Molestation claim against Michael Jackson estate dismissed

Dancer-choreographer Wade Robson, pictured in 2007, alleges he was sexually abused by Michael Jackson.

Story highlights

  • A judge says Wade Robson filed his claim against Michael Jackson's estate too late
  • Robson's attorney says they plan to appeal the ruling
  • Robson testified for the defense during Jackson's child molestation trial in 2005

Los Angeles (CNN)A molestation claim made against the estate of Michael Jackson has been dismissed.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff ruled Tuesday that Robson waited too long to file his legal claim.
    Robson was a key witness for the defense in Jackson's 2005 criminal trial on child molestation charges. Jackson was found not guilty.
    "The court's dismissal of Robson's claim against the Estate of Michael Jackson confirms that his lawsuit was inappropriately filed," Howard Weitzman, an attorney for the estate of the late singer, said in an email. "When Robson's sole motivation was 'to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth' he testified Michael never did anything improper."
    Wade Robson
    Robson's attorney, Maryann Marzano, told CNN that they plan to appeal the ruling.
    "We are not about to throw in the towel," Marzano said. "We are confident that when all the facts are presented in civil court, there will be no doubt left about just what kind of sexual predator Michael Jackson was."
    Jackson died in June 2009 as he was preparing for a comeback tour.