Prince (Not That One) Targets Michael Jackson

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Prince (Not That One) Targets Michael Jackson

Tue Nov 18, 2008 @ 12:44PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

Jacksonmichael_2 The King of Bahrain's son was so eager to hear the King of Pop's next album that he fronted Michael Jackson millions of dollars as an advance for a record, an autobiography and a stage play.

The singer didn't produce, so now Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa is suing Jackson for $7 million in U.K. court to recover money that allegedly went to expenses including legal fees and a hairdresser.

Jackson claims there was no valid agreement, that the money was a gift. His lawyers also claim the singer is too sick to travel and will the seek permission to testify by video link from the United States.

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