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Jackson acts over legal claim
Michael Jackson
Pop star Michael Jackson's lawyers have said they will ask a judge to throw out a lawsuit by the singer's former business manager who claims Jackson owes him $13m (7.9m).

Mr Jackson alleged his name was forged on an agreement to pay Myung Ho Lee, head of the Union Finance and Investment Corporation, for business advice.

Mr Lee sued the singer in April last year, alleging he backed out of a deal he had signed in 2001.

However, in a written statement for the court, Mr Jackson said: "This is untrue - I was not even in Los Angeles on that day."

Mr Lee had handled the singer's business affairs from 1997.

He said in his lawsuit that his fees and commissions were known to Mr Jackson when he authorised his business manager to make deals.

It is the latest controversy to embroil the star following an ITV1 documentary in which he revealed he had allowed children to stay overnight at his Neverland ranch.

Mr Jackson was widely criticised after telling British reporter Martin Bashir that a 12-year-old called Gavin regularly slept in his bedroom.

Mr Jackson vehemently denied any wrongdoing and has accused Mr Bashir of distorting the facts about his private life.

He said the reporter betrayed him in the way the film was edited.

For his part, Mr Bashir said he "was not accusing anybody of being a child molester or a paedophile", and stands by the programme.

The documentary has caused a sensation in the UK and US, being watched by more than 40 million viewers in the two countries.

And on Monday night in the US, TV network NBC is showing a programme called Michael Jackson Unmasked, about "the rise and fall of the Michael Jackson phenomenon".

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