Fans of Michael Jackson can now sleep in the King of Pop's bed - the Irish country mansion the late star and his kids once called home is now open to the public. Jackson retreated to Rosemount in County Westmeath in the summer of 2006 and spent months there working on new material with the likes of will.i.am.
Now, estate owner Paddy Dunning, who runs Ireland's answer to Madame Tussauds waxwork museum among other lucrative businesses, is offering holiday makers the chance to live like a King of Pop! For upwards of $1,500, fans can stay at Coolatore House for a weekend and sleep in Jackson's bed.
Dunning will also share stories of his most famous tenant's walkabouts - so those staying can follow in his footsteps. He tells The Observer Magazine, "Michael was interested in history and smitten by the intricacies of Irish music."
And he recalls Jackson was left a little shaken up during a walk around the grounds - when he came upon a waxwork statue of his late father-in-law, Elvis Presley, which Dunning retired to the estate. He explains he forgot to tell Jackson about the odd attraction, which he placed under a tree, and had to deal with a flushed pop star: "'Paddy,' he said, 'I just met my father-in-law in the woods!'"
In another news, Michael Jackson's father has won a deadline extension in his bid to file a wrongful death lawsuit against his son's physician - after his lawyer was injured in a freak fall on the day he was due to submit papers. Joe Jackson's legal representative, Brian Oxman, initially lodged documents against Dr. Conrad Murray in a California federal court in June, seeking unspecified damages in connection with the King of Pop's death.
In the complaint, Jackson alleges Murray withheld vital information from the doctors and emergency service operatives who were trying to save Michael's life on the day he died. But the suit was returned because of an error and the Jackson patriarch was given until August 13 to amend the papers.
Oxman was making his way down a flight of stairs to hand the new lawsuit to a messenger to submit to court - but he slipped and fell, suffering injuries, reports TMZ.com. Oxman was granted extra time to submit his brief as a result of his fall. Details of his injuries had not been revealed as WENN went to press. Murray is accused of administering a fatal dose of anaesthetic Propofol to his pop star client. He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter.