Jackson Returns Passport To Authorities

Singer again surrenders his travelling papers

Michael Jackson has again surrendered the passport authorities briefly returned to him so he could travel to Great Britain on business, although there was no indication he ever used it. Santa Barbara County (Calif.) District Attorney Thomas Sneddon initially took Jackson's passport after the singer was booked in November on child molestation charges.

Sneddon returned it so Jackson could travel to Britain between Dec. 20 and yesterday (Jan. 6) to meet what the singer said were long-standing contractual obligations. But two days after the trip was to begin, the prosecutor demanded that Jackson prove he was traveling or return the passport after he said he heard reports the entertainer had canceled his trip.

On Dec. 24, Sneddon issued a statement saying the matter had been resolved with Jackson and his attorney Mark Geragos. A spokesperson for Sneddon confirmed yesterday that Jackson has returned the passport, but did not comment on whether Jackson provided the prosecutor with proof of travel.

Jackson family friend Brian Oxman said yesterday he didn't know if Jackson had traveled. But he said one of the entertainer's brothers, Randy Jackson, told him the commitments in Britain had been canceled.

At the time of Sneddon's Dec. 22 demand, Jackson's then-spokesman, Stuart Backerman, said he believed plans for the trip were still on. Jackson's new spokesman, Kevin McLin, did not return calls for comment.

Jackson was still in the U.S. as recently as Christmas Day, when he taped an interview with "60 Minutes" during which he denied the molestation charges.

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