Jackson moves back to California

Michael Jackson has leased a new Bel-Air mansion for $100,000 (€73,000) a month after deciding to return to California life for the first time since his child molestation trial in 2005.

Michael Jackson has leased a new Bel-Air mansion for $100,000 (€73,000) a month after deciding to return to California life for the first time since his child molestation trial in 2005.

The pop superstar set up homes in Las Vegas and the Middle East following the lengthy court case and vowed never to return to his Neverland Ranch estate in Santa Barbara, California after it was raided by police, looking for clues to incriminate the singer.

He was acquitted of all charges against him in June, 2005 - and fled the state.

But now he's moving back because he wants to be closer to “where all the action is”, according to his manager Tohme.

The Los Angeles Times newspaper reports the gated estate was one of the most expensive houses listed for sale in Los Angeles in 2008. It was withdrawn from the market after Jackson signed a year’s lease.

Jackson reportedly surrendered the title of his sprawling 120-acre Neverland estate to the Sycamore Valley Ranch Co., a joint venture between Jackson and an affiliate of Colony Capital LLC.

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