Michael Jackson failed to show up in a Santa Maria, Calif., court yesterday (Dec. 5), after two days of testimony in which he caused a stir by hobbling in on crutches and making comical faces at obser

Michael Jackson failed to show up in a Santa Maria, Calif., court yesterday (Dec. 5), after two days of testimony in which he caused a stir by hobbling in on crutches and making comical faces at observers. The entertainer was scheduled to testify for a sixth day in a $21 million lawsuit alleging he backed out of two millennium concerts. It was the third time Jackson was a no-show at the trial.

Jackson's lawyer, Zia Modabber, told the court the latest absence was due to an unspecified medical problem. The attorney did not immediately return calls for further comment. As previously reported, Jackson singer walked into court Tuesday and Wednesday on crutches because he said a spider bite caused his left foot to swell.

Concert promoter Marcel Avram sued Jackson for allegedly backing out of performances in Sydney, Australia, and Honolulu on Dec. 31, 1999. The singer maintains it was Avram who canceled the shows over concerns they would not be profitable. Jackson has repeatedly said he can't remember key events in the planning stages for the concerts.

Avram's attorney, Louis "Skip" Miller, had been scheduled to resume cross-examination of Jackson yesterday. The trial is scheduled to resume today, but it was unclear whether Jackson will continue his testimony.


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