Michael Jackson accuser Wade Robson reveals that he burnt a symbolic replica of his custom-made 'Thriller' jacket in 'Leaving Neverland'
Even though Robson and fellow accuser James Safechuck have made separate abuse claims against the late singer, some people still seem to doubt the validity of their claims
Wade Robson, who accused Michael Jackson of alleged sexual assault in the new HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland', recently opened up about one particular scene in the controversial film that shows him burning his childhood 'Thriller' jacket.
The 36-year-old, who accused the late King of Pop of sexual assault when he was a kid, has become a major headline after the HBO documentary aired on March 4. And recently, he decided to finally open up about the scene where he is seen burning what looks like the jacket from Michael's popular 'Thriller' music video.
When fans and Jackson supporters online started to question the authenticity of the jacket, Robson decided to come clean about his reason for burning that piece of memorabilia.
Robson admitted that the jacket in the documentary was not the same as the original jacket, but was rather a replica that was made for him as a child. "I sold some Jackson items at auction in 2011 to raise money for therapy following a nervous breakdown," Wade told PEOPLE.
"After disclosing my abuse to my therapist in 2012 I burned some more items as part of my recovery. The 'Thriller' jacket that I burned in the photos was my custom childhood 'Thriller' jacket that I used to perform in. Those are the images portrayed in 'Leaving Neverland'."
The now-infamous jacket burning scene comes towards the end of the documentary, where Robson is seen on a beach watching various Jackson memorabilia engulf in flames. Items in the burning pile seemed to include a white sequined glove, which Jackson used to occasionally wear on stage during his performances, and the custom-made 'Thriller' jacket.
Even though Robson and fellow accuser James Safechuck have made separate abuse claims against the late singer, some people still seem to doubt the validity of their claims. The men, who have been labeled as 'money hungry opportunists' by Jackson fans, confirmed that they made no money from their appearance in the documentary.
Robson, however, agreed that he had made money from his friendship with Michael in the past, in the form of selling some items at an auction. Julien's Auctions even confirmed on Twitter that Robson had been paid for the memorabilia sold.
"Wade consigned his collection to us directly. He was the person who we paid when we sold his collection. He needed the money," the company’s tweet read. "Wade asked to remain anonymous and said that he did not want anyone to know that it was him selling the items in 2011. But we did not agree to that and listed it as the Wade Robson collection. He consigned multiple items and wanted us to sell all items of his that had value," they wrote.