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Pop superstar Michael Jackson has had a lawsuit alleging assault, false imprisonment and sexual battery thrown out of court in Los Angeles after his accuser failed to turn up for the start of the trial on Monday.
Daniel Kapon originally launched legal action against Jackson in January 2006 in Orange County, California, before re-filing the suit in Los Angeles two months later. In the legal papers, 22-year-old Kapon claims the Thriller hitmaker began molesting him when he was aged two, continuing the alleged behaviour until he was 14.
He also accused Jackson of forcing him to take drugs and drink alcohol, as well as making him undergo cosmetic surgery.
Kapon goes on to allege that Jackson plagiarised and stole song ideas from him for 10 years from 1987.
But in December 2006, Los Angeles superior court judge Rold Treu rejected a number of Kapon's accusations - leaving Jackson to defend himself against the remaining allegations of assault, battery, and false imprisonment.
However, Treu dismissed the lawsuit altogether on Monday when Kapon didn't show up for the trial.
Jackson's attorney, Thomas C Mundell, was glad the suit has been thrown out, having branded the allegations "the ravings of an unbalanced celebrity stalker".
Speaking after Monday's ruling, Mundell said: "I think the judge realised how crazy the lawsuit was."
Jackson was acquitted of unrelated child molestation charges in 2005. - Wenn