Michael Jackson Leaving Neverland accuser Wade Robson tells fans they DON'T have to 'mute' star's music because abuse claims are about more than songs

MICHAEL Jackson accuser Wade Robson has said fans don't have to stop listening to the star’s songs because the sex abuse claims are about more than music.

The choreographer, now 36, told the Leaving Neverland doc that Jackson molested him from when he was aged seven and tried to rape him when he was 14.


He told TMZ that he no longer listens to the late King of Pop’s music because of his “personal experience”.

But Wade said that each individual fan should decide whether they still want to listen to Jackson’s songs.

When asked whether he thought the Thriller singer's music should be banned, he said: "That’s not really my concern.

“That’s everybody’s individual journey.

"If I have any hope it’s just that we question in general who it is that we’re worshipping and why. So it’s beyond Michael.

"I don’t have any moral authority to make a judgment for everyone else.

"I don’t listen to his music, because I have a personal experience with it.

"But that’s everyone’s individual choice.”


His comments came after it was revealed that Jackson’s music has surged in the charts after he was accused of grooming and molesting little boys in the troubling Leaving Neverland documentary.

The King of Pop’s online plays have been boosted despite dozens of radio stations from around the world banning his songs amid the child sex abuse claims.

Jackson has been accused of attempting to rape Wade after abusing him over a seven-year period and staging a fake wedding ceremony another schoolboy.

But the sickening claims did not stop his music from climbing the iTunes charts after Leaving Neverland was broadcast.

The Evening Standard reported that Jackson’s Number Ones album climbed 44 places in a matter of hours to reach number 43.

ALBUMS SOAR IN CHARTS

His greatest hits compilation, The Essential Michael Jackson, reached number 79.

The pop star’s singles were given a push too, with ‘Bad’ climbing to Number 147 and ‘Thriller’ below it at Number 172.

Jackson’s combined album and song sales – including his work with the Jackson 5 and The Jackson's – dipped four per cent following the Neverland premiere.

His combined sales on March 3 to 5 totalled nearly 8,000, down from the just over 8,000 on the previous Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

But for on-demand audio and video streams, Jackson’s tunes saw an increase of six per cent, rising to 19.7 million on March 3 to 5, up from 18.7 million.

The online chart surge came as some radio stations banned his music.

RADIO BANS

In New Zealand, two radio stations that broadcast to over half of the population removed his music.

State-owned RNZ said their decision is “a reflection of our audiences and their preferences”.

And NZME director Dean Buchanan said, “Playlists change from week to week and right now Michael Jackson does not feature on them.”

Sydney's Nova Entertainment in Australia today became the latest radio group to announce they are taking the late 'King of Pop' off the air.

"In light of what is happening at the moment, SmoothFM is not currently playing any Michael Jackson songs," local media quoted Nova's programme director Paul Jackson as saying.

In Perth, a Christian radio station also confirmed it had stopped playing the star’s music.

The 98five SunshineFM chief executive, Bevan Jones, said they “don’t play much Michael Jackson” but had cut the singer from its playlist in response to feedback from listeners.

Another Australian radio network, ARN, said it was 'closely monitoring audience sentiment in relation to individual artists'.

Canadian radio stations have also followed suit.

Playlists change from week to week and right now Michael Jackson does not feature on them

Media company Cogeco stripped his songs from the playlists of all 23 of its Quebec stations, including its three major Montreal broadcasters CKOI, Rythme and The Beat.

Amsterdam-based Dutch radio station NHRadio and Norway's NRK have also dropped his music.

The BBC was reported by the Times to have quietly dropped his tunes from its Radio 2 playlists, though a spokesperson denied there was an outright "ban" on his music.

Wade previously sued Jackson's estate for £1.2billion over the abuse but the lawsuit was dismissed when the judge ruled the estate of Jackson couldn't be held responsible for the allegations made by the dancer.

In court filings from 2013, Wade revealed how Jackson raped him from the age of seven before "losing interest" in him when he turned 14.

Wade denied he was abused in the King of Pop’s 2005 molestation trial but is now suing the firms in California.

Jackson, who died in 2009 of a drug overdose, strongly denied all allegations of sexual abuse made against him.

His estate has vehemently denounced the documentary.

After viewing the film at the Sundance Festival, the estate called the documentary “tabloid character assassination”.

RADIO STATIONS BANNING JACKO

Canada:

23 stations in Quebec, including three major Montreal stations CKOI, Rythme, The Beat

New Zealand:

MediaWorks and NZME

UK:

The BBC denies outright "ban", but he's reported to have been quietly dropped from Radio 2

The Netherlands:

NH Radio

Australia:

Nova Entertainment (SmoothFM)

SunshineFM

Norway:

NRK








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