*A judge said Thursday he was inclined to unseal portions of choreographer Wade Robson’s court filings alleging he was abused by Michael Jackson. However, personal details and psychiatrist reports would likely not be released, reports AP.
Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff said he needed to address which records should remain sealed before he can deal with whether Robson, a choreographer and television personality, can pursue his claim. Robson requested on May 1 that Beckloff allow him to file a late creditor’s claim against Jackson’s estate nearly eight years to the day after he testified in Jackson’s defense at the singer’s molestation trial.
Jackson was acquitted after Robson told jurors the entertainer never touched him inappropriately. Henry Gradstein, an attorney for Robson, said a breakdown last year prompted Robson to address the abuse.
Howard Weitzman, an attorney for Jackson’s estate and Thomas Messereau, the lawyer who successfully defended Jackson, have attacked Robson’s credibility and noted his repeated defense of the singer. Weitzman has called the accusations “outrageous and pathetic.”
“We are confident that the court will see this for what it is” he said at the time the allegations were first made.
On Thursday, Beckloff presented attorneys with possible redactions of Robson’s sworn declaration and said it should serve as a roadmap for what information can be made public. The judge believes some of the material could be made public, even though attorneys on both sides would like the case sealed in its entirety.
Some of Robson’s private and personal information, including a paragraph that detailed his allegations of abuse by Jackson, should be sealed, Beckloff said. He added that portions of the records that deal with mental health issues also should not be released.
Attorneys for Robson and Jackson’s estate will review the suggestions by the judge and report back at a hearing on June 25, the fourth anniversary of Jackson’s death. Beckoff, who is overseeing the probate case involving Jackson’s massive estate, said he will also handle a separate lawsuit filed by Robson against Jackson and two other defendants listed as “Doe 2” and “Doe 3” that includes allegations of abuse by the entertainer. That lawsuit also remains sealed.