Update: Singer has flu.
SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) -- Michael Jackson was taken to the hospital with the flu Tuesday morning, the judge in the singer's child molestation trial said. The development delayed jury selection a week.
Judge Rodney Melville told prospective jurors that Jackson had the flu and that jury selection would resume Feb 22. Lawyers were expected back in court later Tuesday to discuss unspecified motions.
About 15 minutes after court was scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., the judge told a courtroom packed with prospective jurors that Jackson had been on his way when he was taken to the hospital emergency room instead. He later said that Jackson was to be admitted.
Outside the Marian Medical Center, about two miles from court, a growing crowd of about 50 fans and reporters gathered. Santa Maria Police officers guarded all entrances, stopping anyone who appeared to be with the media, while hospital officials put up white fabric to hide what was going on in the emergency room.
A call to the hospital was not immediately returned. Jackson spokeswoman Raymone K. Bain said she was trying to learn more about Jackson's condition and would comment later.
Jackson was not visibly ill in court Monday, when questioning of prospective jurors got under way and Jackson's lawyers announced they may call stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Jay Leno, Quincy Jones and Kobe Bryant to the witness stand.
The list of possible witnesses sounded like coming attractions for a major Hollywood spectacle. But Melville dimmed that prospect, saying not all of the celebrities would necessarily testify.
Attorneys are in the process of selecting 12 jurors and eight alternates who will decide whether Jackson molested a teenage cancer patient at his Neverland Ranch and plied the youth with alcohol.
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