The late Michael Jackson has been hit with new claims of sexual abuse, as celebrity choreographer Wade Robson has filed a suit against Jackson’s estate over alleged child molestation that occurred when Robson was a child, TMZ reports.
Robson is best known for his MTV show The Wade Robson Project and for his work as a choreographer and creative director with Britney Spears, NSYNC and Demi Lovato. (Pop history trivia: Back in the day, it was rumored that Robson’s relationship with Spears caused her breakup with Justin Timberlake and eventually inspired him to write “Cry Me a River.”)
But Robson also credited Jackson with inspiring him as an entertainer and choreographer after Robson met the superstar at age 5 and began having sleepovers at Neverland Ranch; he testified in Jackson’s 2005 molestation trial that the singer had never behaved inappropriately with him — even though Jackson’s longtime housekeeper claimed that she saw Jackson and Robson in the shower together when Wade was 8 or 9 years old.
As TMZ notes, Robson’s legal documents are currently sealed, but their sources claim that the papers outline the alleged abuse in detail.
File all of this news under “dark and horrifying.”