Neverland is nevermore (or so we hope)
Shocking development, 80s fans! California authorities on Thursday have ordered the closure of Michael Jackson's Neverland estate, pending payment of his worker's compensation bill.
Jackson has been fined $169,000 in fines and still owes more than $300,000 in unpaid wages, according to a report tonight by Reuters. (I guess dressing like a Muslim woman in Dubai isn't paying the bills these days. And there's no one left in the civilized world who needs a copy of Thriller or Bad.) In the meantime, local animal welfare authorities will take care of the zoo on his 2,800-acre estate/themepark. (No word on who's babysitting his sleep-over guests.)
The King of Pop (ack! I hate saying that. Can we call him Wackson Jackson?) was cleared last year of charges of sexually abusing a boy at Neverland. Lately, he's spent much of his time overseas and away from the camera's eye. The Reuters news service was unable to reach any representative for comment.