Business Aviation Stars In Pop Icon’s Scandal

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Michael Jackson Sues Jet Company For Alleged Illegal Videotaping…

Business aviation is playing a big part in the showbiz scandal of the year. Allegations that the charter jet used by Michael Jackson for his much-publicized flight from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara was rigged with small video cameras have caused uproar from the Jackson legal team. Lead attorney Mark Geragos recently held a news conference to discuss the video, which allegedly captured Jackson and his lawyer in conversation on the flight. Jackson surrendered to authorities shortly after the flight. Geragos alleged that XtraJet, the charter company in question, secretly videotaped Jackson during the flight and then tried to sell the footage. He reportedly learned of the video on Nov. 24 after receiving calls from news outlets whose reporters had seen the footage. An XtraJet attorney, whom Geragos subsequently contacted, reportedly acknowledged that videotaping equipment had been secretly installed in the plane, but refused to surrender the tapes. "The videotaping of my client conferring with me was illegal and outrageous, as was the aircraft company's attempt to sell that tape for profit," Geragos said in a statement. Geragos says he is outraged at the recording of Jackson on the plane and has filed suit against the company.