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Jacko defender says popstar abused him

A TV personality who was a key witness in Michael Jackson's successful defence against child molestation charges is now alleging he sexually abused him as a child.

Wade Robson was abused by Jackson during a seven-year period and is now claiming against his estate, his lawyer Henry Gradstein wrote in a statement.

The lawyer said Robson (30) suffered a breakdown last year but has not stated how much his client is seeking to recoup from Jackson's estate.




The molestation allegations have been fiercely denied by a lawyer for Jackson's estate and the singer's criminal defence lawyer, Thomas Mesereau Jr.

"Mr Robson was one of my strongest witnesses in Michael Jackson's criminal trial," Mesereau said.

"I called him to the stand at the beginning of the defence case and he was adamant that he had never been improperly touched or molested. This makes no sense."

Robson was the first defence witness during the 2005 trial that ended with Jackson's acquittal.

He spoke favourably about Jackson after the singer's death in June 2009. "Last year, on a career trajectory that was off the charts, (Robson) collapsed under the stress and sexual trauma of what had happened to him for seven years as a child," Gradstein wrote in a statement that referred to Jackson as a sexual predator.

Robson, an Australian-born choreographer, has appeared on the Fox TV series So You Think You Can Dance and worked with Britney Spears and other stars.