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Last Updated: Monday, 6 June, 2005, 07:19 GMT 08:19 UK
Jackson seeks hospital treatment
Michael Jackson's car
Mr Jackson's vehicle was shielded from photographers
US pop star Michael Jackson has been released from a California hospital, six hours after seeking treatment for a recurring back problem.

Mr Jackson arrived at the Santa Ynez Cottage Hospital, close to his ranch, at about 1430 (2130 GMT) on Sunday.

Jurors considering child abuse charges will resume deliberations on Monday, after they were sent out on Friday.

Michael Jackson denies all 10 of the charges against him.

He faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted.

Key witnesses

At the hospital, Mr Jackson's minders kept photographers at bay by shielding his vehicle with a screen.

Fans outside the Santa Maria court house

"It's the same problem he's had throughout the trial, it's been bothering him all week," Mr Jackson's publicist Adean King said, the AFP news agency reported.

"Since it's a slow day he decided to have it checked."

On Friday, the jury of eight women and four men deliberated for two hours before going home for the weekend.

They will return on Monday, and are expected to deliberate for about six hours a day until they either reach verdicts or announce a deadlock.

The jurors are not expected to reach their verdict until sometime next week.

In his closing arguments, Mr Jackson's lawyer Thomas Mesereau told jurors that the abuse allegations by Gavin Arvizo were the work of a family intent on capitalising on his client's fame and wealth.

Michael Jackson outside the courthouse in Santa Maria, California
Mr Jackson has been treated in hospital for back trouble before
"Why did they bring this case against Michael Jackson? Because he is a megacelebrity, and they hope they can get away with it," Mr Mesereau said.

In their closing argument, prosecutors portrayed the star as a serial paedophile who should be held responsible for abusing boys.

Prosecutor Ron Zonen said "something terribly illegal" happened at Mr Jackson's Neverland ranch after the Arvizo family went to stay with the singer in 2003.


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