Michael Jackson Settles ‘Out of Court’

Michael Jackson has reached an out-of-court settlement with Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who was suing him for seven million dollars (5.6 million euros), his spokeswoman said on Sunday. “As Mr Jackson was about to board his plane to London, he was advised by his legal team to postpone his travels since the parties had concluded a settlement in principle,” Celina Aponte told AFP. Jackson was due to testify in person at London’s high court as part of the case, but Aponte, international director at The Outside Organisation, said: “He will not be attending court on Monday.” Sheikh Abdulla, the second son of the King of Bahrain, had demanded the repayment of several advances he says he made as part of a joint music project in Bahrain, which Jackson pulled out of. Jackson contested the claim, saying no project was ever finalized and insisting the money he received had been a gift. The sheikh’s lawyer Bankim Thanki said his client helped support Jackson financially in the aftermath of his 2005 child molestation trial, in which the singer was acquitted. He accepted a request for one million dollars in April 2005 and paid the 2.2-million-dollar legal bill for the court case, the lawyer said. Thanki said Jackson signed a contract to record albums, write an autobiography and stage shows, and that document noted that seven million dollars would be deducted from the artist’s royalties to pay for expenses. Jackson said however that the sheikh’s case was based on “mistake, misrepresentation and undue influence”. His lawyer Robert Englehart said last week in court that while there was “no doubt that Sheikh Abdulla was very generous in his hospitality and general treatment of Michael Jackson”


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