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XtraJet's tab for taping Michael Jackson: $20 million

March 3, 2008 |  1:14 pm

Getprev1_3 The owner of a charter jet company, who gave orders to secretly videotape Michael Jackson while he was on board one of the company's aircraft with his lawyers, has been ordered to pay $20 million to Mark Geragos and an associate.

The taping took place in November 2003, while Jackson and the two lawyers flew aboard XtraJet, on a trip from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara. At the end of the flight, the singer surrendered himself to authorities on charges of child molestation.

Geragos brought suit when Fox News revealed it had viewed the tape, which had image but no video. Geragos claimed XtraJet planned to sell the tape to the highest bidder, a clear violation of Michael Jackson's rights.

Since it's Michael's rights that were violated, think Geragos will loan him some cash to get Neverland Ranch out of hock?

--Veronique de Turenne

Photo - Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times