Michael Jackson Estate Hit With Molestation Claim By Choreographer
Wade Robson (in 2007) and Michael Jackson, Photo Courtesy: NBC News
KHQ.COM - Choreographer Wade Robson has filed a claim against Michael Jackson's estate, alleging that he was abused by the late musician, according to E! Online,
which says it has received documentation of the petition against the
estate along with other supporting paperwork. The court filing is
sealed, but the documentation was filed on May 1.
Robson, who has appeared "So You Think You Can Dance" and worked with Justin Timberlake and Demi Lovato, may
have something of an uphill battle with his new claim: He testified in
Jackson's defense during his 2005 trial on child molestation charges,
and in an interview with "Entertainment Tonight" in 2009 noted that he
and Jackson had a "wonderful relationship." (Hat tip to Showbiz 411 for the video.) He also performed a tribute to Jackson that year in the MTV Video Music Awards.
is asking the probate court to allow him to file a late creditor's
claim against the Jackson estate, as the deadline has passed for
creditors to file such claims.
"It's absurd," said Tom Mesereau, Jackson's lawyer at the 2005 trial, told CNN.
"He was one of the strongest witnesses for the defense.... He was
adamant under oath that he had never been molested at any time."
testified in 2005 that he shared a bed with the pop star as a
7-year-old boy, but was never abused sexually. A former maid of
Jackson's, Blanca Francia, testified that she caught Jackson showering naked with Robson, but she was unable to confirm whether they had been touching one another because of the steam in the bathroom.
2005 trial of Michael Jackson was originally focused on allegations
that the singer had molested a 13-year-old cancer survivor, giving the
boy alcohol and conspiring to abduct and extort the boy and his family.
He was acquitted.
Mesereau noted that the timing of the suit was
"suspicious," coming as the start of a wrongful death civil suit between
Jackson's mother and children against AEG Live. AEG's lawyers have said
they will bring up the molestation charges in their defense.
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