Troubled star Michael Jackson is allegedly sharing a luxury hotel suite with a witch doctor who's helping him prepare for his forthcoming trial.

The THRILLER singer is spending $3,960 (GBP2,200) a night at LOEWS MIAMI BEACH HOTEL meditating and praying with 70-year-old herbalist DR SEBI, real name ALFREDO BOWMAN, reports British newspaper the DAILY SPORT.

An insider reveals, "Michael is opening up to him. He hasn't had anyone this close in his life since BUBBLES the chimp, who died some years back.

"Dr Sebi visits Michael each day, sometimes spending hours at a time."

A hotel source adds, "Michael is so desperate to escape years behind bars that he'll try almost anything. Even something as wacky as this."

Jackson reportedly believes Sebi's spiritual guidance will give him the mental and physical support he'll need for his court case in September (04) - when he will stand trial on nine charges of alleged child abuse.

30/06/2004 14:04