Michael Jackson's Estate Hit With Sex Abuse Claim Amid Family's Legal Feud Against AEG
While Michael Jackson's family is still battling in court against AEG Live over the hiring of disgraced Dr. Conrad Murray in caring for his health, a new sexual molestation allegation against the singer emerges. Choreographer Wade Robson has filed a claim for money from MJ's estate, saying he suffered childhood sexual abuse from the late King of Pop.
CNN reports Robson is asking the probate court to allow him to file a late creditor's claim since the deadline has long passed for creditors to file claims against MJ's estate. Details of the filing are sealed by court, but it reportedly includes an affidavit from Dr. David Arrendondo, a San Francisco-based child psychiatrist.
The sex abuse claim contradicts Robson's testimony in a 2005 trial when Jackson was facing a set of similar accusations. Back then, the singer was accused of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor who often visited his Neverland ranch. He was acquitted on all counts, partly thanks to the testimony made by Robson, his sister and his mother.
Along with his sister Chantal, Robson, now 30, was a frequent guest at Jackson's ranch when the dancer was 7. He was one of Jackson's strong defenders eight years ago, denying that he had been molested by the singer. He also dismissed former Jackson housekeeper Blanca Francia's testimony that said she saw the two showering naked together during a visit.
Robson's mother, Joy, backed her son's statement as saying in the trial when called as a witness, "I've known Michael for a long time. I've spent many hours talking to him about everything. I trust him. I trust him with my children."
Tom Mesereau, the lawyer who successfully freed Jackson from all charges, called Robson's sex abuse claim "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," the attorney said.
"He withstood very aggressive cross-examination by the prosecutor," Mesereau went on. "He stood his ground and never wavered in saying Michael Jackson had done absolutely nothing improper to him."
A statement is expected to be made soon by the executors of MJ's estate in response to Robson's claim.
Wade Robson has appeared on "So You Think You Can Dance" and has worked with such big stars as Britney Spears and Usher.
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