Pop superstar Michael Jackson is being sued by his former manager for fraud and breach of contract at Los Angeles Superior Court.

Dieter Wiesner is seeking $64 million (GBP35.5 million) in damages alleging the THRILLER singer sold him merchandising rights which were already the property of a third party. Wiesner was subsequently sued by the third party.

Wiesner also claims Jackson asked him to become his manager in 2002 - but he was sacked in 2003 shortly after the 47-year-old was accused of child abuse for the second time.

The court papers state: "True to form, Jackson never paid Wiesner for the countless hours he spent rescuing Jackson from the brink of financial disaster."

Jackson was acquitted of child molestation charges in June (05) after a four-month trial. He has since taken up residence in Bahrain.