OH NO, HE DIDN'T.
That's what Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson's ex-wife, is saying about allegations that the King of Pop molested dancer Wade Robson.
Robson, who Jackson befriended, raised eyebrows yesterday when he said on NBC's "Today Show" yesterday that Jackson molested him from ages 7 to 14, an allegation he denied during Jackson's 2005 molestation trial.
Rowe told TMZ, "I was angered that Wade Robson reversed his sworn testimony from court in 2005, and now claims to be a victim of sexual abuse." Robson said he began thinking about the alleged abuse after having his now- 2-year-old son.
"This is not a case of repressed memory," Robson told co-anchor Matt Lauer. "I never forgot one moment of what Michael did to me, but I was psychologically and emotionally completely unable and unwilling to understand that it was sexual abuse."
According to TMZ, Rowe called Robson's allegations "publicity-seeking" and "opportunistic." She also said, "It will be quickly forgotten, and will do nothing, nothing to tarnish Michael's extraordinary legacy."
For the sake of Jackson's three kids, I hope she's right.
Beyonce's world domination continues
The show must go on, no matter what the doctor says.
Mrs. Carter, a/k/a Beyonce, ignored doctor's advice and performed Wednesday at her World Tour show in Belgium.
Before taking to the stage, she posted a handwritten note on her website explaining the previous night's absence, which she blamed on dehydration.
"I've never postponed a show in my life. It was very hard for me. I promise I will make it up very soon. I'm sorry if I disappointed you. Thank you for your concern. I'm feeling much better now and I'm ready to give you a great show."
MTV reports that Beyonce will do a makeup show on May 31.
In more Beyonce news:
Speaking of the former Destiny's Child star, I've always wondered how Kelly Rowland felt playing second fiddle to Beyonce all of those years. Now we know for sure. In her depressing new ballad, "Dirty Laundry," Rowland sings, "While my sister was onstage, killing it like a motherf--- I was enraged, feeling it like a motherf---.
Bird in a cage, you would never know what I was dealing with.
Went our separate ways, but I was happy she was killing it.
Bittersweet, she was up, I was down.
No lie, I feel good for her, but what do I do now?"
From the way the lyrics read, Rowland may have been in an abusive relationship because she also sings, "meanwhile, this n-- putting his hands on me . . . He pulled me out, he said, "Don't nobody love you but me/Not your mama, not your daddy and especially not Bey . . . "
Could she be more depressing?
Diddy loves 'Downton Abbey,' too
Sean "Diddy" Combs played a gag on his more than eight million Twitter followers yesterday by announcing that he would be a regular on the next season of PBS' "Downton Abbey."
As my brain worked out how he could be worked into this beloved British drama, word came that it was just a hoax.
Frankly, I was relieved. Because the only role I could see them having for him would be as some sort of servant on a lower scale than all the maids and footmen, and that would have be a stretch. As it is now, when I see him, I think of him sipping Ciroc, not serving dinner.
Hang out with Jenice
Come sip champagne and hang out with me tomorrow from noon until 2 p.m. at Chinamoto, a cool, new Asian restaurant at 777 S. Broad St.
Besides the bubbly, the restaurant will give away rock shrimp and spring rolls. Don't leave me there eating all alone. Stop by and introduce yourself. Let's talk celebrity gossip or local news. Or else nominate yourself to be a Sexy Single.
Whatever. Just show up.
- Howard Gensler has the day off.