[b]Judge: Michael Jackson in California when man claimed abuse[/b] By Janet McConnaughey ASSOCIATED PRESS 1:56 p.m. April 18, 2006 NEW ORLEANS Michael Jackson proved that he was in California when a New Orleans-area man claimed the pop star kidnapped and molested him for nine days in 1984, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon’s reasons for tossing a lawsuit filed by Joseph Bartucci Jr. against Jackson were posted Tuesday on the court’s Web site.
[b]Michael Jackson Sails With Two Seas[/b] April 18, 2006, 10:45 AM ET ‘Crazy Frog’ Exec To Head New Label Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y. & Lars Brandle, London Michael Jackson has taken a step towards a return to his musical career by signing an exclusive recording agreement with Bahrain-based Two Seas Records. The label is a joint venture between the embattled pop star and Abdulla Hamad Al-Khalifa. Jackson, who has been in Bahrain since shortly after his on child molestation charges, is said to be working on new material. A new album is tentatively scheduled for release in “late 2007,” according to a statement. “I am incredibly excited about my new venture and I am enjoying being back in the studio making music,” Jackson says.
[b]Jackson confirms new management deal[/b] Tuesday April 18, 01:29 PM [img]http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/wenn/20060418/12/3997822156-jackson-confirms-new-management-deal.jpg[/img] Michael Jackson has confirmed his new manager is English
Monday, April 17, 2006 · Last updated 3:48 p.m. PT [b]Suit alleging abuse by Jackson dismissed[/b] By KEVIN MCGILL ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed against Michael Jackson by a man who claimed that the pop star molested him more than 20 years ago. The alleged victim claimed he repressed the memory of the assault until 2003. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon dismissed the suit brought by Joseph Bartucci Jr., who claimed he was lured into Jackson’s limousine during the 1984 world’s fair in New Orleans and held for nine days, during which he was both sexually and physically assaulted. The lawsuit sought unspecified damages. “We’re pleased with the results,” Jackson spokesman Brian Oxman said Monday. “It’s time to get on to new and better things.”