Michael Jackson was admitted to hospital following the verdict in his child molestation trial, his lawyer has revealed.
The star has not been seen since he was found not guilty in June, and also missed his father’s birthday at the weekend.
Lawyer Thomas Mesereau said: “He was dehydrated, he had lost a tremendous amount of weight, he was having trouble keeping food down.”
He added that the singer was “terrified” about what would happen to his children and had a “recurring back problem”.
According to BBC News, Mesereau said that he had not spoken to the singer in recent weeks, but they had been in contact since the trial closed.
Mesereau represented Michael Jackson throughout the four-month trial in Santa Maria, California.
The lawyer also revealed that he did not believe that Michael Jackson would settle any future allegations out of court, and expressed his fears that the star could be a “perpetual target”.
Mesereau said: “There still is a perception among some people that he… doesn’t want to go to court and will settle.”
He added: “We will be fighting any of these suits all the way if they happen.”
The lawyer explained that he hoped the singer would avoid welcoming families into his Neverland ranch in the future to stop further legal action.
He said: “I advised Mr Jackson not to let any families in his home again.”
As previously reported on NME.COM, Michael Jackson was found not guilty of all the charges against him on June 13.
The star was plagued with ill health during the trial which saw him suffer from back problems, dehydration and flu-like symptoms.
Michael Jackson visited the local hospital on at least three occasions during the case.