Royal Courts of Justice, London - (Law Briefs News): Singer Michael Jackson is being sued in London's Royal Courts of Justice by the Emir of Bahrain's son Prince Abdullah over the return of a master demo tape the two made together in 2005 featuring a remake of the Elvis Presley hit 'You ain't nothing but a hound dog'.
The recording was made in Manama's Dilmun Studios and features a two minute video of the singer and his wannabe Bahraini entertainer chum gyrating in fetching Elvis-lookalike costumes against a background of 50-style New York gangster scenes.
Prince Abdullah was Jackson's benefactor in 2005 when he invited the singer and his family to stay at his palatial Manama house after Jackson's disastrous child-molestation trial.
In return for nearly one year's hospitality Jackson offered to make a 'hit single' with the young Bahraini princeling and the pair chose the old Elvis number because "the lyrics really tickle me in all kinds of places" according to the Prince's PR.
The result was dire.
According to music industry sources, Jackson was so strung out he could barely stand up to sing and looked emaciated and 'pinned out' as if on heroin.
His voice was croaky, parts of his face lookedas if the muscles had become frozen and depite much editing the final cut of the video was excruciatingly embarrassing.
As for the wannabe Bahraini princelet his pot belly wobbled so much that sound engineers 'literally pissed themselves laughing' while trying to keep a grip on the controls.
The finished product was so bad that Jackson's music advisors said it would be better to destoy the tape "and even torch the studio where it was recorded" rather than ever release the song in public.
But Prince Abdullah's lawyers disagree and are suing Jackson for the return of the master tape and the video as well as damages of $5 million plus all his board and lodgings fees for his 12 months stay in Bahrain.
Jackson's lawyers are adamant however that the Bahraini princelet will never get hold of the tapes.
"If ANY of this EVER gets out into the public domain it will spell the end of our client's career. For ever."
Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson is 39.