So You Can Think You Can Dance judge and famed choreographer Wade Robson has filed a creditor’s claim against the estate of the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Robson filed the claim based on “childhood sexual abuse” even though he testified in the molestation trial in 2005 against Jackson that he’d never been molested by Jackson.
In the court documents of the creditors claim, Robson’s attorney stated in a sworn declaration that the claim needed to be sealed due to “childhood sexual abuse in the universal complaint for childhood sexual abuse as described in the unified complaint for childhood sexual abuse attached to the Creditor’s claim.”
Wade Robson, 30, met Michael Jackson when he was five years-old. According to the court documents, Robson attended sleepovers at Jackson’s house, Neverland Ranch until he reached the age of 14.
In the 2005 child molestation trial, Wade Robson was the star witness for the defense. Robson voluntarily testified that his friend, Michael Jackson had never abused him. Even when a Neverland Ranch housekeeper testified that she personally witnessed Robson showering with Jackson, he continued to deny any abuse allegations.
Tom Mesereau was the attorney who successfully defended Michael Jackson against the molestation charges told CNN that he was “extremely perplexed” by Robson’s new claim. Mesereau said, “It’s absurd.”
“He was one of the strongest witnesses for the defense at Michael Jackson’s criminal trial in 2005. He was adamant under oath that he had never been molested at any time.”
Mesereau also claims that he finds the filing of the claim suspicious, especially in light of the fact that Katherine Jackson is in the middle of a $40 billion wrongful death lawsuit against Jackson concert promoter AEG.
Speculation has swirled around Robson’s claim questioning whether or not Robson and the concert promoter, AEG are working together. However, an attorney for Robson vehemently denies that her client is working with AEG.
Susan Yu, one attorney who represents Robson stated, “Mr. Robson has had no contact whatsoever with AEG whatsoever regarding their case. It’s false and untrue that AEG had any contact with Mr. Robson before his claim was filed.”
A source close to AEG responded to the whispered rumors on Wednesday, saying, “AEG has just learned about Wade Robson’s claims, and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to call him to the stand. Wade doesn’t bring anything to the case that would bolster AEG’’s case that they aren’t responsible for Michael Jackson’s death.”
The lawyer for Michael Jackson’s estate, Howard Weitzman called Robson’s claim “outrageous and pathetic.” Weitzman went on to say that, “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.”
In a statement, Robson’s attorney Henry Gradstein stated, “Michael Jackson was a monster, and in their hearts every normal person knows it. Wade Robson, in addition to being one of the most talented people on the planet, is one of the kindest, most gentle, decent and introspective human beings one will ever meet.”
“He is the loving father of a young son and happily married. Last year, on a career trajectory that was off the charts, he collapsed under the stress and sexual trauma of what happened to him for seven years as a child.”
“He lived with the brain washing by a sexual predator until the burden of it all crushed him. ‘If anyone ever finds out about what we did we will go to jail for the rest of our lives, and our lives will be ruined forever’, Michael would say to him.”
“This kind of intimidation of a child by a sexual predator is tragically characteristic and effective keeping them quiet about the abuse, often for a lifetime. The irony here is that we were the ones who filed under seal and still tried to keep it secret.”
“Amidst all the accusations of a financial motive, no amount of damages is even listed in our papers. There are significant legal issues involved in this case that have the potential to impact lives beyond just our client.”
“But the Jackson money machine, in which everyone is indeed financially motivated, is at it once again to keep the truth from coming out. This time it won’t work.”
Wade Robson’s first hearing on his claim is scheduled to be on June 6, 2013.
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