Blanca Francia will play an integral role in whether famed choreographer Wade Robson receives any form of compensation from Michael Jackson’s estate. If you can’t recall, Francia is the Neverland Ranch housekeeper who described, in detail, witnessing a young Robson naked in a shower with the late “King of Pop.”
According to TMZ, testimony given by Francia in April 2005, during Jackson’s molestation trial, is now being combed over by Robson’s lawyers. Francia worked at Neverland during the late ’80s. During the trial, she admitted to witnessing Jackson showering naked with a 7 or 8-year-old Robson.
Exclusive transcripts of Francia’s testimony have been obtained, where she describes seeing “Michael’s underwear on the floor outside the shower, as well as Wade’s child-sized neon green underwear,” according to TMZ.
In the transcripts, Francia says she couldn’t see what Jackson was doing because steam had fogged the shower door. But, she says she heard Jackson laughing.
During the trial, however, Francia’s character and the validity of her statements were often called into question by the public. In the end, Francia’s words also fell short of convincing the jury to find Jackson guilty. Jackson was later acquitted of the molestation charges. In fact, Robson also testified during the trial, only to insist that Jackson never touched him.
This time around, Robson’s story has changed drastically, saying that Jackson’s companies– MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures — were responsible for protecting him because they recruited him from Australia to work.
According to reports, Robson now wants to use Blanca’s testimony as evidence to show he was abused by Jackson. TMZ also says, they were told by Robson’s lawyers that they have reached out to Francia to see if she will take part in the new case.
Francia and her son, Jason–who also testified that he was molested–reached a $2 million settlement with Jackson that was finalized in two stages, in 1996 and 1998.