The doctor treating singer Michael Jackson in an undisclosed location disputed claims Monday that his patient is hiding out or being treated for something other than an addiction to prescribed painkillers.
In a separate development, five former security officers involved in a pay dispute with Jackson alleged in court papers filed Monday that the singer fired them last February as part of a “conspiracy” to obstruct investigation of child molestation charges.
Dr. Beauchamp Colclough, a London drug-treatment specialist, said in a statement released Monday that Jackson completed detoxification on Saturday and requires an intensive program of group and individual therapy.
“I anticipate that Mr. Jackson will complete the program in approximately six to eight weeks as treatment solely for hisdependency to painkiller medication,” the statement said. “I confirm that no other medical, surgical or psychological condition exists.”
According to sources, police took Jackson’s medical records Friday in an effort to substantiate his accuser’s reported observations of the entertainer’s body. Jackson is under investigation for alleged molestation of a 13-year-old boy he had befriended.
A spokesperson for Jackson declined comment.
The new lawsuit says the officers had personal knowledge of Jackson’s nighttime visits with young boys and that one of them was instructed by Jackson to destroy a Polaroid photo of a naked young boy.
Private investigator Anthony Pellicano and the lawfirm of Greenberg, Glusker, Fields, Claman & Machtinger were also named as defendants.
The conspiracy allegedly included firing the security officers so that they could be painted as “disgruntled employees,” illegally taping and/or tapping phone conversations and conducting surveillance of potential witnesses to develop “dirt.”
The lawfirm allegedly drafted letters that the plaintiffs were forced to sign last February in order to be paid. The letters falsely stated that each plaintiff had been able to consult with advisers and that they agreed to release all claims without any duress, the suit said.
Plaintiffs are Donald Starks, Fred Hammond, Leroy A. Thomas, Morris Williams and Aaron White. The suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.