By The Last Tear (Lou)
As long as they spell your name right and
you are not accused of dope or rape, you are all right.
Some days ago in the social media, we read that judge Beckloff – who oversees the Estate of Michael Jackson and its affairs – will decide on Wade Robson and James Safechuck’s lawsuits until November 2014 – if anything new happens of course.
A few weeks ago, Mr. Thomas Mesereau – the lawyer who defended MJ in 2005 in a criminal trial – had an interview with Jordon on the Blog Talk Radio (here). Two of MJ’s bodyguards were also on Jordan’s radio talk. Among other topics, they described how the 2004-05 trial almost destroyed Jackson physically and emotionally.
Mr. Mesereau’s conversation was mostly about Wade Robson and James Safechuck’s lawsuits against Michael Jackson’s Estate. Here is a recap of some of Mr. Mesereau’s talks:
- Robson and Safechuck’s lawsuits are bogus.
- While we all hope that the judge rejects these bogus lawsuits, a change has occurred in the world. The law has become more tolerable and allows the child abuse victims to come forward years after the time of the crime, for example the Catholic Church’s molestation cases. Consequently, Robson & Safechuck and their lawyers, who wish to take advantage of this change, have come forward with their bogus lawsuits.
- In case, the judge will not reject their lawsuits, the Estate of MJ should not settle and fight the accusers in the court of law. According to Mr. Mesereau, the Chandler case which was wrongly settled opened the pandora ’s box. People who were after money – the Francias, the Neverland 5, the Arvizos, Robson and Safechuck came up with accusations and lawsuits in hopes of getting money.
- According to Mr. Mesereau, in 93 Jackson’s advisers, Messrs. Branca and Weitzman did what they thought to be right for MJ and his business. But they are business lawyers and perhaps they should consult with criminal and civil lawyers especially in Robson and Safechuck case. Mr. Mesereau fears that the disgusting details in R & S’s lawsuits which are consciously fabricated to pressure the Estate, force the executors to settle with R & S – in case the judge will not reject their bogus lawsuits.
As Mr. Mesereau said in his interview, Robson and Safechuck‘s lawsuits are bogus. Let us elaborate the matter.
In the 80’s and the beginning of the 90’s several young girls and boys and their parents were around Michael Jackson. Many of them – young and old – loved Jackson; some of them like Jordan, Wade, James, etc. imitated MJ by clothing, dancing and moving like their idol. Curiously, Jordan and Wade were similar, almost like twins! But we could not see this likeness in 93 or in 2005. It is only now that their resemblance is visible.
Their fathers suffered both from the bipolar disease. Wade’s father, Dennis Leslie Robson killed himself in 2002 and Jordan’s dad, Evan Chandler shot himself in 2009. June Chandler divorced Evan and remarried and had a daughter with her second husband, David Schwartz. When she and her children met MJ, she was about to separate from Schwartz.
Wade’s mother, Lynette Joy Robson, was apparently not divorced but she immigrated to the USA with Wade and her daughter Chantal. Her other son, Shane, an ex police officer, stayed behind in Australia but joined his family in the US in mid 90’s.
In the beginning of the 90’s, June, Jordan and Lily were not happy to see Joy, Wade and Chantal in Neverland and in Jackson’s life. June, who had probably dreamed to become the queen of Neverland and Jackson’s bedroom, was disappointed to see the Robsons. In fact, there was an attraction between Michael and June. At that time, MJ was looking for a wife and he wanted to have children and a family.
Without promising too much, Jackson helped the Robsons to move to the USA because he was told by Joy that Wade would have more opportunities in the American entertainment world than the one in Australia.
Five years after Jackson’s passing, we have learnt a lot about these people. If you wish to know more about the Chandlers’ case, June and Michael, please read the blog Vindicate MJ, Helena’s blog (here). She was the first person to come out with many facts about this case. Please read also the MJ Truth site (here). To know more about the Robsons, their testimonies in 2005 trial, Wade and Jackson, please read MJJR.net (here) .
Several people, Mr. Mesereau included, have described the two young boys, Jordan and Wade, as very talkative, very well-spoken, very conscious about what was going on around them and with lively imagination; a very young Jordan and his father wrote a script which eventually was turned into a movie. At a very young age, Wade created choreographies.
The part of the story which was not refined enough is the fact that the fathers of the boys suffered from the bipolar disorder. I believe Helena (VMJ blog) has discussed the matter but it is time to examine it again.
I must add that our aim in this study is neither to bully nor to disrespect people who suffer from this disorder. Many people who have this disease take responsibility, follow a treatment, go to therapy and live a functional life. Sadly, people who do not take responsibility, damage often themselves and the people who live with them. However, I am in no way suggesting that all sufferers are abusers or victims of abuse But we cannot forget the results of the medical studies on and about this disorder. Also, we cannot change the fact that Jordan and Wade’s fathers were both bipolar and their lives ended in the same way. This is why we need to learn more about this ailment.
Causes of Bipolar Disorder
Doctors don’t completely understand the causes of bipolar disorder. But they’ve gained a greater understanding in the past 10 years of the bipolar spectrum, which includes the elated highs of mania to the lows of major depression, along with various mood states between these two extremes.
Experts do believe that bipolar disorder often runs in families, and there is a genetic part to this mood disorder. There is also growing evidence that environment and lifestyle issues have an effect on the disorder’s severity. Stressful life events — or alcohol or drug abuse — can make bipolar disorder more difficult to treat.
The Brain and Bipolar Disorder
Experts believe bipolar disorder is partly caused by an underlying problem with specific brain circuits and the balance of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.
Three brain chemicals — noradrenaline (norepinephrine), serotonin, and dopamine — are involved in both brain and bodily functions. Noradrenaline and serotonin have been consistently linked to psychiatric mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. Dopamine is commonly linked with the pleasure system of the brain. Disruption to the dopamine system is connected to psychosis and schizophrenia, a severe mental disorder characterized by distortions in reality and illogical thought patterns and behaviors.
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The brain chemical serotonin is connected to many body functions such as sleep, wakefulness, eating, sexual activity, impulsivity, learning, and memory. Researchers believe that abnormal functioning of brain circuits that involve serotonin as a chemical messenger contributes to mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder).
Is Bipolar Disorder Genetic?
Many studies of bipolar patients and their relatives have shown that bipolar disorder can run in families. Perhaps the most convincing data come from twin studies. In studies of identical twins, scientists report that if one identical twin has bipolar disorder, the other twin has a greater chance of developing bipolar disorder than another sibling in the family. Researchers conclude that the lifetime chance of an identical twin (of a bipolar twin) to also develop bipolar disorder is about 40% to 70%.
In more studies at Johns Hopkins University, researchers interviewed all first-degree relatives of patients with bipolar I and bipolar II disorder and concluded that bipolar II disorder was the most common affective disorder in both family sets. The researchers found that 40% of the 47 first-degree relatives of the bipolar II patients also had bipolar II disorder; 22% of the 219 first-degree relatives of the bipolar I patients had bipolar II disorder. However, among patients with bipolar II, researchers found only one relative with bipolar I disorder. They concluded that bipolar II is the most prevalent diagnosis of relatives in both bipolar I and bipolar II families.
Studies at Stanford University that explored the genetic connection of bipolar disorder found that children with one biological parent with bipolar I or bipolar II disorder have an increased likelihood of getting bipolar disorder. In this study, researchers reported that 51% of the bipolar offspring had a psychiatric disorder, most commonly major depression, dysthymia (low-grade, chronic depression), bipolar disorder, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Interestingly, the bipolar parents in the study who had a childhood history of ADHD were more likely to have children with bipolar disorder rather than ADHD.
In other findings, researchers report that first-degree relatives of a person diagnosed with bipolar I or II disorder are at an increased risk for major depression when compared to first-degree relatives of those with no history of bipolar disorder. Scientific findings also show that the lifetime risk of affective disorders in relatives with family members who have bipolar disorder increases, depending on the number of diagnosed relatives.
What is bipolar?
Bipolar disorder is a treatable illness marked by extreme changes in mood, thought, energy, and behavior. Bipolar disorder is also known as manic depression because a person’s mood can alternate between the “poles,” mania (highs) and depression (lows). The change in mood can last for hours, days, weeks or months.
What bipolar is not?
Bipolar disorder is not a character flaw or sign of personal weakness.
Who bipolar disorder affects?
Bipolar disorder affects more than two million adult Americans. It usually begins in late adolescence, often appearing as depression during teen years, although it can start in early childhood or later in life. An equal number of men and women develop this illness. Men tend to begin with a manic episode, women with a depressive episode. Bipolar disorder is found among all ages, races, ethnic groups, and social classes. The illness tends to run in families and appears to have a genetic link. Like depression and other serious illnesses, bipolar disorder can also negatively affect spouses, partners, family members, friends, and co-workers.
Types of bipolar disorder
Different types of the disorder are determined by patterns and severity of bipolar symptoms of highs and lows.
Bipolar I disorder is characterized by one or more manic episodes or mixed episodes-symptoms of both a mania and a depression occurring nearly everyday for at least one week-and one or more major depressive episodes. Bipolar I disorder is the most severe form of the illness, marked by extreme manic episodes.
Bipolar II disorder is characterized by one or more depressive episodes accompanied by at least one hypomanic episode. Hypomanic episodes have symptoms similar to manic episodes but are less severe, and must be clearly different from a person’s non-depressed mood.
Cyclothymic disorder is characterized by chronic fluctuating moods with periods of hypomania and depression. The periods of both depressive and hypomanic symptoms are shorter, less severe, and do not occur with regularity as experienced with bipolar I or II. However, these mood swings can impair social interactions and work. Many people with cyclothymia develop a more severe form of bipolar illness.
Symptoms of bipolar disorder
Most people who have bipolar disorder talk about experiencing “highs” and “lows.” These swings can be severe, ranging from extreme energy to deep despair. The severity of the mood swings and the way they disrupt normal life activities distinguish bipolar mood episodes from ordinary mood swings.
• Increased physical and mental activity and energy
• Heightened mood, exaggerated optimism, and self-confidence
• Excessive irritability, aggressive behavior
• Decreased need for sleep without experiencing fatigue
• Racing speech, thoughts, and flight of ideas
• Increased sexual drive
• Reckless behavior
• Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells
• Significant changes in appetite and sleep patterns
• Irritability, anger, worry, agitation, anxiety
• Pessimism, loss of energy, persistent lethargy
• Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
• Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness
• Recurring thoughts of death and suicide
How common is bipolar disorder in children?
Bipolar disorder is more likely to affect the children of parents who have the disorder. When one parent has bipolar disorder, the risk to each child is estimated to be 15-30%. When both parents have the disorder, the risk increases to 50-75%. Symptoms may be difficult to recognize in children because they can be mistaken for age-appropriate emotions and behaviors of children and adolescents. Bipolar symptoms may appear in a variety of behaviors. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, up to one-third of the 3.4 million children with depression in the United States may actually be experiencing the early onset of bipolar disorder.
Treatment for bipolar disorder
Several therapies exist for bipolar disorder and promising new treatments are currently under investigation. Because bipolar disorder can be difficult to treat, it is highly recommended that you consult a psychiatrist or a general practitioner with experience in treating this illness. Treatments may include medication, talk therapy, and support groups.
Risk of Aggressive Behavior in Bipolar Disorder
April 08, 2014 | Bipolar Disorder, Bipolar I Disorder, Bipolar II Disorder
By Javier Ballester,
Ranked by the World Health Organization among the top 10 most disabling disorders in the world, bipolar disorder (BP) was the subject of a study by Javier Ballester, MD, and colleagues. In particular, BP has been associated “with increased risk for aggressive behaviors,” and the authors sought to shed light on this issue. The study concluded: “BP, particularly during acute episodes, is associated with increased self-reported verbal and physical aggression, anger, and hostility. These results provide further evidence of the need for treatments to prevent mood recurrences and prompt treatment of acute mood episodes in subjects with BP”.
Opening the door on hypersexuality
by Sara Solovitch
A few years ago, a middle-aged woman from Vancouver, British Columbia, happened to read an article about bipolar disorder and hypersexuality, written by her very own psychiatrist. In all the years she’d been going to see him, she was shocked to realize, this doctor had never once asked if hypersexuality was one of her symptoms.
“I wrote to him and said, ‘This is me,’” the woman recalls. “‘You never told me about this part.’”
Hypersexuality may be the last frontier in bipolar disorder. Even now, despite everything that has been learned about the illness, it’s hard to put a finger on how big a problem it really is. The research is limited. Only seven studies have ever been published on the subject and their findings diverge: According to these studies, hypersexuality occurs in 25 to 80 percent of all patients with mania. After reviewing the literature, Manic-Depressive Illness (the 2007 text by Frederick K. Goodwin, MD, and Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD) settled on an average of 57 percent.
And that hardly tells the story. For, despite its primal role in human behavior, sexuality remains one of the hardest, most sensitive subjects to dredge up in any but the most cursory details. Which explains why, while hypersexuality is listed as one of the primary symptoms of bipolar in the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition), many psychiatrists refer to it almost as an afterthought—if at all—when forming a diagnosis:
Racing thoughts? Check.
Wild mood swings? Check.
Unrestrained spending sprees? Check.
“Like, what do you mean?” demands Andy Behrman, who became a poster boy for bipolar disorder with the 2003 publication of his edgy, sexually frank, and popular book, Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania. “Am I having sex with strangers? Yes. Constantly masturbating? Yes. Can I get myself to a place where I’m fully satisfied sexually? No. As much as I want to shop, buy, and make money, that’s as much as I want to have sex.”
Though hypersexuality may present itself as just one aspect in a constellation of problems, it is often the most destructive and challenging part of bipolar disorder—troubling families of young children suffering from juvenile hypersexuality, ruining marriages, generating life-threatening health problems. “The one thing I regret is what I did to my husband,” says Bev, a middle-aged woman from rural Quebec who was diagnosed with bipolar a few years ago. “He was a good man and we would have had a good retirement together.”  
Sex Sex Sex and More Sex – Part 2
By Marcia Purse
Bipolar Disorder Expert
Updated May 16, 2014.
When someone wrote to Ask the Bipolar Expert about a bipolar friend addicted to internet pornography, the doctor pointed out that this kind of behavior can be “driven, at least in part, by the physical activation, heightened sensory and sexual interest, and risk-taking that characterize mania.” Another celebrated case where sexual gratification overcame all good judgment was that of Mary Kay Letourneau, who had an affair with a 13-year-old boy. Finally, Ask the Bipolar Expert noted that while there have been no systematic studies, there appears to be an unusually high correlation between bipolar disorder and a history of child sexual abuse, which could be explained by the fact that bipolar disorder is so often inherited, and the parent abuser may well have done so due to his or her own manic depression. In these cases, hypersexuality appears to have led to compulsive, reckless, or deviant behavior.
Prevalence of child sexual abuse among adults and youths with bipolar disorder: a systematic review.
- Department of Pedagogic, Psychological, and Didactic Sciences, University of Salento, Via Stampacchia 45/47, 73100 Lecce, Italy. email@example.com
To estimate the prevalence and social and demographic correlates of child sexual abuse among people with bipolar disorder, the findings of all the pertinent studies were qualitatively and semi-quantitatively analyzed. Five databases were searched. Blind assessments of study eligibility and quality were conducted by two independent researchers. Twenty studies, meeting minimum quality standards and including 3407 adults and youths with bipolar disorder across 10 countries and 3 continents, were examined. The prevalence of child sexual abuse was 24% (23% without outliers); however, such prevalence rate might be underestimated, because many studies restricted definitions to the most severe forms of abuse. Child sexual abuse was a common experience for both males and females, while it was more frequent for adults than for youths. Compared to healthy individuals, patients with bipolar disorder reported higher rates of child sexual abuse; compared to populations with other mental disorders, participants with bipolar disorder reported similar or lower rates of such abuse. Individuals with bipolar disorder are at risk of having a history of child sexual abuse, although such risk seems to be neither more specific to nor stronger for these individuals, compared to people with other psychiatric disorders.
Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Q: Being Raised by a Bipolar Parent
My husband is a functional bipolar individual. Holds a good job. He was just diagonsed in 10/2004. We are in the midst of a divorce and the court appointed child psychologist indicates that my husband should have no overnights with my kids until the youngest turns 2 in a couple of months. My other child is 3.5 yo. Once my youngest child turns 2 then every other weekend from 11a on Sat to 7P on Sunday with no overnights during the week. The judge is currently giving my husband every Wednesday and every other weekend from Friday-Monday. The child psychologist testified for ~40 minutes on his recommendation. I have never done drugs. I may have 6 alcoholic drinks in a year. I have a good job. Educated. Bottom line an overall good person.
My husband will only release his diagnosis and that he is under the care a psychiatrist and that he is in compliance.
I don’t feel that my kids are safe with any bipolar person for extended times regardless of whether it is there father or not. This same judge has given another bipolar father full custody of his kids-I do not know the circumstances of the mother.
Please help if you can. Is it safe of a bipolar parent to be raising 2 very young children?
Dear Ms. S’ —
May I request at the outset that my reply not be used in any court proceeding, as I am not a legally-oriented (“forensic”) psychiatrist and could mislead the court with my answer. I am answering as a volunteer psychiatrist for BipolarWorld.net, and my reason for answering is to see if I can be of some help to you, by presenting as straightforward an answer to your question as possible.
Most aspects of your question are deeply involved in your divorce proceedings, it appears. Sorting out what you want to know that is separate from the divorce issues is tricky, but I think we could tackle this issue you pose:
I don’t feel that my kids are safe with any bipolar person for extended times
regardless of whether it is their father or not.
To be concerned, in general, about your children’s safety is entirely understandable and expectable. But I think you might have a conception of bipolar disorder which is not accurate.
If you were to post this on a bipolar website where people with bipolar disorder I think you’d get some angry mail. But it might be good for you to hear their thoughts; so I’m going to put them in non-angry terms here, in the hopes that you might be able to “hear” me more than you might them, through their anger. However, one of the reasons I asked to put this on BipolarWorld is so that people would have the chance to respond if they wished, and you could read what they say without having it directed straight at you.
People with bipolar disorder: that’s the politically correct way to say “bipolar person”, for your information; but it’s a useful way to remind oneself, every time it comes out of one’s mouth or writing, that people have bipolar disorder, just as they have heart disease; they are not “cardiac cases”, that is, they are not defined by their illness. They are people, people who have an illness.
Bipolar disorder is a treatable illness, just like heart disease. It’s possible for people who have heart disease to live normal lives; likewise it’s possible for people with bipolar disorder to lead normal lives. It all depends on the success of treatment (which depends on a lot of factors; a person’s efforts to make treatment work definitely play a role here).
So it is entirely possible that your children would be completely safe with their father. Indeed, we know that for most kids, not being with their parent has some potential to be damaging. I think most people with bipolar disorder would want the assumption to be that if their treatment is working properly, if their illness is well-controlled, if they have demonstrated a vigilance about their symptoms and a close relationship with their treatment providers (e.g. a doctor and/or a therapist with bipolar experience) that they be handled in a divorce proceeding just as though they did not have bipolar disorder.
You note all the “if’s” in that sentence. I would hope that your husband would take it upon himself to provide evidence supporting all these if’s, knowing that a reasonable person would expect such reassurance to insure the children’s safety. A person with manic or depressive symptoms is not necessarily dangerous to children, mind you; but some such symptoms could pose some risk. It’s hard to take care of oneself, let alone others, when severely depressed, for example; conversely, manic symptoms include difficulty assessing risk, such as how fast one should drive.
I think most people with bipolar disorder would acknowledge that unchecked manic symptoms should be a basis for concern for children’s safety, though this may still be roughly in the same ballpark, for many people with bipolar disorder anyway, as the risk to the children of weathering a contentious divorce and enduring the aftermath thereof. In other words, in general I’d be equally worried about protecting the children from awful divorce proceedings as I would about a person with bipolar disorder’s capacity to parent, especially if historically her/his bipolar disorder was well controlled and she/he had a good working relationship with the doctor or therapist involved.  
Published April, 2006
The Effects on Children of Manic Depressive Parents
Last Updated: Aug 16, 2013 | By Marie Cheour
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive disorder, is a mental illness that causes extreme mood sifts. This illness has been shown to be highly disturbing to family members. Although there are no statistics about the number of children who live with a bipolar parents in the United States, a study by Dr. Nicholson and colleagues that was published by the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2000 states that approximately 65 percent of women and 52 percent of the men who received psychiatric treatment in a period lasting a year, and starting in the June of 2001, were parents.
According to the Wisconsin Mental Health and Substance Abuse Workgroup’s State Call to Action report, children of bipolar parents often experience serious neglect. While the parent is trapped in her state, she may be unable to provide food, shelter, and security for her children. Thus, it is quite common for these children to be homeless and suffer from poverty. Thus, it comes as no surprise that such parents often lose the custody of their children. Dr. Nicholson and colleagues stated in a study published by the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2000 that up to 80 percent of parents with mental illnesses might lose the custody of their children.
Risk For Mental Illnesses
A meta-analytic study done by Dr. Beardslee and colleagues published in the 37th volume of “Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry” in 1998 combined the results from several studies and reported that 61 percent of children whose parents suffer from major depressive disorder developed a psychiatric disorder during childhood or adolescence. These children were also found to be four times more likely to develop an affective disorder than children of healthy parents. The problems exhibited by children of unhealthy parents often include, for example, interpersonal difficulties and problems with attachment. However, strong genetic components of many mental illnesses may effect these statistics. Thus, it is sometimes difficult to say whether the mental illnesses developed by children of mentally sick parent were caused by genetic influence, or the exposure to their parent’s illness.
Children not Affected by Their Parents
Despite of the fact that many children with bipolar parents will have numerous problems, it is possible that some will never develop any. Many studies have focused on finding out what protected children unaffected by their parent’s illness. One thing that these children have in common is that they often have close relationships with other individuals. These people might be a siblings, teachers, or perhaps grandparents. Regardless, they provide stability and security that the child needs to grow up to be mentally healthy. These arguments were supported by findings presented in a doctoral dissertation by Narella Foster at the University of Griffith School of Nursing. In her dissertation, she also reported that children, who were not affected by their bipolar parents, often had a hobby that they enjoyed and could focus on. Yet, some children of bipolar parents seem to develop without problems, and then, unexpectedly, develop mental illnesses.
Please read also these pages:
- http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/bipolar-support-forums/general-support/57698-kids-and-a- bipolar-parent
After reading these articles, several questions can be raised!
Wade Robson has said that he had major depression and several nervous breakdowns the past two or three years. He believes that he has been sexually abused during his childhood and that has caused him the depression and the breakdowns.
Since Robson’s father was bipolar and since this disorder is hereditary what if the cause of Wade’s depression and the collapse is in fact the disease bipolar or other form of mental ailment as some of the articles above suggested? Perhaps Robson has been diagnosed with bipolar or another mental disorder after his breakdowns?
In the beginning of the 90’s, besides “Wade’s career and future”, what other reason did Joy Robson have to move to the USA? Did she want to protect her children from their father? If yes, did she told that to Jackson and asked him to help her? What part of the truth is Joy Robson hiding to protect Wade? Did Wade’s father have an aggressive and abusive behavior? If yes, why did Joy not divorce him as June Chandler divorced Evan? We know that Evan Chandler had an aggressive behavior. His second wife has talked about it. In fact, she divorced Evan too.
Since both Evan and Leslie killed themselves, this means that their treatment and therapy – if there was any – did not work.
Let’s talk about the child sexual abuse and molestation. In one of the document called Robsonclaim-pdf filed on June 27, 2013 on page 6 we see this paragraph:
In the same document in exhibit 1 page 6 we read:
In the same document in exhibit 1 page 8 we read:
Since Wade Robson says himself in the first quote that he understood his molestation only in mid 2012 and not before, how his father could have known about it in 2002? How this unrealized and suppressed memory/act could have been known by his father in 2002? Unless the act of molestation and child sexual abuse – if there was any – was in connection to his father. Is this error an example of what Freud had called lapsus memoriae?
A definition for lapsus memoriae:
- Sometimes considered as a symptom of memory foible or error.
- A slip of the memory, sometimes considered to be a symptom of a mental illness.
But there is another possibility in the matter of child sex abuse and molestation. We know that in Australia, a very young Wade Robson was in a talent troupe called Johnny Young’s Talent school, and the group did fourteen shows a week, usually at venues like shopping malls.
We do not have enough information about Johnny Young’s Talent school and how they protected the children under their care. However, we cannot exclude the probability that some of the young people might have been sexually abused during the school’s activities.
Without drawing any conclusion or making any accusation, we have seen this info on Facebook:
UPDATE: Australian actress Debra Byrne has ignored former Young Talent Time host Johnny Young’s requests to take her allegations of sexual abuse offline.
Earlier this morning, Ms Byrne posted further details of the alleged sexual assault, …which “took place in a small studio” while filming a commercial.
She describes how she was filming a “red tulip commercial” – earlier referred to as a Roses chocolates commercial – when “something occurred in that studio”.
Ms Byrne doesn’t go into detail, but she says “I know there were witnesses. Please if you know anything or heard anything and want to help me please do x”.
Over the weekend, the former queen of pop had made a public plea for witnesses to come forward regarding an alleged sexual assault.
In a determined Facebook post trying to track down members of the public who might have witnessed the attack, Byrne recounted being “digitally raped” in a swimming pool while filming a segment for the iconic variety show.
After a day’s filming we the YTT and crew were swimming in a pool,” Byrne wrote.
“I don’t recall where the pool was but while I was in the pool, [alleged attacker’s name here] swam up to me and digitally raped me. I was a very disturbed girl and was abused I believe because I was considered fair game.”
Byrne has called on anyone who witnessed the filming of a Red Tulip Chocolates commercial in which Byrne and YTT host Johnny Young were the stars.
The commercial was a cross promotion with the Royal Easter Show.
“There were more than two people in the studio. If this jogs anyone’s memory and you are comfortable to speak with me about what took place in the studio please contact me.
“Blessings Debra Byrne x”.
But Mr Young’s daughter, Anna, has urged Ms Byrne to take the alleged incident off social media and report it to the authorities.
Speaking on behalf of her famous father, Ms Young said: “He would like her to go to the police, if she feels so strongly about it, rather than put it on Facebook.
“He feels if any woman has been wronged in any way — he’s very protective — go to the police, don’t put it on Facebook.
“We wish her all the best, if she does feel there is something that happened to her I agree with my dad, she really needs to go to the police.”
While it’s no secret Byrne’s relationship with Young was strained, entertainment reporter Peter Ford — who says he spoke with the entertainer last night — denied any suggestions he knew what was taking place.
“He just wants Debra to be happy,” Ford said during an interview with 3AW this morning.
“The suggestion with Deb often seems to be that Johnny Young knew what was going on and didn’t do anything. Johnny is adamant he didn’t know anything. He certainly wouldn’t have allowed it.”
Young aside, the 57-year-old revealed her isolation from the YTT cast in a 2011 interview with gay magazine SX in 2011.
“My welfare was not their main concern,” she said.
“No one wanted to talk to me about it or even give me a hug. No one thought I should be counseled. What I received was the opposite — I was yelled at by Johnny Young for forgetting my words.”
Byrne has lead a troubled life in front of and behind the camera. In her 2006 autobiography, Not Quite Ripe, she detailed years of sexual abuse by a family member along with countless suicide attempts.
“You become worthless in yourself,” Byrne told The Advertiser.
“If your [family member] teaches you that you are loved by sex, or that you are loved not by who you are but what you are prepared to give, then that’s what you continue to do with your life. That’s your programming.”
Byrne’s history on the set of YTT is plagued with scandal.
She had a sexual relationship with a 24-year-old crew member on the set of YTT when she was just 13. He was eventually charged with statutory rape.
She has also gone public with her struggles with alcohol, heroin and cocaine addiction, but is now a devout Christian.
Celebrating 50 years of television last night, Channel Ten ranked Young Talent Time as its tenth top show of all time.
The program was the launch pad of careers including the Minogue sisters and Tina Arena.
Ms Byrne has been contacted for comment.
Lee Brown unless you have walked this terrible path you could not possibly understand the trauma Debra Byrne has experienced and has had to live with. As for John Young, how bloody naïve is or was this man? If he was so protective, why didn’t he do something all those years ago? God bless you Deb, I hope you eventually find the results and peace you are looking for. I have followed Deb’s career from the very beginning and listened to and read comments from so called experts and work colleagues so I believe my comments are well informed. And for those who think Debra should just ‘get over it’ Are you suggesting a young girl’s body is the ‘entitled playground’ for men who are incapable of controlling their sexual urges? I don’t think so. Speak to any person who has been sexually abused as a child and they will unanimously tell you that it is nightmare they live with all their lives.
We know that Wade Robson fervently defended Michael Jackson in 93 and 2005. In fact, if Robson had been sexually abused at home and/or during his work with the YTT, he would know how a sex abuser acts. Since he did not see anything like this from MJ, he defended Jackson vehemently.
And if Robson had not been sexually abused at home and/or during his work with the YTT, he told the truth while he defended Jackson in the past. Actually, in 93 and 2005, Robson, his mother and sister made an investment on MJ and the truth. They stayed at Jackson’s side and did not sell him to Sneddon and Co. Until Michael was alive, Robson felt secure and knew that he could benefit from his investment. After Jackson’s death, things changed and made Wade insecure. His anxiety has probably been heightened if he had been diagnosed with bipolar or other mental disorder. All of this made him to change side and to sell Jackson to the enemy who undoubtedly has tried to recruit Wade since 1993. Even if Robson loses his case against the Estate of MJ, he knows that he will be taken care of. We know how Sneddon’s team has been taking care of the Arvizo’s after they lost their case in 2005 (please read the VMJ blog, the 2005 case).
Having learnt more about the bipolar disorder, we have to review the Chandlers’ case one more time. In fact, there were some legal cases which have been dismissed because of the insanity of the accuser(s). It is not a coincidence that mentally unstable people – a deranged Janet Arvizo and two bipolar fathers and their sons – have made accusations against Michael Jackson, his Estate and children.
However, there is an undeniable fact: until the Estate of MJ is successful and saves Michael’s assets for his children, episodes like Robson and Safechuck would probably come up!
Next blog: James Safechuck and some parts of Mr. Mesereau’s interview (see above nr. 3 and 4).