Los Angeles Times (MCT)
The Mankato Free Press
---- — LOS ANGELES — Eight years after he testified in the Michael Jackson molestation trial that the pop star never touched him, an Australian choreographer has filed a claim against the singer’s estate alleging “childhood sexual abuse.”
Attorneys for Wade Robson, who knew Jackson and stayed at the singer’s Neverland Ranch as a teenager, has asked a Los Angeles judge to allow him to make a late claim as creditor in Jackson’s estate.
Most of the specifics are under seal, but the documents filed May 1 and publicly available state Robson’s claim to monies comes from “childhood sexual abuse.” The documents cite sealed evidence from a mental health practitioner.
Jackson died four years ago at age 50, becoming the only person in Los Angeles County not in the medical field to die of propofol intoxication at home in the last 14 years.
Since his death, his estate’s net worth has soared as allegations of molestation have faded.
In 2005, a highly publicized trial concluded with Jackson being found not guilty of multiple counts of abusing a 13-year-old cancer survivor in 2003.