Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sheikh: I Lent Jacko $1M ... and I Gave His Brother a Rolls; Fallen Out: Sheikh Abdullah with Michael Jackson and below, Arriving at the Court Today High Roller: Jermaine Jackson Got a Car and $450,000

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sheikh: I Lent Jacko $1M ... and I Gave His Brother a Rolls; Fallen Out: Sheikh Abdullah with Michael Jackson and below, Arriving at the Court Today High Roller: Jermaine Jackson Got a Car and $450,000

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON

AN ARAB sheikh lent Michael Jackson $1million during the fallen pop superstar's child abuse trial, the High Court heard today.

But Bahrainian prince Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hamad Bin Isa Al- Khalifa said Jackson thanked him for the loan in 2005 yet did not pay it back. The sheikh also gave the star's brother Jermaine a Rolls Royce and $450,000 as a gift.

The prince and the popstar have since fallen out and Sheikh Abdullah is suing Jackson for allegedly breaking a $7 million ([pounds sterling]4.7 million) contract.

The second son of the king of Bahrain today told the court that Jackson agreed a contract to sing some of the Sheikh's own songs.

He explained his musical ambitions before it unexpectedly emerged that Jackson would come to London to defend his reputation.

The star had been due to give evidence via videolink from Los Angeles but his doctor has given him the all clear to cross the Atlantic. He will appear in the witness box on Monday.

Sheikh Abdullah today said that he was introduced to Jackson by telephone after writing four songs with brother Jermaine in Bahrain..

The sheikh admitted that he had no musical training other than playing the piano as a child.

"I write music with producers. I don't write music myself, no," he replied to questioning from Jackson's counsel Robert Englehart QC. "I am very involved in the producing and have a creative input," he said.

He also agreed with Mr Englehart that none of the songs he recorded at his Bahrain studio was released and that he spent $450,000 on Jermaine while he stayed in the country from December 2004 to March the following year.

The sheikh bought Jermaine the Rolls- Royce when he returned to California..

"That was never paid back, was it?" said Mr Englehart.

"No," replied Sheikh Abdullah, adding that he did not expect his generosity to be repaid. …

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