One of the star witnesses at Michael Jackson’s 2005 trial who adamantly denied that he had ever been molested by the singer has now changed his story as he fights for money from Jackson’s estate.

Wade Robson, 30, a top music choreographer who has worked with Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, knew Jackson decades ago when he went for sleepovers at the Neverland Ranch.

On May 1, Robson filed legal requests for financial compensation from the singer’s estate for ‘childhood sexual abuse.’ Then on Wednesday his lawyer told TMZ that Jackson was a ‘monster’ who sexually abused Wade for seven years, and even threatening him if he ever went public.

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Fanboy: Wade Robson, seen here at age 7, grew close to Jackson when he was a child and frequently slept over the star's infamous Neverland Ranch

Fanboy: Wade Robson, seen here at age 7, grew close to Jackson when he was a child and frequently slept over the star’s infamous Neverland Ranch

Attorney Henry Gradstein told TMZ, ‘Last year, on a career trajectory that was off the charts, [Wade] collapsed under the stress and sexual trauma of what had happened to him for seven years as a child.’

Gradstein continued: ‘He [Wade] lived with the brain washing by a sexual predator until the burden of it all crushed him.’

New story: Wade Robson, seen here in 2008, reportedly filed legal papers on May 1 claiming that Jackson's estate should pay him money for childhood sexual abuse

New story: Wade Robson, seen here in 2008, reportedly filed legal papers on May 1 claiming that Jackson’s estate should pay him money for childhood sexual abuse

The lawyer also claimed that Jackson threatened the younger man, saying: ‘If anyone ever finds out about what we did we will go to jail for the rest of our lives.’

Gradstein told TMZ that Wade was silenced as a result: ‘This kind of intimidation of a child by a sexual predator is tragically characteristic and effective, keeping them quiet about the abuse – often for a lifetime.’

He concludes with: ‘Michael Jackson was a monster and in their hearts every normal person knows it.’

Robson’s legal motion, which has been filed under seal so it is not available to the public, comes years after he made repeated public statements defending Jackson and denying any wrongdoing.

The two met when Robson was five years old and Jackson was in his late 20s or early 30s.

They bonded over a love of music and he repeatedly slept over his house and spent nights in the same bed as the much-older singer.

Robson played a pivotal role in the 2005 trial, when Jackson faced 14 counts relating to child molestation and conspiracy to molest minors.

He was found not guilty on all of the charges, and Robson was one of the star witnesses who defended Jackson, saying that he was never inappropriately touched or molested.

 

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