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The Daily Beast: Stars Who Perform for Dictators

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Michael Jackson and Prince Abdullah al-Khalifa of Bahrain

After he was acquitted of molesting young boys in a long, miserable trial in California, Michael Jackson fled to the dunes of Bahrain—a tiny island nation in the Persian Gulf recently in the news for uprisings against its crown prince. Jackson found a friend in Bahrain's Prince Abdullah al-Khalifa, who helped the weary pop icon hide from the press for months. Their friendship was not to last however, after Jackson returned to the U.S. In 2006, Abdullah sued him in a London high court for $7 million, claiming he had promised, among other things, to record two albums and stage an in-house musical production in the prince's palace.

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