MJ's lawyers call sex tape claims outrageous
Lawyers for the deceased Michael Jackson describe fresh child molestation claims as outrageous and pathetic.
LOS ANGELES - Michael Jackson's attorney, Howard Weitzman, on Wednesday described fresh claims of child molestation against the dead pop star as "outrageous and pathetic."
Choreographer Wade Robson, who testified in defence of the Thriller singer in a 2005 child sex abuse trial, filed a creditor's claim against Jackson's estate last week, alleging he had been abused by the singer when he was a minor.
"Mr. Robson's claim is outrageous and pathetic," Weitzman, said.
Robson, 30, developed a friendship with Jackson as a child and slept over at the singer's_ Neverland Ranch_ home in Southern California on several occasions.
He made his claim for damages against the singer's estate almost four years after Jackson's June 2009 death. Details of his allegations were not publicly available.
Robson's attorney, Henry Gradstein, accused Jackson of brainwashing and intimidating Robson to keep him from coming forward.
"Last year, on a career trajectory that was off the charts, he (Robson) collapsed under the stress and sexual trauma of what had happened to him for seven years as a child," Gradstein said.
He added that Robson had no financial motive and did not request a specific amount of damages in his claim.
Jackson was tried and acquitted in 2005 on molestation charges involving another minor.
Robson testified at that trial in defence of the singer.
"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," Weitzman said.
Meanwhile, an unrelated wrongful death suit, brought by Jackson's family against concert promoter AEG Live, is in its second week of trial in Los Angeles.