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Jury asks Jacko to pay damages to aide

india Updated: Jul 15, 2006 13:26 IST
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A California jury awarded $900,000 in damages on Friday to an associate of "King of Pop" Michael Jackson for unpaid expenses arising from work he did on the troubled star's album and video.

But the jury in a split decision also said the associate, Marc Schaffel, owed Jackson $200,000.

The 47-year-old star, who has recently been living in Bahrain, was initially sued for $3.8 million before the claim was reduced to $1.4 million.                           

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The singer is vying to rebuild his tarnished career after the trauma of his 2005 trial on child sex charges, for which he was acquitted, and reports that he has extreme financial difficulties.

Jackson has already announced that he was conducting a "sweeping restructuring" of his personal and business affairs, including a split with his accountants, business managers and lawyers.

A spokesman announced in late June that Jackson, who has sold some 170 million albums around the world, planned to return to the music scene with a tour and a new album, his first in six years.

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