Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa (lit. Abdullah, son of Hamad, son of Isa of the Khalifa) is suing ol' MJ for 4.6 Million Pounds Sterling (a shade over $6M) for not living up to a recording deal. MJ says it was a gift.
Sounds like a good candidate for Judge Judy.
But the sheikh, who is the second son of the king of Bahrain, said the money he spent supporting Jackson's lavish lifestyle was purely an advance on a music rights deal he agreed with the singer.
In a sworn statement read to the judge Mr Justice Nigel Sweeney, he said: 'I would never pay anybody millions of dollars for nothing in return.'
The collaboration started in 2004 and the pair agreed a deal to release pop songs to raise money for the victims of the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, the court heard.
I love Bahrain. S and I lived there for three and one half years; L was born there, we vacationed in Australia from there, we were there on 11 September 2001. We made friends there that we will keep for life - among locals, among expats, among our fellow Navy families.
Bahrain became a kingdom (a constitutional monarchy) around 2000. Being a kingdom (and even before) there were several places alongside the road that had billboards showing the King and his sons, the Crown Prince and Sheik Abdullah. I always thought Sheik Abdullah looked like John Lovitz in a gutrah (what Bahrainis call a kefiyeh).
Can't find that particular picture anywhere, but hey, if you open the article you can see the King of Pop in an abbayah...