Choreographer Wade Robson has submitted a posthumous claim of sexual abuse against the estate of Michael Jackson, years after he denied having ever been molested by the pop star.
Wade Robson first met Michael Jackson when he was five and twice testified during trials that Jackson had at no time harmed or sexually molested him through the course of their friendship.
But Robson now says differently, seeking to submit a late creditor’s claim to Michael Jackson’s estate as a victim of “childhood sexual abuse.”
Howard Weitzman, lawyer for the Jackson estate, has refuted Robson’s allegations — pointing to the choreographer’s testimony under oath as well as other statements he made in the past insisting the King of Pop had never molested him:
“Mr. Robson’s claim is 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, speaking to TMZ, added:
“Now, nearly 4 years after Michael has passed, this sad and less than credible claim has been made.”
Friends have told the gossip site that Wade Robson now says he “repressed” the memory of abuse at the hands of Michael Jackson, but Weitzman remains skeptical the claim has any merit.
The Jackson lawyer added:
“We are confident that the court will see this for what it is.”
According to the site, Wade Robson and Michael Jackson remained friends for many years. After the pair met when Robson, now 30, was five, the famed choreographer would visit the Neverland Ranch frequently when he was between the ages of seven and 14.
While Michael Jackson’s lawyer denies the singer abused Wade Robson, a domestic employee of Jackson’s testified previously that she had witnessed the singer showering with the then eight or nine-year-old.