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Jackson 'blames legal conspiracy'
Michael Jackson
Jackson dismissed a number of business partners in June
Pop star Michael Jackson believes his former legal team set out to make him bankrupt, his spokeswoman has said.

"He has long been suspicious that some of those whom he entrusted to act on his behalf... may not have always acted in his best interest," she said.

She said Jackson had obtained documents that pointed to "one of the biggest conspiracies in entertainment history".

Financial problems have kept the singer in the headlines since his acquittal on child abuse charges last year.

Raymone Bain, who as well as being Jackson's spokeswoman is also his manager, did not name the people behind the alleged conspiracy.

But she did say that it had been realised when documents were sent to Jackson "which reveal a deliberate plan by some former attorneys as well as associates and advisors to force Mr Jackson into involuntary bankruptcy."

Mr Jackson is neither shocked nor surprised
Spokeswoman Raymone Bain

Always suspicious

Jackson's current legal team is now to investigate the scheme and, once this is completed, multiple legal actions are expected to be filed.

"In addition, there is a strong possibility that these documents will be forwarded to the US attorney general for review and possible involvement," Ms Bain added.

She also revealed that it is not yet known why Jackson's former associates would plan to bankrupt him.

"That's what we're trying to find out," she said.

"Mr Jackson is neither shocked nor surprised. He's always been suspicious that some of those whom he entrusted to act on his behalf, and to advise him with respect to his personal and business affairs, may not always have acted in his best interest."

Jackson is currently in Europe, where he is recording his first studio album of new material since 2001.

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