Michael Jackson: The Man in the Mire

Michael Jackson is beset by ex-bodyguards' tales and rumors of new trials

Wherever Michael Jackson is right now, it can't possibly feel far enough away. As the vanished king of pop's legal battles intensified last week, all his tribulations, the very stuff of talk shows, took on aspects of farce and tragedy. Isolated and invisible, the superstar has proclaimed his addiction to prescription drugs even as he hides away in a Europe crawling with journalists looking for him. Meanwhile, investigations proceed into the child-molestation charges that have ended his age of innocence -- charges that his lawyers have handled clumsily. For Jackson, sanctuary has become a kind of never-never land.

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