Telephone messages left by Michael Jackson seven years ago have been uncovered.
In the series of recordings left on a friend's answering machine, the late king of pop can be heard expressing fears for his life and pleading for financial help.
A respected journalist has handed the tapes over to The Sun newspaper, stating that the tapes "demonstrate different states of mind (Michael) was experiencing under the influence of pharmaceuticals".
The recordings were made throughout 2003 - the year in which the singer conducted a TV documentary with Martin Bashir.
"It is Michael calling. It is very important, I want that 150 in that account for me, because... I am very concerned about my life," the first message says.
"I am very concerned. I don't trust that man. We think he's bad, we think he is Italian mafia. Please... we must be smarter than him. So please, help me with this. I need to get that, those funds so I can do that, I wanna be away... I don't want to be in Neverland right now," says another.
"It is Michael. Ahh, it is 4:30 in the morning here that's why I sound very sleepy (laughs) and I'm really worn out... but please check the message I left a day or so ago."
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