Monday, July 04, 2005

Jackson vacations in Bahrain

By The Associated Press
Friday, July 1, 2005

MANAMA, Bahrain -- Pop star Michael Jackson began a vacation on the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain, looking for privacy and relaxing in a secret location somewhere in this archipelago, his royal host said Thursday.

He can thank his brother for the getaway destination: Jermaine Jackson is a close friend of Bahrain's royal family.

Jackson arrived in Bahrain Wednesday night as a guest of the royal family. His host is the king's son, Sheik Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who flew in with the singer from Europe on a private plane.

The prince would not say where Jackson was staying in the Rhode Island-sized kingdom.

"Bahrain has a lot of beautiful places to offer," the prince told The Associated Press. "He would love his privacy, and we will do our best to maintain the privacy he has."

Jackson was acquitted of child molestation charges in a California court on June 13.

The singer arrived alone, without his three children.

"He is here to relax with friends, and we are proud and honored to welcome him," Sheik Abdulla said. "Michael is very well, very happy and very relaxed here." Read More


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