Michael Jackson was recovering from flu symptoms and was in good spirits after a short hospital stay that prompted another delay in his child molestation trial, a doctor said.

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) -- Michael Jackson was recovering from flu symptoms and was in good spirits after a short hospital stay that prompted another delay in his child molestation trial, a doctor said.

The pop star returned to his Neverland ranch Wednesday (Feb. 16) after spending a night at the hospital, according to Jackson spokeswoman Raymone K. Bain.

"Mr. Jackson continues to be in stable condition and remains under observation at this time. He continues to need care for some persistent viral symptoms, but otherwise he's in good spirits," Dr. Todd Bailey, medical director of emergency services at Marian Medical Center, said at a news conference. He did not answer any questions.

Reporters and photographers did not see Jackson leaving, but two black SUVs pulled up to a hospital loading dock out of sight of news media then left swiftly.

Earlier Wednesday, Jackson's parents and brother Jermaine visited the hospital for several hours.

Jackson, 46, became ill Tuesday morning while en route to the courthouse, where a pool of prospective jurors was waiting to be questioned by attorneys.

Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville, who noted that some prospective jurors also were out with the flu, postponed jury selection until Feb. 22.

Individual questioning of potential jurors by attorneys began Monday after a one-week delay because of the death of defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr.'s sister.

Jackson is accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy at his Neverland ranch, plying the boy with alcohol and conspiring to hold him and his family captive.

The trial is expected to last six months.


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