Payments by Sheikh were ‘gifts’: Jacko’s nanny

NEW YORK: Michael Jackson’s nanny revealed during a hearing in London High Court that an Arab Sheikh had paid the king of pop’s utility bills.

Grace Rwaramba said that the Thriller star was so broke that he needed a sheikh to pay his utility bills.

Rwaramba, said that she was “flabbergasted” when Jackson’s benefactor, Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al-Khalifa transferred $35,000 into her account to cover the bills for Neverland Ranch in California. When he followed up with a transfer of $1 million, “it blew my mind,” Rwaramba

said.

She also said that the 33-year-old sheikh, the son of the king of Bahrain, made the initial $35,000 payment before he ever met Jackson. She said that the sheikh never asked the singer to repay him.

“It was a gift. He’d say, what can I do for my brother, what can I get the children,” the New York Daily News quoted her as saying.

Al-Khalifa is suing the Thriller singer for £4.3 million for not sticking to his record deal of an autobiography, two albums and a musical.