Troubled singer Michael Jackson prays with friend the REVEREND JESSE JACKSON every morning before attending his trial on child molestation charges.

According to reports, the superstar wakes at 4.30am so he can chat with Jesse Jackson over the phone and receive counselling and advice from the minister.

The conversations last around 15 to 20 minutes, during which the THRILLER singer discusses his life and the pair pray together.

The star's spokesperson Raymone K Bain explains, "They've known each other for a long time."

Jackson has pleaded not guilty to 10 felony charges of child molestation, administering an intoxicating agent and conspiracy involving allegations of child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.

The trial continues.

16/03/2005 17:36