Wednesday, July 27, 2005

JACKSON HOSPITALISED

He may have got him off on the charges of getting himself off, but Tom Mesereau's work is not yet over - presumably keeping his client sweet while he waits for the bill to be settled, Mesereau has attempted to lift public sympathy for Michael Jackson:

"Michael Jackson was ill from time to time. In fact, people didn't realise he actually entered the hospital after the verdict," Jackson's lawyer Tom Mesereau told BBC radio in an interview.

"He was dehydrated, he had lost a tremendous amount of weight, he was having trouble keeping food down, he was terrified about what was going happen to his children and he had a recurring back problem," he added.

"I am concerned because he is a perpetual target. There still is a perception among some people that he ... doesn't want to go to court and will settle," said Mesereau. "We will be fighting any of these suits all the way if they happen."


Well, to be honest, even if he was being unfairly targeted in the past (it's funny how once you pay one kid off rather than face a trial for abusing him, you start to get a reputation, isn't it?), pretty much everybody knows you'd be shaking an empty money tree.

Michael Jackson hospitalised after trial - lawyer

Jackson leaves court after being found not guilty
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LONDON (Reuters) - Michael Jackson went to hospital suffering from dehydration and weight loss after jurors acquitted the singer of child molestation last month, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

"Michael Jackson was ill from time to time. In fact, people didn't realise he actually entered the hospital after the verdict," Jackson's lawyer Tom Mesereau told BBC radio in an interview.

"He was dehydrated, he had lost a tremendous amount of weight, he was having trouble keeping food down, he was terrified about what was going happen to his children and he had a recurring back problem," he added.

The child star turned superstar, whose "Thriller" album made him one of the world's best known entertainers, was visibly weak at the end of his four-month trial and his family said he had gone to bed after the verdict.

Mesereau said he had not spoken to Jackson in the last few weeks although the two had been in touch after the trial.

Jackson was acquitted last month of molesting a 13-year-old boy in 2003 as well as plying him with alcohol and conspiring to abduct the boy.

The singer faced nearly 20 years in prison if convicted.

Although cleared, music industry experts have questioned how the formerly unstoppable superstar can rebuild his career and work his way out of deep debt.

Mesereau insisted Jackson would not settle out of court if further allegations were made against him.

"I am concerned because he is a perpetual target. There still is a perception among some people that he ... doesn't want to go to court and will settle," said Mesereau. "We will be fighting any of these suits all the way if they happen."

Jackson's success as a pop singer had faded even before the trial as he became more reclusive and the media turned its attention to his dramatic physical changes and eccentric lifestyle.

Mesereau said he hoped nobody entered Jackson's home to spend the night to avoid future false claims.

"I advised Mr Jackson not to let any families in his home again," said the lawyer.


That's the sort of top-quality legal advice you only get from expensive lawyers. We suspect a British brief would have just barked "keep your bloody hands off the toddlers."


1 comment:

Darren H said...

Where's "Dove Woman" eh???

How dare you disappoint me so!

I deliberately scrolled down slowly, to get the full enjoyment.

Bah!

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