Michael Jackson has been caught up in yet another legal mess after the family of a heart attack victim claim the King of Pop deprived their mother of vital medical attention when he checked into hospital last week (15FEB05) with the flu.

The pop superstar, whose child molestation trial is scheduled to start on Monday (28FEB05), is being sued by the family of MANUELLA RUIZ, who insist the great-grandmother-of-26 could still be alive today if he hadn't cheated her of a trauma room at Marian Medical Center in California.

A tearful Jackson checked into the hospital on his way to court for jury selection, complaining of stomach pains. He was diagnosed with stomach flu.

The family of the deceased admit they were disgusted with the star treatment Jackson received when he was admitted, while Ruiz suffered a further two heart attacks and was deprived of spending her final hours with her large family.

Ruiz's daughter MARIA ELLEN ORTIZ claims her mother was moved from the primary trauma room, taken off a machine ventilator and relocated to a smaller room after Jackson was given her room.

She rages, "Why does she have to be moved if he's coming in for stomach flu? I said `My mother's just had a heart attack and I think it's more critical than a stomach flu.'"

Jackson's publicist has released a statement, which reads, "Michael Jackson sends his condolences to the family of the deceased.

"However, it is outrageous that Michael Jackson's name would be invoked into a situation of which he had no authority or control."

Marian Medical Center bosses are also being named in the lawsuit.

26/02/2005 02:16