Michael Jackson to present evidence in person in court

November 20th, 2008 - 10:42 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Nov 20 (IANS) Pop legend Michael Jackson will give evidence in person at London’s High Court to defend allegations that he owes $7 million to an Arab sheikh.His barrister, Robert Englehart QC, told Justice Sweeney Thursday that he was withdrawing his application for Jackson to give his evidence via video link from Los Angeles because of his health fears, reports dailymail.co.uk.

Jackson is expected to arrive in Britain over the weekend to give his evidence Nov 24 afternoon.

The case involves Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, second son of the King of Bahrain, who is suing Jackson to get back what he says he spent on the star.

Bankim Thanki QC, representing the sheikh, told Sweeney that Jackson signed a contract for recording albums, writing an autobiography and staging shows in which it had been agreed that $7 million (£4.7 million) would be deducted from Jackson’s agreed royalties to pay for the expenses.

Jackson insists there was no valid agreement and that the sheikh’s case is based on “mistake, misrepresentation and undue influence”.

In his pleaded defences, Jackson says the payments he received were “gifts” and that no project was ever finalised.

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