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The Michael Jackson Watch

Your guide to pop music's biggest thriller

January 23, 2004 12:00 AM ET

The Barrett-Jackson auto auction company has postponed the sale of Michael Jackson's 2001 Bentley Arnage Red Label, which was expected to fetch more than $150,000. The car, which bears Jackson's signature on its roof and those of stars like Beyonce and Tom Petty on its interior, was featured in the "What More Can I Give" video. The Bentley was scheduled to go under the hammer on Thursday in Scottsdale, Arizona, but Jackson's people did not deliver its title on time. It may be up for bid March 18 in Palm Beach, Florida . . .

Concerned about Jackson's ties to the Nation of Islam, his former wife Debbie Rowe spoke out last week and revealed that the two children she bore for her ex are Jewish. Fox News reported that Rowe has told friends she does not want the children -- Prince Michael, 6, and daughter Paris, 5 -- to be "exposed" to the Nation . . .

Though likely inadmissible in court, Jackson's former friend and psychic Uri Geller told Israel's Army radio that the pop star had denied sexually abusing children while under deep hypnosis. According to Geller, Jackson's exact words were "my relations with children are very beautiful" . . .

The boy at the center of the Michael Jackson case is reportedly in declining health and his family members are so concerned over his condition that they are hardly paying attention to the singer's trial. A former attorney for the mother of the accuser said the boy recently had a kidney, his spleen and adrenal gland removed during surgery to remove a cancerous tumor . . .

Jackson's attorney Mark Geragos requested that the judge in the case allow him to sidestep the gag order in place to respond to what he claimed were false reports leaked about his client. Santa Barbara District Attorney Tom Sneddon went the other direction, asking the judge to issue more restrictive rules on responding to allegations . . .

Attending the Jackson arraignment last Friday was not cheap, with parking spots at the court house reportedly going for $250 a piece . . .

Geragos recently brought in some heavy artillery to help out on the case, announcing that attorney Benjamin Brafman would be acting as co-counsel. Brafman is best known as the lawyer who helped P. Diddy beat bribery and weapons charges. . . .

A judge pushed back another trial involving Jackson, this one a suit against Motown Records parent company Universal Records over royalties. Hearings in that case were supposed to take place in January, but have bumped until March 9th . . .

Amidst the hoopla surrounding his case, Jackson found time to pledge his financial support to anyone who can help solve a quadruple murder in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. Officials are looking for information leading to the suspects in a case involving the murder of a twenty-three-month-old baby boy, his parents and another adult male, who were shot last week in what appears to be a drug-related homicide. Jackson has reportedly offered to match any funds collected to help the family of the murdered child.

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