Author and entrepreneur GOTHAM CHOPRA is convinced his beloved pet pooch Cleo helped Michael Jackson overcome his fear of dogs.
The socialite visited the pop superstar at his Neverland Ranch home with his father Deepak one weekend and, not knowing about the King of Pop's fear, took his canine friend with him.
In his new book Walking Wisdom, Chopra recalls, "Michael's fear of dogs was well documented, attributed to the fact his father had had violent fighting dogs when Michael was a kid.
"Alas, what hadn't been written about was his change of heart. I'm not going to speculate that Michael ever did get over his fear of dogs, but I can say that he did get a dog - several, if memory serves - over the years for his kids.
"I like to think that... Cleo had a lasting impression on him, and for a brief time, turned into friendship."