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LONDON - MARCH 05:  Michael Jackson attends a press conference to announce plans for a summer residency of concerts at the O2 Arena, Grenwich on March 5, 2009 in London, England.

LONDON - MARCH 05: Michael Jackson attends a press conference to announce plans for a summer residency of concerts at the O2 Arena, Grenwich on March 5, 2009 in London, England.

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LONDON - NOVEMBER 15:  Singer Michael Jackson performs on stage during the 2006 World Music Awards at Earls Court on November 15, 2006 in London.

LONDON - NOVEMBER 15: Singer Michael Jackson performs on stage during the 2006 World Music Awards at Earls Court on November 15, 2006 in London.

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

US singer Michael Jackson announces that he is set to play ten live concerts at the London O2 Arena in July, which he announced at a press conference at the London O2 Arena, Thursday, March 5, 2009. The singer also stated that this would be his final performances in London. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

US singer Michael Jackson announces that he is set to play ten live concerts at the London O2 Arena in July, which he announced at a press conference at the London O2 Arena, Thursday, March 5, 2009. The singer also stated that this would be his final performances in London. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

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Michael Jackson in his ground-breaking Thriller video.

Michael Jackson in his ground-breaking Thriller video.

Pop legend Michael Jackson

Pop legend Michael Jackson

SANTA MARIA, CA - JUNE 13:  Michael Jackson waves as he leaves Santa Barbara County Superior Court after he was acquitted in his child molestation case June 13, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. After seven days of deliberation the jury has reached a not guilty verdict on all 10 counts in the trial against Michael Jackson. Jackson was charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. He pleaded innocent.

SANTA MARIA, CA - JUNE 13: Michael Jackson waves as he leaves Santa Barbara County Superior Court after he was acquitted in his child molestation case June 13, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. After seven days of deliberation the jury has reached a not guilty verdict on all 10 counts in the trial against Michael Jackson. Jackson was charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. He pleaded innocent.

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SANTA MARIA, CA - JUNE 13:  Michael Jackson waves as he leaves Santa Barbara County Superior Court after he was acquitted in his child molestation case June 13, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. After seven days of deliberation the jury has reached a not guilty verdict on all 10 counts in the trial against Michael Jackson. Jackson was charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. He pleaded innocent.

SANTA MARIA, CA - JUNE 13: Michael Jackson waves as he leaves Santa Barbara County Superior Court after he was acquitted in his child molestation case June 13, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. After seven days of deliberation the jury has reached a not guilty verdict on all 10 counts in the trial against Michael Jackson. Jackson was charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. He pleaded innocent.

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Singer Michael Jackson on stage in 1987.

Singer Michael Jackson on stage in 1987.

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Singer Michael Jackson performs with his brothers at his 30th anniversary celebration on 10th September, 2001 in Madison Square Garden in New York.

Singer Michael Jackson performs with his brothers at his 30th anniversary celebration on 10th September, 2001 in Madison Square Garden in New York.

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Singer Michael Jackson performs at his 30th anniversary celebration on 10th September, 2001 in Madison Square Garden in New York.

Singer Michael Jackson performs at his 30th anniversary celebration on 10th September, 2001 in Madison Square Garden in New York.

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Singer Michael Jackson in 1989 in New York.

Singer Michael Jackson in 1989 in New York.

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Singer Michael Jackson appears before the press in 1988 in New York.

Singer Michael Jackson appears before the press in 1988 in New York.

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Singer Michael Jackson ouside Madame Tussauds in London

Singer Michael Jackson ouside Madame Tussauds in London

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Singer Michael Jackson on stage for the start of a tour in July, 1983 In Kansas

Singer Michael Jackson on stage for the start of a tour in July, 1983 In Kansas

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Michael Jackson on stage in 1993.

Michael Jackson on stage in 1993.

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Singer Michael Jackson on stage in 1987

Singer Michael Jackson on stage in 1987

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Singer Michael Jackson performs on stage in 1987 in Japan.

Singer Michael Jackson performs on stage in 1987 in Japan.

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Singer/songwriter Michael Jackson waves to fans as he arrives for court on September 17, 2004 in Santa Maria, California

Singer/songwriter Michael Jackson waves to fans as he arrives for court on September 17, 2004 in Santa Maria, California

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Michael Jackson exits courtroom after his child molestation trial is turned over to jury for delibration at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse June 3, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. Jackson is charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.

Michael Jackson exits courtroom after his child molestation trial is turned over to jury for delibration at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse June 3, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. Jackson is charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.

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Michael Jackson

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Following his arraignment, Michael Jackson delighted fan by jumping on top of his car and greeting his supporters at the Santa Maria Courthouse in Santa Maria, CA on January 16, 2004.

Following his arraignment, Michael Jackson delighted fan by jumping on top of his car and greeting his supporters at the Santa Maria Courthouse in Santa Maria, CA on January 16, 2004.

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Michael Jackson performing on stage during his "Bad" World Tour in Tokyo,Japan on the 14th of September 1987.

Michael Jackson performing on stage during his "Bad" World Tour in Tokyo,Japan on the 14th of September 1987.

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Michael Jackson with 10 year old Jimmy Suchcraft on the tour plane on 11th of July 1988.

Michael Jackson with 10 year old Jimmy Suchcraft on the tour plane on 11th of July 1988.

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Michael Jackson performing on stage during his "Bad" World Tour in Tokyo,Japan on the 14th of September 1987.

Michael Jackson performing on stage during his "Bad" World Tour in Tokyo,Japan on the 14th of September 1987.

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Michael Jackson performing on stage during his "Bad" World Tour at Wembley Stadium on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist

Michael Jackson performing on stage during his "Bad" World Tour at Wembley Stadium on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist

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Singer Michael Jackson leaves Capitol Hill after a meeting with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) March 31, 2004 in Washington, DC. Jackson was on Capitol Hill to meet with African-American lawmakers and offer his support on the fight against AIDS and help for African children.

Singer Michael Jackson leaves Capitol Hill after a meeting with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) March 31, 2004 in Washington, DC. Jackson was on Capitol Hill to meet with African-American lawmakers and offer his support on the fight against AIDS and help for African children.

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1987 : Michael Jackson recieves an Honourary Doctrate with Whitney Houston from the Cosmopolitan University. 1987

1987 : Michael Jackson recieves an Honourary Doctrate with Whitney Houston from the Cosmopolitan University. 1987

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Singer Michael Jackson performs at his 30th anniversary celebration on 10th September, 2001 in Madison Square Garden in New York.

Singer Michael Jackson performs at his 30th anniversary celebration on 10th September, 2001 in Madison Square Garden in New York.

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Singer Michael Jackson in 1983 in London.

Singer Michael Jackson in 1983 in London.

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Singer Michael Jackson on stage for the start of a tour in July, 1983 In Kansas.

Singer Michael Jackson on stage for the start of a tour in July, 1983 In Kansas.

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Michael Jackson is searched as he enters the courthouse for his arraignment on child molestation charges, 16 January 2004 at the courthouse in Santa Maria, California.

Michael Jackson is searched as he enters the courthouse for his arraignment on child molestation charges, 16 January 2004 at the courthouse in Santa Maria, California.

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Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five performs on stage during the Jackson 5 Victory Tour at Arrowhead Stadium,Kansas City on the 6th of July 1984.

Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five performs on stage during the Jackson 5 Victory Tour at Arrowhead Stadium,Kansas City on the 6th of July 1984.

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Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "HiStory" concert tour held  in New York in 1997

Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "HiStory" concert tour held in New York in 1997

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Michael Jackson arrives at the HMV store in London,England during his to "BAD" tour of Britain on the 14th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.

Michael Jackson arrives at the HMV store in London,England during his to "BAD" tour of Britain on the 14th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.

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In this handout image provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, singer Michael Jackson is shown in a mug shot after he was booked on multiple counts for allegedly molesting a child November 20, 2003 in Santa Barbara, California.

In this handout image provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, singer Michael Jackson is shown in a mug shot after he was booked on multiple counts for allegedly molesting a child November 20, 2003 in Santa Barbara, California.

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Michael Jackson arrives at the Madame Tussards Waxwork Museum to unveil his waxwork during 1985 in London,England.

Michael Jackson arrives at the Madame Tussards Waxwork Museum to unveil his waxwork during 1985 in London,England.

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Michael Jackson arrives at the HMV store in London,England during his to "BAD" tour of Britain on the 14th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.

Michael Jackson arrives at the HMV store in London,England during his to "BAD" tour of Britain on the 14th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.

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Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five performs on stage during the Jackson 5 Victory Tour at Arrowhead Stadium,Kansas City on the 6th of July 1984.

Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five performs on stage during the Jackson 5 Victory Tour at Arrowhead Stadium,Kansas City on the 6th of July 1984.

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Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "BAD" concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.

Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "BAD" concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.

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A portrait of Michael Jackson before his "BAD" world concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.

A portrait of Michael Jackson before his "BAD" world concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.

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Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five performs on stage during the Jackson 5 Victory Tour at Arrowhead Stadium,Kansas City on the 6th of July 1984.

Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five performs on stage during the Jackson 5 Victory Tour at Arrowhead Stadium,Kansas City on the 6th of July 1984.

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Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five performs on stage during the Jackson 5 Victory Tour at Arrowhead Stadium,Kansas City on the 6th of July 1984

Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five performs on stage during the Jackson 5 Victory Tour at Arrowhead Stadium,Kansas City on the 6th of July 1984

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Michael Jackson is lead through a crowd by policeman on a promotionial tour of Great Britain in London in 1985

Michael Jackson is lead through a crowd by policeman on a promotionial tour of Great Britain in London in 1985

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Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "BAD" concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.

Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "BAD" concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.

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Michael Jackson and Brooke Shields arrive at the Picture Show in New York,United States of America.

Michael Jackson and Brooke Shields arrive at the Picture Show in New York,United States of America.

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Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "BAD" concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.

Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "BAD" concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.

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Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "BAD" concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.

Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "BAD" concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.

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Music star Michael Jackson performs during the Bad Tour in 1987 at Wembley Stadium, in London.

Music star Michael Jackson performs during the Bad Tour in 1987 at Wembley Stadium, in London.

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Music star Michael Jackson performs during the Bad Tour in 1987 at Wembley Stadium, in London.

Music star Michael Jackson performs during the Bad Tour in 1987 at Wembley Stadium, in London.

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Music star Michael Jackson performs during the Bad Tour in 1987 at Wembley Stadium, in London.

Music star Michael Jackson performs during the Bad Tour in 1987 at Wembley Stadium, in London.

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Music singer Michael Jackson arrives to perform at the 30th anniversary celebrations held on September 8, 2001 at Madison Square Gardens, in New York.

Music singer Michael Jackson arrives to perform at the 30th anniversary celebrations held on September 8, 2001 at Madison Square Gardens, in New York.

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Music star Michael Jackson performs during the Bad Tour in 1987 at Wembley Stadium, in London.

Music star Michael Jackson performs during the Bad Tour in 1987 at Wembley Stadium, in London.

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Michael Jackson is lead through a crowd by policeman on a promotionial tour of Great Britain in London in 1985

Michael Jackson is lead through a crowd by policeman on a promotionial tour of Great Britain in London in 1985

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Music star Michael Jackson waves to his fans during his Tour in 1984, in London.

Music star Michael Jackson waves to his fans during his Tour in 1984, in London.

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A doll of the entertainer Michael Jackson stands July 15, 1984 in USA. Jackson, who was the lead singer for the Jackson Five by age eight, reached the peak of his solo career with 1982''s "Thriller," the best-selling album of all time and recipient of eight Grammy awards.

A doll of the entertainer Michael Jackson stands July 15, 1984 in USA. Jackson, who was the lead singer for the Jackson Five by age eight, reached the peak of his solo career with 1982''s "Thriller," the best-selling album of all time and recipient of eight Grammy awards.

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Entertainer Michael Jackson poses with his pet boa constrictor September 15, 1987 in the USA. Jackson, who was the lead singer for the Jackson Five by age eight, reached the peak of his solo career with 1982''s "Thriller," the best-selling album of all time and recipient of eight Grammy awards.

Entertainer Michael Jackson poses with his pet boa constrictor September 15, 1987 in the USA. Jackson, who was the lead singer for the Jackson Five by age eight, reached the peak of his solo career with 1982''s "Thriller," the best-selling album of all time and recipient of eight Grammy awards.

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Michael Jackson performing in London in 1993

Michael Jackson performing in London in 1993

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Michael Jackson 1958-2009

Uri Geller is preparing to sue an American television news channel after it broadcast an allegation that he had betrayed his friend Michael Jackson for £100,000.

The legal action is the latest controversy to emerge from the claims and counter-claims arising out of the events that followed Jackson's death last year.



In his case for defamation, the psychic entertainer says he was the victim of a vicious email campaign after Michael Jackson's dermatologist publicly accused him on CNN of profiting from the controversial documentary of the pop star's life fronted by Martin Bashir. Geller, a British citizen, is bringing a High Court action in the UK after failing to win an adequate apology from CNN for what he says are totally false and unfounded allegations. The case concerns a broadcast in July when Arnold Klein, the star's former dermatologist, told veteran TV presenter Larry King that Geller had "sold Michael Jackson" to ITV for $200,000.



Mr Klein said: "In that interview, Michael was sort of assured that he'd paint him as a normal person. And they painted him as an absolute strange person."



Geller, who categorically denies personally benefiting from the exclusive interview with Mr Bashir shown in 2003, claims the CNN broadcast triggered an online hate campaign.



Paul Tweed, Geller's solicitor, has written to CNN in Atlanta demanding an apology and substantial damages.



The letter says: "During the course of the interview Dr Klein made a number of false and grossly defamatory allegations about our client ... that he cynically exploited his friendship with Michael Jackson for personal financial gain."



He adds: "For the avoidance of doubt, we would make it clear our client was not enriched in any way as a result of the Michael Jackson/Martin Bashir interview. Any monetary consideration our client received as a result of the introduction that he made in good faith between Martin Bashir and Michael Jackson was donated to charity in its entirety. The arrangement for all proceeds to go to charity had been firmly made prior to the programme being aired."



The case is seen as a test of America's battle with Britain over UK libel laws which allow claims to be brought in this country against US media.



A number of US states, including California and New York, have brought in laws that block claimants from enforcing libel judgments won in UK courts against American defendants. The legal backlash against what has become known as "libel tourism" follows a series of high-profile cases in which US magazines and broadcasters, with limited circulation and coverage in the UK, have been ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds of damages to non-British citizens by the UK courts.



But lawyers argue that the US attempt to protect free speech by closing the door on UK libel claims is denying justice to British citizens who have a right to defend their reputation.



CNN has "widespread" coverage in the UK which is facilitated by Sky and Virgin, who will also be joined in these proceedings.



ITV has confirmed it will repeat the 2003 Bashir documentary Living with Michael Jackson but without the controversial segment in which a 12-year-old boy talked about the singer.



The broadcaster has said it will cut the 90-minute documentary, which was fronted by Bashir and screened around the world, to 60 minutes to fit a 9pm hour slot on 16 July, on ITV1.



*Michael Jackson's doctor, who is alleged to have injected the singer in the hours before his death, is expected to be charged with involuntary manslaughter. Los Angeles police will present their case against Dr Conrad Murray to the District Attorney's office within weeks, accusing him of negligence in the singer's overdose.



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