TAKING THE MICHAEL!

The star tells the court in his defence: "I'm a visionary"...

Michael Jackson turned up four hours late yesterday (November 14) for the second day of his court battle against a concert promoter who is suing him for £14 million, and told the court in his defence: “I’m a visionary.”

Michael Jackson is being sued by Marcel Avram, the German concert promoter with whom he has worked since 1972, for allegedly failing to honour an agreement to perform three Millennium shows in Honolulu, Hawaii and Sydney.

He said he did not take responsibility for his own financial affairs, saying he only took “an overview of what’s going on financially, but I’m in the creative department. I’m a visionary”.

Michael Jackson had removed the sticking plaster or tape which had covered his nose in court the day before, and while he was in the dock giving evidence swayed back and forth and appeared drowsy.

Santa Maria superior court judge Zel Canter asked press photographers in the courtroom to be less obtrusive, after being asked by Michael Jackson‘s lawyers, who objected to their presence.

Michael Jackson insisted he could not remember anything about contract negotiations, key meetings or documents in the case.

Reuters reports that he perked up between questions, smiling at the public gallery – where 30 people had pulled lots to win a seat – laughing to himself, and bouncing in his seat.

By the time he left the court, hundreds of fans had besieged the courthouse. He signed autographs while the crowd surged around him.