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MICHAEL Jackson has converted to Islam and changed his name to Mikaeel, according to reports.
The singer wore traditional Islamic dress as he pledged his allegiance to the Koran at a friend’s home in Los Angeles,Â The SunÂ reports.
Jackson, who was raised a Jehovah’s Witness, reportedly decided to convert after discussing religion with a music producer and songwriter on his new album – both of whom were converts to Islam.
The SunÂ reported singer Yousef Islam – formerly knowns as Cat Stevens – turned up to help Jackson celebrate.
Jackson is due to give evidence in court next week after beingÂ sued by Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, second son of the King of Bahrain.
Sheikh Abdulla, who is seeking $US7 million ($10.7 million), claims he helped support the cash-strapped Jackson in the aftermath of his child molestation trial.
Sheikh Abdulla claims Jackson promised to pay back the money, while Jackson says he thought it was a gift.
Jackson is expected to give evidence to a London court via video link from LA.
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Lawyer: Michael Jackson to testify in his defense in lawsuit filed by prince of Bahrain
Updated Thursday, November 20th 2008, 4:07 PM
LONDONÂ – It should be a thriller of a day in court.
The singer – who wanted to appear via video link because of an unspecified illness – has been medically cleared to travel, his lawyer,Â Robert Englehart, said Thursday.
Jackson is fighting a $7 million lawsuit filed byÂ Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, an amateur songwriter who says the singer reneged on a deal to produce an album, an autobiography and a musical for their company, 2 Seas Records.
The sheikh, the son of the king ofÂ Bahrain, befriended Jackson in 2004 when the singer was facing child molestation charges. Jackson lived in Bahrain after his acquittal the following year.
Testifying Thursday, Sheikh Abdulla, 33, praised Jackson as “an individual who is very switched-on. He is a fantastic intellectual.” Asked if there was anything “unusual” about Jackson, he said, “No.”
In testimony and legal papers, he itemized his lavish spending on Jackson and his entourage, including:
$1.2 million for a donation in Jackson’s name for theÂ Rev. Jesse Jackson‘s rally marking the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.
$250,000 for “cash so MJ could entertain his friends at Christmas.”
The sheikh said he had to liquidate investments and sell a yacht to generate the cash to support Jackson.
He expected to get the money back in profits from their ventures.
“I would never pay anybody millions of dollars for nothing in return,” the sheikh said.
Englehart suggested that everything given to Jackson was a gift, and that Jackson’s contract with 2 Seas is not binding because the projects never got off the ground.
The sheikh said he was devastated when Jackson left Bahrain and stopped taking his calls. He sent a text message toÂ Grace Rwaramba, Jackson’s nanny, saying: “Is it really true my brother doesn’t want to do the recording with me?”
After his departure, Jackson left behind most of his possessions the sheikh had bought for him, including aÂ Rolls-Royce, a Bentley and a $165,000 gold-and-diamond statue.