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Bahrain Prince Sues Michael Jackson

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Bahrain prince sues Michael Jackson in UK court

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LONDON (Reuters) – A son of the king of Bahrain took U.S. pop star Michael Jackson to court on Monday for reneging on an agreement to record a new album and write an autobiography.

Bankim Thanki, the lawyer representing Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad al-Khalifa, told London's High Court that his client had made several payments to Jackson from 2005 onwards, including $35,000 to pay utility bills at Jackson's Neverland Ranch.

The court heard that the following month, in April 2005, Jackson asked for one million dollars through an assistant, the Press Association reported.

"Sheikh Abdullah made many more payments on his behalf or to others," Thanki said.

"Sheikh Abdullah began to support Mr. Jackson financially after 2005 when it became clear that Mr. Jackson was in very serious financial difficulties, much to Sheikh Abdullah's surprise," Thanki added.

The early financial support coincided with Jackson's 2005 trial on child molestation charges. Despite his acquittal, the case left the 50-year-old performer's reputation and financial status in tatters.

Jackson spent time in Bahrain as a guest of the royal family following the trial, and in April 2006 a statement was released on behalf of Bahrain music label Two Seas Records announcing he would record a new album for release in 2007.

The sheikh is suing the pop legend for allegedly reneging on a $7 million "pay-back" agreement designed to repay money he advanced to Jackson during his financial troubles.

He said he and Jackson entered into a "combined rights agreement" under which the star was committed to a recording contract, an autobiography and a musical stage play.

But Jackson contests that there was no valid agreement and that the sheikh's case was based on "mistake, misrepresentation and undue influence."

In his pleaded defense, Jackson said the payments he received were "gifts" and that no project was ever finalized.

At the start of a court hearing set for up to 12 days, the judge heard that an application would be made for Jackson to give evidence via video link from Los Angeles.

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Comment by BrandonS - December 17, 2008, 12:05 am
The King of Pop has certainly been going through some hard times lately. It if wasn't for bad luck, he'd have no luck at all. It is the time when he had to count on financial resources that he know such as payday loans. Over the past years, the pop star has been in several legal and financial problems and it continues to increase. It was just announced that an auction will be held to sell the singer’s personal items which will take place in April of 2009. Two of the items up on the auction block are the gates to Neverland Ranch, and the white glove that he wore on the music video of his song “Billy Jean.” Jackson, who is commonly referred to as “Wacko Jacko,” has been in a financial hole ever since his second trial for child molestation and the near foreclosure of the Neverland Ranch (which has not been used for years) back in 2005. From that time on, Michael Jackson, with the best selling album of all time, has been the most criticized high profile recluse in the world. Just recently, the pop star settled a lawsuit from a member of the Bahraini royal family, who had contracted a book and album deal with Jackson in exchange for living expenses during his time spent in Bahrain. A spokesperson for the auction claims that it is not a forced sale, yet some appear to disagree, considering their observation of the King of Pop living well above his means. Fortunately, we don’t have to auction off all of our belongings when or if our budget falls short – apply for a payday loan. Click to read more on <a title="Michael Jackson Needs a Payday Loan" rev="vote-for" href="http://personalmoneystore.com/moneyblog/2008/12/11/michael-jackson-needs-a-payday-loan/">Payday Loans</a>.

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