SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) -- Michael Jackson showed up early Friday to greet fans before the third day of testimony in a $21 million lawsuit claiming he backed out on concerts.
Carrying an umbrella to shadow himself from the sun and sporting a black leather jacket and sunglasses, he waved to admirers and flashed a "peace" symbol.
When asked for his impression of the litigation process so far, Jackson smiled and responded only: "Interesting."
Court officials hosted a lottery to dole out a handful of courtroom seats to spectators.
Jackson fan Zully Crawford kissed the box the names were placed into.
"I was here Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and I didn't get nothing yet," she said, then squealed with laughter after winning one of the tickets.
The trial is expected to last into December, with a weeklong break for Thanksgiving. Jackson planned to be absent next week while he travels to Germany to receive what he called a humanitarian award for helping children.
Jackson is being sued for $21 million by his longtime promoter, Marcel Avram, for allegedly backing out of two millennium concerts scheduled for New Year's Eve 1999. Jackson maintains that it was Avram, not he, who canceled the shows over concerns they would not be profitable.
In testimony Friday, Jackson said he could not recall numerous meetings and discussions about the shows.
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