Jackson to adopt?
13:30 11 July 2006
Michael Jackson tried to adopt two Brazilian children.
Details of the attempted adoption were revealed in court during Jackson's legal battle with his former associate Marc Schaffel.
Schaffel is suing Jackson for $3.8 million, and claims the eccentric star asked him to set up the adoptions.
A taped phone conversation, that was not played in court, featured Jackson saying: "Get me two boys, no, get me a girl and a boy."
A source is quoted by America's Fox News as saying: "It sounds like someone asking you to run down to the store and get ice cream. He couldn't make up his mind. He was also looking at 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds."
The pop star sent a $300,000 payment out to Brazil in preparation for the adoption, but it never went ahead.
Plans started in 2002 when Schaffel hired a Brazilian attorney because of her connections in the adoption community.
Throughout the year they searched for a willing orphanage in the country, but the plans were dropped in 2003 following the screening of British journalist Martin Bashir's documentary about Jackson.
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