Once a key defender of
Jackson, who died in 2010, "performed sexual acts on me and forced me to [perform] sexual acts on him," Robson said."He was a pedophile and child sexual abuser."
He made the accusations during an interview on the
Attorneys for Robson, who knew Jackson and stayed at the singer's
Most of the specifics are under seal, but documents filed May 1 that are publicly available say Robson's claim to money stems from "childhood sexual abuse."
Robson said he was sexually abused from 7 to 14 and decided to face up to the truth because he has a son and knows how he would feel if his son were to be abused.
Robson concedes that during a 1993 Los Angeles investigation of Jackson he denied that he was abused to prosecutors and says at the time that he had been brainwashed by the pop star. "He would call me every day and role play and tell me the same sort of things and also tell me then that if anyone ever thought that we did these things, any of these sexual things, that both of us would go to jail for the rest of our lives," he said.
The statements contradict testimony he gave as a 22-year-old in Jackson's 2005 trial. A jury acquitted Jackson of molesting a 13-year-old boy.
Robson testified in Jackson's molestation trial, in which he said that although he stayed at the Neverland Ranch numerous times and slept in the singer's bed, he was never molested. "Absolutely not," he said.
A housekeeper had testified that she saw Jackson showering with a boy she believed to be Robson, who as an adult went on to do choreography for
In response to the suggestion that Jackson may have molested him, Robson said, "I think it's ridiculous."
When Robson took the witness stand for Jackson's defense, the singer gave him the thumbs up. Jackson was ultimately found not guilty of multiple counts of abusing a 13-year-old cancer survivor.
To explain his testimony, Robson said, "I said what I understood and was able to say." He said he had two "nervous breakdowns" before he acknowledged the abuse.
A lawyer for the
Howard Weitzman, an attorney for the Jackson estate, said, "Mr. Robson's claim is outrageous and pathetic. 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.
"Now nearly four years after Michael has passed, this sad and less than credible claim has been made," he continued. "We are confident that the court will see this for what it is."
The singer's criminal defense attorney told CNN last week that the new allegations were "absurd."
"He was one of the strongest witnesses for the defense at Michael Jackson's criminal trial in 2005," Tom Mesereau said of Robson. "He was adamant under oath that he had never been molested at any time."
Jackson died four years ago at age 50, becoming the only person in Los Angeles County not in the medical field to die of
Since his death, his estate's net worth has soared as allegations of molestation have faded.
Jackson's mother and three children have sued "This Is It" concert promoter
Robson on Thursday denied that he was coming forward now to seek money from the Jackson estate. "I have lived in silence for 22 years."