Report: Michael Jackson planning to move overseas if acquitted
UPI News Service, 05/25/2005
Pop singer Michael Jackson will leave the country if he is cleared in his California child molestation trial, Fox News reports.
Among rumored relocation sites are London or Paris, Africa and Saudi Arabia, as "the pop star knows he has to take a breather from the (United States) if he wants to rehabilitate his career," columnist Roger Friedman said.
As Jackson's trial in Santa Maria appears to be in its final days, rumors are also flying he will sell his Neverland ranch with its staff of 100, a zoo and carnival.
"Brother Jermaine Jackson spends a lot of time in Saudi Arabia, but Michael doesn't like the hot sun and doesn't much care for Jermaine," the report said.
Jackson's defense wrapped up questioning of its final witness Tuesday. The 46-year-old faces 10 felony charges related to molestation and abuse in 2003 of a boy who is now 15.