Another legal case is heading for the estate of Michael Jackson, this time from Wade Robson, a famed choreographer who alleges that he experienced "childhood sexual abuse" by the late pop icon.
Robson, who has worked with Britney Spears and appeared on So You Think You Can Dance, frequently visited MJ's Neverland Ranch from age 7 and 14. He filed a complaint on May 1 asking the judge in the Jackson Estate case to allow him to file a late creditor's claim to collect money from the estate.
On Wednesday, the MJ estate's lawyer, Howard Weitzman, refuted Robson's claims as "outrageous and pathetic." But the dancer's lawyer released a statement to Fuse calling Jackson a "monster" and "sexual predator." Read the full statement below.
"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 had 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."