Jackson Settles With Sheikh

Singer settles out of court to avoid legal showdown
Monday , 24 November 2008
Jackson Settles With Sheikh

MICHAEL JACKSON's legal team have made a settlement in principle with an Arab sheikh who sued the King of Pop for breach of contract.

Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain filed a suit alleging he's owed a US$7 million advance on an album and autobiography deal that Jackson never honoured.

Jackson was expected to attend London's High Court on Monday to testify in the case, but he has been advised not to fly to the British capital after his lawyers made a last minute agreement with the sheikh's legal advisors.

According to the BBC, the Thriller hitmaker was about to board a flight to the UK to contest the claims when he was advised to postpone the trip.

It was thought Jackson wouldn't be able to make it to court due to bad health, but doctors in the U.S. gave him the all clear to make the journey following the mystery illness.

In the suit, Sheikh Abdulla claimed he paid for a recording studio for the star and sent his own compositions for Jackson to record, as well as alleging he wasted $2.2 million on studio time for Jackson to produce a song in aid of the victims of 2005's Hurricane Katrina - but the singer never attended.