Michael Jackson has reached an agreement with a sheik from Bahrain, which said that the singer owes him $ 7 million after breaching a contract signed, the pop star’s spokeswoman said Sunday.
The out-of-court settlement means Jackson will not testify at London’s High Court as scheduled on Monday, Aponte said Celene.
Dozens of journalists and fans had been expected to cram the courtroom for the appearance of the ever-unpredictable King of Pop. Aponte said Jackson was informed of the operation as he was going to board a flight to London.
“As Jackson was about to board his plane to London, was advised by his legal team to postpone their trips, because the parties had concluded an agreement in principle,” said Aponte. “Therefore, you do not attend court on Monday.”
A representative for the sheikh could not be reached immediately on Sunday afternoon.
Sheik Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, said he gave to the singer million and scheduled a series of collaborations following the acquittal of Jackson on child molestation charges in June 2005. Al Khalifa, 33, invited Jackson to the small, oil-rich Gulf state to escape media attention.
The sheik, the second son of the king of Bahrain, said he believed that it had formed “a close personal relationship” with the star, whom he affectionately referred to as “my brother”.
Al Khalifa, said that Jackson gave millions of dollars to help shore up its finances and to subsidize the lifestyles of Jackson in Bahrain – including more than $ 300,000 for a “motivational guru”. Al Khalifa, an amateur composer, said that the couple moved even on the same palace to work on music together.
However, Jackson dropped the project in 2006, leaving Bahrain and pulling the contract.
Jackson’s lawyers have maintained the money was a gift and held that the musician is not bound by the agreement because the contract was signed on behalf of 2 Seas Records, a company that never got off the ground.
The singer originally wanted to avoid coming to London to meet the demand in person, seeking instead to give evidence by video link from the United States. His lawyer, Robert Englehart, said that Jackson should be spared the Trans-Atlantic trip because of an unspecified illness, but on Thursday, the lawyer said the star of 50 years had been cleared for travel.
The demand is being heard in London by mutual agreement.
Jackson’s alleged medical problems – and his sometimes strange behavior – have been a feature of previous court appearances. His 2005 trial was punctuated by allegations of back problems, an apparent battle with the flu and hospital visits. At one point, the judge had to order the pajama-clad star in court in the emergency room.
His most notorious occurred in 2002 when a wide eyes Jackson testified in a court in California with what appeared to be a bandage hanging from his nose.