Jacko whacked with R1,2m

Michael Jackson has been ordered to pay R1,2million to his former lawyers in a dispute over fees relating to his child molestation trial in 2005.

Michael Jackson has been ordered to pay R1,2million to his former lawyers in a dispute over fees relating to his child molestation trial in 2005.

The pop superstar was sued by the firm Ayscough & Marar earlier this year for failing to pay up for the lawyers' representation after he was cleared of the criminal charges.

But Jackson has now been told he must pay the money to cover the legal costs of Ayscough & Marar hiring another lawyer to sue the singer.

The order was made by Superior Court Judge James Chalfant on Monday - bringing Jackson's invoice from his former legal team to more than R2,9million.

But the ruling was a small victory for Jackson - he will only be paying a fraction of the original sum Ayscough & Marar were asking for in costs.

Speaking after the case in a US court, Jackson's lawyer Thomas Mundell said: "We're very happy with today's outcome."

The Thriller star is facing two other lawsuits over unpaid legal fees: Lavely & Singer claims the singer owes the company R780242 and a Delaware law firm says he owes them R686229.- Wenn

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