Wade Robson's sexual abuse claim against Michael Jackson 'all about the money,' 'pathetic,' say Jackson Estate lawyers
Robson, 30, was a witness in the 2005 child molestation trial where Jackson was acquitted of molestation charges. At the time, the choreographer, who slept over at the Neverland Ranch many times between the ages of seven and 14, testified that Jackson never touched him inappropriately -- though Jackson's former housekeeper testified that she saw Robson showering with the pop star.
Now Robson is suing Jackson's estate for damages, alleging specific charges of abuse in a sealed complaint. Sources tell TMZ that Robson claims he was suffering from repressed memories of the abuse and that he has worked with a psychiatrist regarding said memories.
Tom Mesereau, the attorney who led Jackson's defense in 2005, tells TMZ that this lawsuit is "all about the money," claiming that Robson was adamant and unwavering in his testimony eight years ago that Jackson never touched him in an inappropriate way. Mesereau also scoffs at the idea that Robson has a repressed memory of any abuse incidents.
Lawyer Howard Weitzman, the attorney for the Michael Jackson Estate, adds, "Mr. Robson's 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."
"Nearly four years after Michael has passed, this sad and less-than-credible claim has been made," Weitzman adds.