Michael Jackson's ongoing battles with the law have earned him the number one spot in a poll of the Top 10 Celebrity Meltdowns.

The 45-year-old BAD singer currently faces child molestation charges, accusations of cheating on his land tax and constant questions about his plastic surgery.

Jackson tops the poll, conducted by website MSN ENTERTAINMENT - beating the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.

The site says, "With Jackson's image so tarnished by scandal, it will take a PR miracle for his star to be reborn...

"Is there a chance Michael will awaken from the Peter Pan fantasyland he's living in and face the reality of his world, which is crumbling faster than his nose? Maybe, but it might be too late to salvage his fame and resurrect the moonwalking, sequined-glove-wearing musical genius of old."

While Courtney Love's string of recent troubles earned her an honourable mention, she failed to register in the poll.

The full top 10 is as follows:

1. MICHAEL JACKSON

2. ROBERT DOWNEY JR

3. Charlie Sheen

4. Christian Slater

5. Bobby Brown

6. WHITNEY HOUSTON

7. Anne Heche

8. Martin Lawrence

9. Margot Kidder

10. MARIAH CAREY

09/04/2004 09:20