A judge in Los Angeles has dismissed a lawsuit that was one of the last major claims against Michael Jackson’s holdings. The AP reports that the judge threw out a suit filed by a choreographer who alleged the singer molested him as a child.
“Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff’s summary judgment ruling against the now-35-year-old Wade Robson found that the two Jackson-owned corporations, which were the remaining defendants in the case, were not liable for Robson’s exposure to Jackson,” the AP reports. “He did not rule on the credibility of Robson’s allegations themselves.”
Robson’s attorney, Vince Finaldi, said he plans to appeal.
“Robson, a native of Australia who has worked with Britney Spears and NSYNC, met Jackson when he was 5 years old,” the story reports. “He testified in Jackson’s defense at the singer’s 2005 criminal trial, saying he had spent the night at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch more than 20 times and usually slept in Jackson’s room, but Jackson never molested him. Jackson was acquitted in that trial.
“Then in 2013 about four years after the singer’s death, Robson sued the Jackson estate for what his attorneys described as molestation that spanned a seven-year period.”