Michael Jackson may be dead and buried, but that doesn't mean he can't be the target of a lawsuit. Noted dancer/choreographer Wade Robson, now 30, has filed suit against the King of Pop's estate, claiming the he was molested by Jackson when he was a child.
The strange thing is that back in 2005, Robson denied he was sexually abused by Jackson when the pop star was facing charges of child molestation. Testimony by Robson, his sister, and his mother helped Jackson get off the hook.
During that trial, a housekeeper who worked at Jackson's Neverland ranch said that she saw Jackson in the shower naked with Robson in the early '90s; but Robson claimed it wasn't true. Now, however, he's changed his tune, leaving Jackson's current and former legal reps dumbfounded.
"It's absurd," Tom Mesereau, the lawyer who defended Jackson when he was acquitted of the charges, told CNN. "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."
During the 2005 trial, Robson testified that he had slept in the same bed with the pop star when he was a child and Michael would kiss him on the cheek, but Mesereau told TMZ, "Michael never touched Robson inappropriately in any way."
Howard Weitzman, a lawyer for Jackson's estate, also fired a shot at Robson, telling TMZ his "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."
During the 2005 trial, Robson's mother, Joy, testified that she trusted Jackson with her children; and that Wade, then 7, and his sister, Chantal, slept in Jackson's bedroom during their first visit to Neverland.
Since Jackson died in 2009, the deadline for creditors to file claims against his estate has passed, but Robson is requesting the probate court make an exception and allow him to file a late claim, since he was suffering from a "repressed memory," according to TMZ.
Robson's suit comes as Jackson's family is engaged in a court battle with concert promoter AEG Live over a wrongful death claim.
A professional dancer since childhood, Robson appeared on "Star Search" in 1990 dancing to Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" and also appeared in his music videos for "Black or White," "Jam" and "Heal the World." He went on to choreograph and direct videos and world tours for 'N Sync and Britney Spears, had his own MTV show called "The Wade Robson Project" and appeared on "So You Think You Can Dance" as a judge and a dancer. In a 2009 interview with "Entertainment Tonight," Robson said he learned so much from Jackson "as an artist and kind human being."