By ALAN BUTTERFIELD
Michael Jackson has suffered an overdose from drugs and alcohol and is said to be in a critical condition in Bahrain.
That is what the National Enquirer can reveal police in Santa Barbara, California, have been told by a source close to the singer's family.
The Santa Barbara police, located near Jackson's Neverland ranch, investigated the 47-year-old pop star which resulted in the child molestation charges. Jackson was acquitted of all charges on June 13 at the criminal trial.
Now The National Enquirer has learned exclusively that Santa Barbara police were told by family insiders that Jackson "recently OD'd on Demerol and Jack Daniels" in Bahrain.
In a Santa Barbara police internal email from a high-ranking police official were claims that Jackson has overdosed "a couple of times since he left the States. His status, according to the source is critical."
The email did not say if Jackson was hospitalized in Bahrain because of his alleged condition.
After the four-month child molestation trial ended, Jackson arrived in the tiny Gulf kingdom of Bahrain as an honor to the king's son.
Jackson reportedly is a guest of Sheik Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the king's son, and was said to be staying in a royal palace.
Reports earlier this week suggested Jackson was still in Bahrain with his three children and their nanny, Grace Rwaramba.
One published report said Jackson was "isolated and intoxicated" on prescription pills and worried family members were planning a rescue mission to the Middle Eastern nation.
In our March 28 issue earlier this year, we reported that Jackson was high on drugs at his child molestation trial, citing sources who said Jackson was shooting himself in his leg with a syringe filled with Demerol.
Said our source at the time: "He prefers shooting Demerol versus taking pills because it gets into his blood faster, giving him a quicker high. When Jackson has appeared in court, he looks like he's been medicated."
Contacted by The National Enquirer, Jackson's spokesperson Raymone Bain denied that the singer had suffered any overdose due to drugs and alcohol and said: "I spoke to Michael on the phone today (Friday) and I can tell you he sounded fine. He is not abusing any drugs. He is continuing to work from Bahrain on his Katrina Relief song. I last saw him a few weeks ago in London and I have never seen him look happier or healthier."
Speaking from Washington, D.C., Bain added that she was aware of reports that said his family was concerned about him in Bahrain, but said she had not spoken recently to any of his family members but assumed Jackson was in touch with them, adding that there are "individuals who are intent on disseminating false information throughout the media" about Jackson.