2) requires for starting the 60 days period within which the claim could be made is the moment when Robson officially “knew” that he had something to complain about.
And he knew it again (for the second time) on September 7, 2012 and if we take it for a new starting point the new deadline for filing the claim would be early November 2012 – however even that second deadline was missed by Robson as he filed his claim only half a year later.
Missing the second deadline was one of the reasons for throwing Robson’s claim by the judge:
- “See undisputed fact 31 wherein plaintiff references sharing his “very personal information,” “extremely sensitive legal matter,” and “truth of [his] past” with over 30 individuals. This email, sent on September 7, 2012, further suggests plaintiff had knowledge of the facts “reasonably giving rise to the existence of (the claim” (“extremely sensitive legal matter”) by sometime prior to the email date, September 7, 2012.
- Using the September date as the date by which plaintiff first had knowledge of the facts reasonably giving rise to the existence of the claim, plaintiff would have been required to file his claim in the Probate case in early November 2012 to satisfy the late creditor claims statute.
- Again, while knowledge that plaintiff had a cause of action is not the relevant inquiry under Probate Code section 9103, subd. (a)(2), it appears — although it is not clear – that plaintiff understood he had a cause of action against the decedent no later than September 7, 2012.
- Plaintiff did not file this petition to file a late claim until May 1, 2013. His claim is late and plaintiff is not permitted to file a late claim in this Probate case under Probate Code section 9103, the statute that addresses late claims. His claim is barred as it was filed 8 to 10 months after the relevant statutory deadline.” https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/16e893f7-cb8d-488b-9b09-d35207848ae7
Now that we know the real timeline of Robson’s activities every normal person will wonder why, after mentioning a legal matter already in September 2012, Robson still waited and to a terrible detriment to his own case too?
Indeed, the real surprise of the judge’s ruling is not the dismissal of Robson’s creditor’s claim, but the discovery that even after seeking legal advice and evidently receiving all information about the statute of limitations and the need to file within 60 days, Robson made his complaint so late that even for technical reasons alone it didn’t have any chance to go forward.
Initially this point was not clear to us because everyone thought that Robson consulted his lawyers on March 4, 2013. However now that we know his real timeline, all this waiting looks extremely strange.
He sought legal advice sometime in summer 2012, informed his friends and relatives of the upcoming legal matter and then waited for another 8 months? And started acting only when his chances of winning the case were reduced to zero???
There must be some explanation for this absurdity and it is extremely important to find it.
ROBSON’S LAWYERS EXPLAIN
The explanations were given by Robson’s lawyers after his lie (about the first time he sought legal counsel) had been uncovered.
The lie was most probably revealed to the judge when the Estate lawyers filed a motion for summary judgment more than a month ago, on April 21, 2015. It was evidently at that moment that Ms. Marzano had to rearrange her story and find an explanation for the 8 months of Robson’s silence after his initial plans to start a legal case.
Now she agrees that there was a delay, only it was due to Robson’s “psychological condition” – her client was “brainwashed” by Jackson and even “scared” of him, you know.
The story published on May 27, 2015 (after the judge’s ruling) explained it as follows:
Maryann Marzano, indicated in court last month that although the case was filed past California’s statute of limitations for a creditor’s claim, her client experienced brainwashing, which ultimately held him back from filing in time.
When questioned why it took him another year after his therapy session to come forward, Robson insisted that he was still scared of Jackson, even though the King of Pop passed away in 2009.
The matter of “fear” was handled and rejected by the judge in the equitable estoppel part of his ruling – Michael was physically unable to threaten Robson for four years after his death, and the Estate never scared Robson either, but offered him a job instead, which he himself refused as far as I remember.
As to that “brainwashing” issue the detail which is now added by Robson’s lawyers to this generally standard argument of all liars is that Robson believed it to be “consensual”.
The so-called rape was consensual???
Marzano argued Robson’s case illustrates that there was no “ah, ha” moment for her client and that until he received therapy and realized he was molested by Jackson, he could not do anything sooner because he had been “brainwashed into believing it was consensual.”
Robson’s web supporters are also clamoring that he thought that “the abuse was love” and he even “liked it” and “this is why he was so ashamed to admit it”.
Let me say it outright that with real victims of abuse this may indeed happen, only they never speak in support of their abusers under oath in court and never say that they were not even touched as Robson said in his testimony in 2005.
And it is especially hard to imagine that an alleged victim of rape will volunteer to lie for his alleged abuser and will still feel at ease when telling his lies in court, and with a hundred people watching him do it.
Another huge obstacle to Robson’s “psychological condition” version is that the timeline of his actions does not in the least support his story.
I, for one, cannot imagine that knowing of all deadlines a nervous, stressed-out and fearful former victim of abuse will wait so long for filing his claim that he will finally do it when the chances of his case turn zero.
Whatever psychological condition you are in, it will become only worse if you know that you are filing too late and for this reason alone your case will be tossed out and it is a doomed venture from the start of it.
What’s the point of filing a claim when you know that it won’t take you anywhere and all your “shame” will be uncovered in vain?
NOOOO, you will either hurry up to make a claim within the time allowed for it by law or you will not file at all, because filing when it is too late and hopeless is simply absurd. And let me remind you that Robson still had two whole months for making a complaint after he already announced to his inner circle that there was legal action on the way.
But despite that Robson still waited from September 2012 to May 2013, to the detriment of his own case and knowing that after missing all deadlines even trying would be useless, unless the judge agreed to create a precedent for him of course.
This seemingly absurd timeline means that Robson had a big reason for waiting, or/and he didn’t want to win the case, and his goal was a different one.
THE BIG REASON FOR WAITING
In my opinion the real reason why Robson waited for so long was because he was kept in a standby mode.
He was waiting for something to happen (or not to happen) and it was only after a certain event took place that his participation and efforts were required. And the goal of his complaint was actually not so much to win the case in court, but utterly demolish Jackson’s reputation.
This hypothesis makes us look at other events taking place at the time of Robson’s budding story and search for those who might be interested in keeping Robson on standby. And if you look around you will notice that the event forming a background for Robson’s “transformational” period in life was a lawsuit filed by Katherine Jackson against AEG Live.
Why do I mention AEG again? Because there was no other more or less meaningful case connected with Michael Jackson taking place right at that time and running parallel to Robson’s story-in-wait.
If their parallel cases were not a coincidence and AEG did pay to Robson for making allegations against Michael, the big reason for Robson’s waiting could be his dependence on whether the AEG case went to trial or not, and in case it did his allegations were to be used as a “final” argument against MJ.
If this hypothesis is correct then Robson’s standby mode means that his participation in the project was optional and his efforts were required only in case all other opportunities for tossing out Katherine Jackson’s claim were exhausted.
However the AEG case did go to trial and when the prospect of losing $1.5 billion became too real Robson’s so-called “molestation” story came into play and was used as the deadliest argument possible to extinguish the opponent.
Please note that I am not justifying AEG Live or Robson in the least – all I am trying to explain is the possible motive for their actions and the reason why Robson was waiting.
To be fair to AEG, coincidences do happen in life and therefore it would be absolutely not enough to make conclusions solely on the grounds that the two cases were running parallel to each other.
To find real proof we need to check whether the progress of Robson’s case depended on the progress of AEG’s case, and find certain correlations between the crucial turns in the AEG case and the steps taken (or not taken) by Wade Robson right at the same time.
If these correlations are found, the chances that Robson’s allegations were instigated by AEG Live will be very high.
And you know what? I did look it up and found a lot of correlations, only they began not at once, but at about March 2012. Prior to that moment the events developed with no noticeable connection with each other, however afterwards the rainfall of coincidences began to drop, then rain and then pour.
In terms of coincidences the year 2011 was uneventful:
On February 24, 2011 judge Yvette Palazuelos rejected AEG’s request to dismiss Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit and allowed it to proceed.
At the same time, in February 2011 Wade Robson was in negotiations with the Estate about his direction of the Immortal show. Later he said that in April 2011 he had the first breakdown but didn’t realize that it was connected with his so-called “sexual abuse”.
On June 1st, 2011 the judge scheduled the tentative date of the AEG trial for September 10, 2012.
In July 2011 Robson was still heard saying that he would be directing the Immortal show.
In autumn 2011 Conrad Murray’s trial took place and on November 7, 2011 he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death.
In 2012 the first coincidences began to occur:
On March 26, 2012 Katherine Jackson’s lawyers filed their first amended complaint and asked for a jury trial. Their request was granted.
It was also in March that Robson had his so-called “second breakdown”. He described it as a “turning point” when he decided for the first time to “talk to someone about him and MJ”.
In May AEG Live asked the judge to postpone the trial by seven months, from September 2012 to April the following year. The reason cited by the AEG lawyers was that they needed more time to prepare their case due to its complexity. I looked up the LA Superior Court records for the Katherine Jackson vs AEG case (No. BC445597) and found that the exact date for the AEG Live postponement request was May 9, 2012.
And this is when a really meaningful coincidence took place. The day prior to that, on May 8, 2012 Robson approached a therapist and told the story of his alleged abuse for the first time.
Coincidence or not, but by the first trial date in September 2012 Robson would have not made it – his story was still to be elaborated on, legal papers to be prepared, the condo to be sold, real abuse victims to be contacted for studying their experience, etc. etc. In short a lot was to be done, and surprisingly, it was exactly at that moment that AEG said they “needed more time to prepare their case”.
Several months later a much more important coincidence took place.
In early September 2012 the LA Times obtained a package of 120 emails between the AEG Live executives and quoted some of them in their article. The quotations were few but even this was enough to show that AEG knew of Michael’s poor condition weeks before his death but still pushed him to perform 50 concerts and intensely rehearse (a demand they didn’t even have the right to make). The emails made a row in the press and produced a negative impression on the public as they contradicted AEG’s official story that “everything was fine”.
The situation with those emails is best described in the article below dated September 3, 2012. Here are some quotes from it:
September 3rd, 2012, 14:28 GMT · By Elena Gorgan
Besides confirming that AEG was always in the know about Michael’s poor condition, the series of emails also reveal a much sadder truth: they knew and still pushed him on and on, until he could no more.
Not even when Kenny Ortega, who had worked with him for 20 years, and was in charge of the show tried to sound the alarm, did they listen.
“There are strong signs of paranoia, anxiety and obsessive-like behavior. I think the very best thing we can do is get a top Psychiatrist in to evaluate him ASAP,” he wrote in another message, trying to get Michael some help.
He was told to do his job and not turn into a psychiatrist when none was needed.
That was Michael’s final week. Summoned for one last time and urged not to miss any more rehearsals or face financial hell for breach of contract, he gave it his best for 2 days in a row, and then asked Murray to help him sleep. He, in turn, pumped his body full of drugs and killed him.
“Michael’s death is a terrible tragedy, but life must go on. AEG will make a fortune from merch sales, ticket retention, the touring exhibition and the film/dvd,” Phillips wrote to a colleague in August 2009.
When the emails were leaked the AEG officials were said to be “livid with rage” and on September 4, 2012 their attorneys filed a motion for monetary sanctions against the Jacksons whom they considered responsible for the leak. The fright was so big that the AEG lawyers insisted that the emails should be banned from trial.
The AEG motion was denied and their case suffered a huge setback – the emails showed the AEG executives the cold and ruthless liars they really are, and seeing that the public opinion shifted in favor of Michael Jackson and the sympathies of the majority were on the side of his family, some drastic measures had to be taken to reverse the trend and put a stop to any further sympathy for Jackson.
And what is a better method than accuse him of pedophilia? The method is a well-proven one and was tried at least twice during Michael’s lifetime, and the third accusation could deliver a lethal blow to his reputation, especially since he was not here to defend himself. Even if the accusation was bogus and the case was tossed out all the necessary damage would still be done through bad publicity and a horrible trashing of his name in the press.
It is one thing to be involved in the death of a legend and be stigmatized for life because of that, and it is totally different thing if the decedent was a criminal no one will ever be sorry about … see my point?
It is an incredible coincidence, but from judge Beckloff’s ruling we now know that it was exactly in the midst of the AEG email scandal that Robson suddenly informed his friends and relatives that he had an “extremely sensitive legal matter” at hand and he was entering a “transformational” period of his life.
Indeed, the AEG scandal broke out on September 2, 2012 and Robson’s email was on September 7, 2012, so right after AEG realized that their chances had greatly diminished, Robson’s project received a powerful push and Robson told his family and friends to get themselves ready for a legal marathon.
So what was essentially a turning point in the AEG case was also a turning point in Robson’s case.
However at that moment it was yet unclear whether the AEG case would go forward and reach the stage of a trial. There were some other possibilities for AEG and one of them was the same that was recently taken by the Estate lawyers – a motion for summary judgment that can stop the case without taking it to a trial (summary judgment is used to show to the judge that there is actually no case).
On November 30, 2012 AEG’s lawyers filed a summary judgment motion asking to dismiss the entire lawsuit.
It took three months for the judge to think it over and on February 27, 2013 she finally issued her order – all Katherine Jackson’s claims except one were tossed out, however one claim (that AEG were negligent in hiring the doctor) was allowed to go to trial.
But even at this stage the case could still be thrown out – if the Appellate court reversed the judge’s decision. So around March 15, 2013 the AEG lawyers filed legal documents with the Court of Appeal in California to dismiss that one remaining claim.
As an added argument against Katherine’s lawsuit their documents to the appellate court stated the wrong sum of $40 billion allegedly demanded by her from AEG Live. The wrong sum hit the press and created an ocean of ridicule and scorn for the Jackson family. In the meantime Marvin Putnam, attorney for AEG said that he was “confident that the courts of this state will find the law does not allow Mrs. Jackson’s claim. Any other outcome would wreak havoc on California’s business community.”
However on March 21, 2013 the appeal was denied and the case went forward. The jury selection was to start about two weeks later, on April 2.
You won’t believe it but after staying in a seemingly limbo state for almost half a year, it was at that very moment that Robson resurfaced again and exactly on March 21. This is the date when put his condo on sale in order to move to Hawaii thus making another serious step toward “transformation” of his life.
And again, Robson took that decision on a day which was a big turning point in AEG’s case – as soon as the AEG trial became imminent Robson suddenly decided to leave.
The listed price of his condo was $789,000.
There were several offers but the one that was accepted by Robson was $36,000 more than the asking price, thus bringing the sale price to $825,000.
The offer arrived on April 29, 2013, and by pure coincidence (of course) it was the day that the AEG trial started with its opening statements.
The sale of Robson’s condo is listed in the sale records of the estate agency as a tenancy-in-common deal which is explained by the agency as an “arrangement where two or more people, related or not, hold joint ownership of a home.”
Interesting, but the fact that the condo was bought by several individuals and for a sum above the market price corresponds very well with other people’s suppositions about that sale found on the web. So it isn’t only me who thinks that someone helped Robson to sell and relocate to Havaii:
- The timeline says it all, doesn’t it? I bet following the trail to the “real” purchasers, we’ll find a sponsor/backer. It’s all too convenient and coincidental. I’d expect the purchaser to be a trust of some sort to hide the true identity of the buyer. I think once the paperwork is filed with the state that gets published–not sure when, tho.
- Yeah, I think you’re right that the owner will be some sort of trust if this timing “coincidence” isn’t really a coincidence. Not sure how easy it will be to find, though. In my home state, you can easily look up who owns what property, free of charge. In Los Angeles County, the tax records that show owners seem to be available only for a huge fee, and you have to write in an application to LA County to get access. This is probably to ward off celebrity stalkers or something.
But the most incredible coincidence took place two days later, on May 1, 2013 when Robson suddenly made his allegations against MJ and it happened just a couple of days after the opening of the AEG trial on April 29.
Can you imagine that the previous summer he decided to file a claim against a deceased person, but then kept it on hold for another 8 months missing all deadlines, and then decided to still complain when it was already useless – and it accidentally coincided with opening a trial against the company considered more or less responsible for the death of that person?
When you try to imagine it you understand that there is something terribly wrong about coincidences like that.
While everyone was talking about the horrible Michael Jackson instead of the company that in this or that way contributed to Michael’s death, Robson was finalizing the matter with his condo. TMZ reported that he “closed escrow” on May 8th.
“Closing escrow” means that the money was paid to the seller through an escrow agent who held the seller’s documents until the buyers transferred money to the agent who then forwarded it to the seller.
Such deals are common, and the only uncommon thing about Robson’s deal was that the period between the contract date (April 29) and the closing date (May 8) was short.
One commenter said that “the process of getting to closing is complicated, typically requiring a title search, property inspection, property appraisal, mortgage approval, and all sorts of other paperwork. The only ways that a closing can come so soon after a contract are (1) the buyer was pre-approved for the mortgage before executing the contract OR (2) the sale was a cash transaction, not requiring a mortgage loan”.
So either those several individuals in a tenancy-in-common deal were all pre-approved for the mortgage, or Robson received cash.
TMZ was uncharacteristically ironic about that sale:
Wade Robson Skipping Town After Filing MJ Molestation Claim
5/13/2013 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Wade Robson’s wasting no time hightailing it out of L.A. after alleging Michael Jackson molested him — he just unloaded his Santa Monica condo — and is leaving Cali for good.
Wade listed the condo March 21 for $789,000 and closed escrow May 8. And get this — he scored more than the asking price — $825,000.
It’s not an outlandish leap to think the timing isn’t coincidental. We broke the story this week … Wade filed a creditor’s claim against MJ’s estate May 1 … claiming the King of Pop molested him over a 7-year period when he was a kid.
Sources tell us, Wade, his wife and son plan to lay down roots in the Aloha state … where his wife grew up.
Check out the condo and all its amenities. Repressed memories not included.
Well, if even TMZ says that “it’s not an outlandish leap to think the timing isn’t coincidental” then my supposition of a correlation between the developments in the AEG case and the corresponding changes in Robson’s behavior are not that outlandish at all.
Indeed, each time the AEG case took an important turn, it was as if by some miracle that Robson echoed it with a certain action on his part.
Here it is once again in case you forgot:
- March 26, 2012 – Katherine’s lawyers ask for a jury trial.
- March 2012 – Robson has a second breakdown described by him as a “turning point”.
- May 8, 2012 – Robson discloses his alleged abuse to a therapist.
- May 9, 2012 – AEG lawyers ask for a postponement of the trial until next year as “they need more time to prepare their case”.
- September 2, 2012 – AEG emails are leaked to the press making AEG “livid with rage” and sending them to seek punishment for the Jackson family.
- September 7, 2012 – Robson sends an email to over 30 people warning them of a certain transformation in his life and a highly sensitive legal matter being on the way.
- November 2012 – end of February 2013 – the judge is looking into the AEG motion for summary judgment and finally allows one claim to go forward.
- Same period or even longer (six months from September 2012) – nothing is heard of Robson and his actions.
- March 21, 2013 – the AEG appeal for a dismissal of Katherine Jackson’s case is declined. Now the case will go to trial.
- Same day, March 21, 2013 – Robson puts his condo on sale.
- April 29, 2013 – the AEG trial opens
- May 1, 2013 – Robson files a creditor’s claim against the Estate citing “molestation” twenty years ago as a reason for his claiming money. “He always remembered that it was rape but only now realized it was molestation”.
- On May 8th Robson closes the deal for his condo and approximately a week later is spotted in Hawaii. On May 10th he files a civil claim against the MJ corporations.
The above timeline is a good illustration why Robson waited with making his complaint, and why his activity came in fits and starts, and why he missed all deadlines even after deciding to take legal action in September 2012.
It looks like he wasn’t his own master and following the initial agreement to smear MJ (apparently for a very good reward) he had to wait for the outcome of the AEG preliminary court proceedings. He depended on the way their situation was developing and this is why was missing deadline after deadline to the detriment of his own case.
The paradox is that the same supposition means that involving Robson in their project was optional for AEG too, and if it had not come to a trial stage they would have probably not used his fraudulent molestation story as the heaviest “argument” against Jackson.
Or they could have still used it (it depends on the degree of their villainy) as a sort of a final touch to their story, so that no one feels sorry about Michael Jackson’s death.
All of it absolutely does not mean that the trial shouldn’t have taken place – that case was a complete must, only it should have been handled in a different way.
DISPOSITION OF FORCES NOW
When I ask myself if I believe that two years after those events a certain corporation may be still funding the two frivolous “molestation” cases that are dragging on and on, my honest answer will be no, I don’t believe it very much.
They could have paid to Robson for taking part in the scam and could have even added Safechuck to bolster his case, but paying to their lawyers for two years on a regular basis and for the future appeals too?
No, this would require of them too much dedicated hatred towards Jackson (of which I am not sure), and secondly, the owner of AEG Live is stingy (Tim Leiweke called him a “paranoid scrooge”), so he would probably not be too willing to sponsor the project until the end of his life.
Sometimes people engage themselves in adventurous projects hoping to get a quick result, but when the plan acquires a tendency for dragging, they may be unwilling to go on, especially when their own immediate goal of winning the case has been achieved and the services rendered by their partner have already been paid for.
In cases like that the partner may be left on his own and have to deal with the consequences of his actions all by himself.
Of course, the present participation of this corporation in Robson/Safechuck case cannot be ruled out, but a more likely scenario is that those who always hated Michael Jackson saw here an opportunity for themselves and it is they who are now supporting the two rogues – either financially or by giving publicity to their cases, which is actually a key method when it comes to extorting money and smearing someone’s name.
In a “cooperation” like this each side is pursuing its own goal – Robson/Safechuck and their lawyers want a settlement, and those who have steadily worked against Michael since 1993 want to do away with Michael’s legacy and as an ultimate goal ruin his Estate.
Funny, but in a disposition like this it may turn out that Robson/Safechuck’s lawyers may indeed be working on a contingency basis, at least at the moment. The lawyers should not necessarily be involved in the scam – they may be doing it for the sake of their own publicity, and since they have already invested so much effort in this case there is no other way for them but move forward and fight tooth and nail to win a settlement. Otherwise it will be a colossal loss for them in terms of money and reputation.
The remaining parties are the poor Michael Jackson who is continued to be heavily trashed in this sad saga, and the two liars who have voluntarily put themselves in a situation which deserves scorn and ridicule from whichever side you look at it.
Robson, for example, will have to explain now why he waited for 8 months with filing his claim and did it only when it became totally useless, and in doing so he is facing a fantastic prospect of having to say that he was not only “raped” but he also “enjoyed it” and it was due to his “shame” that it took him so long to admit it.
I wonder if the money paid to him is worth all this humiliation, in addition to the stigma of a liar he will carry for the rest of his life. After all one day his own son will learn how his father supposedly lied under oath in court and will read how much he “liked anal sex” and no remonstrations from his father that it never happened will ever help.
When will liars understand that the truth will become known anyway and it is ultimately them who will suffer most?