Sideshow: Jackson defender now accuser

Liam Hemsworth and fiancee Miley Cyrus.
Liam Hemsworth and fiancee Miley Cyrus. (CHRIS PIZZELLO / Invision)
Posted: May 10, 2013

In a strange about-turn, Wade Robson, 30, a choreographer who spoke up in defense of Michael Jackson during the singer's 2005 sexual-molestation charge, now says he actually was abused by Jackson.

Robson's attorney, Henry Gradstein, has asked the judge in the Jackson wrongful-death trial to allow his client to sue the King of Pop's estate for an undisclosed sum. He claims Jackson molested Robson over a seven-year period while the young fan was still a child.

Gradstein says Robson finally confronted the fact that he was abused when he suffered a nervous breakdown last year.

Jackson estate attorney Howard Weitzman says in a statement, "Mr. Robson's claim is outrageous and pathetic."

Liam-Miley intervention fails

Liam Hemsworth, 23, who made us all salivate in The Hunger Games, is sticking with fiancée Miley Cyrus despite reports his brothers, Chris and Luke, staged an intervention to make him drop Miley. Unnamed Insider tells E! News the reports were fake (& hurtful!).

Eulogies for Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly, who died May 1 of a suspected drug overdose, was eulogized Wednesday night at a public viewing in Atlanta.

"He will be very missed, especially within our family," said his uncle Lemar Williams. "To the world he was Kris Kross, but to us he was just Chris." Kelly's funeral was set for Thursday afternoon.

Gossip petits fours

Chinese authorities are investigating reports that genius film director Zhang Yimou ( Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Raise the Red Lantern) has fathered seven kids with four different women, violating China's strict family-planning laws. . . . Neil Patrick Harris will host the Tony Awards for a fourth time. CBS will beam the June 9 kudosfest live from Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Trust me, I'm famous . . .

Tom Cruise and Kristen Stewart have been voted the least trusted people in America in a Reader's Digest poll. Poor K-Stew! Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, and Denzel Washington are the top three most trusted.

Snoop Lion, ex-pimp . . .

Hip-hopster Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg), 41, doesn't just play a pimp in his songs; he once practiced that time-honored profession! Snoop catered to a high-end clientele. "I had a bus follow me with 10 [women]," he tells Rolling Stone, "from city to city . . . hotel room to hotel room, athlete to athlete, entertainer to entertainer."

Celebs doing business

Kate Moss, who once epitomized the pasty-white heroin-chic look, poses nude in an ad campaign for St. Tropez self-[read: fake]tanning brand. "St. Tropez is about confidence," says a P.R. release.

Madonna has sold French painter Fernand Léger's lovely 1921 piece Trois Femmes a la Table Rouge for $7.16 mil to fund girls' schools in Afghanistan.


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