Michael Jackson to testify in British court

Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:31am EST
 
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - Michael Jackson will appear in a British court next week to testify in a lawsuit brought against him by a Bahraini prince, the singer's lawyer said on Thursday.

The reclusive 50-year-old pop star is being sued by Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad al-Khalifa, the second son of the king of Bahrain, who says Jackson reneged on a contract to record a new album and write an autobiography.

He also says Jackson owes him $7 million after the prince paid for his legal costs, travel and other expenses.

Jackson spent time in Bahrain as a guest of the royal family following a 2005 trial at the end of which he was acquitted of child molestation charges.

"He has been cleared by his medical advisers to travel in two days' time," Jackson's lawyer Robert Englehart told the High Court in London.

"Mr. Jackson is intending to travel to this country ... and will be available to give evidence to your lordship." The U.S. singer is expected to appear on Monday afternoon.

Englehart had initially argued that Jackson was unwell and should not travel, handing the judge a report earlier this week on the singer's medical condition.

Bankim Thanki, representing al-Khalifa, said the medical evidence produced was "pretty unsubstantial" and that Jackson had a habit of producing a "sick note" when he did not want to turn up in court.   Continued...

 
<p>Michael Jackson arrives for the 2006 World Music Awards at Earls Court in London November 15, 2006. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico</p>