LOS ANGELES (AP) —A choreographer and television personality who was a key witness in Michael Jackson’s successful defense against child molestation charges is seeking permission to file a claim against the singer’s estate alleging the pop superstar sexually abused him as a child.
Wade Robson was abused by Jackson during a seven-year period, the choreographer’s attorney, Henry Gradstein, wrote in a statement Wednesday. The attorney said Robson, 30, suffered a breakdown last year but has not stated how much his client is seeking to recoup from Jackson’s estate if a judge permits him to pursue his abuse allegations.
Details on Robson’s accusations were filed under seal.
The molestation allegations have been fiercely denied by an attorney for Jackson’s estate and the singer’s criminal defense attorney, Thomas Mesereau Jr.
“Mr. Robson was one of my strongest witnesses in Michael Jackson’s criminal trial,” Mesereau said. “I called him to the stand at the beginning of the defense case and he was adamant that he had never been improperly touched or molested. This makes no sense.”
Robson was the first defense witness during the 2005 trial that ended with Jackson’s acquittal on molestation charges. He also spoke favorably about Jackson after the singer’s death in June 2009.
“Last year, on a career trajectory that was off the charts, (Robson) collapsed under the stress and sexual trauma of what had happened to him for seven years as a child,” Gradstein wrote in a statement that referred to Jackson as a sexual predator.