Four years after his death and eight years after a highly publicized sexual-abuse trial, the estate of Michael Jackson is facing another claim that the singer molested a frequent guest at his Neverland Ranch.
In legal documents obtained by TMZ, famed choreographer Wade Robson alleges that he experienced “childhood sexual abuse” by the late pop icon. Robson, 30, who has appeared on “So You Think You Can Dance” and has worked with big names like Britney Spears, frequently visited Neverland between the ages of 7 and 14. The complaint, filed on May 1, reportedly asks the judge in the Jackson Estate case to allow Robson to file a late creditor’s claim to collect money from the estate.
But Jackson Estate lawyer Howard Weitzman was quick to shoot down Robson’s claims as “outrageous and pathetic.”
“This is a young man who has testified at least twice under oath over the past 20 years and said in numerous interviews that Michael Jackson never did anything inappropriate to him or with him,” Weitzman told TMZ on Wednesday (May 8). “Now, nearly four years after Michael has passed, this sad and less than credible claim has been made.”
During Jackson’s 2005 trial against Neverland visitor Gavin Arvizo, Robson denied that the singer ever molested him. (Jackson was found not guilty of all charges, and his lawyer from that trial told TMZ on Wednesday Robson was “strong and unwavering in his testimony.”) But the choreographer now claims that his “repressed memory” prevented him from initially filing any claims against Jackson.
Robson’s claim is not public, as he reportedly filed in under seal. MTV News has reached out for comment from Robson’s attorney.