The singer is "very, very ill", according to US press reports...

Michael Jackson has been rushed to hospital on his way to court.

His lawyer Thomas Mesereau had been quoted as saying the singer was “very, very ill”, as he was taken to a hospital emergency room on the way to court this morning (February 15).

But according to the most recent reports, Jackson has been diagnosed with a

“severe case of the flu”.

Michael Jackson is currently facing child abuse allegations in Santa Maria, California, where he faces over 20 years behind bars if found guilty. He was due in court for jury selection in the case.

It appears that selection will re-commence in around three days.

It is understood Jackson was treated at the nearby Marian Medical Center.