Jackson's veiled attempt at shopping in Bahrain
Updated: 2006-01-26 11:12
Pop star Michael Jackson was spotted shopping in a Bahrain mall on Wednesday,
hiding his face behind a veil and donning a black robe traditionally worn by
women in the Gulf.
He was with three
children, apparently his own, who also had their faces covered by dark scarves.
An unidentified woman accompanied them.
Jackson, in a veil and robe, leads one of his
children to a waiting car.
The pop star, who seems to be settling in the Persian Gulf, was seen leaving
Marina Mall in the Bahrain capital, holding a child by the hand. On the way out
a back door, he shook hands with security guards.
The woman -- also dressed in the black robe called an abaya, jeans and a
scarf that partially covered her face -- had the two other children. All three
children were wrapped in black scarves and wore yellow shirts and sweatpants or
khakis without robes.
Since his June acquittal on child molestation charges in California, Jackson
has made several trips to Bahrain as a guest of Sheik Abdullah bin Hamad Al
Khalifa, the son of Bahrain's king.
He reportedly was negotiating a position as a consultant with a Bahrain-based
company that plans to set up theme parks and music academies in the Middle East.
On the mall outing, Jackson wore an abaya, pants, a white shirt and men's
shoes. His head and face were wrapped in a black veil and he also wore black
The veil, abaya and gloves were of a style typically worn by conservative
The woman asked photographers to respect their privacy and told them they
were scaring the children before they left in a white Lexus Infinity with
AAJ Holdings Ltd., owned by Ahmed Abu Bakr Janahi, said it wants to hire the
47-year-old Jackson to give advice on setting up entertainment businesses. He
reportedly is building a home in Bahrain, an island nation in the Persian Gulf
linked to Saudi Arabia by a bridge.
In November, Jackson stirred controversy in the United Arab Emirates by
entering the ladies room in a shopping mall. His publicist said Jackson, who
arrived in Dubai as the guest of a champion rally driver, did not understand the
Arabic sign on the door and left the bathroom when he realized his mistake.
But local newspapers reported that the performer was
applying makeup in the woman's toilets in a Dubai mall. Jackson's host, Mohammed
bin Sulayem, dismissed the story as rumor.