Michael Jackson reportedly turned to controversial religion Kabbalah to help him get through his recent child molestation trial.

The singer, who was found innocent of all charges, has been sporting the notorious red string bracelet favoured by followers of the mystical offshoot of Judaism, including Madonna and Britney Spears.

A source told gossip website THE SCOOP, "Jackson is friendly with Elizabeth Taylor who has studied Kabbalah, and it's my understanding she got him interested in it. He's been wearing the red string during the trial, like Winona Ryder did during her trial, because it wards off the evil eye. Looks like it worked."

A spokeswoman for the Kabbalah Center in Los Angeles has refused to comment.

16/06/2005 21:36