LATEST: Michael Jackson agreed to pay his ex-wife Debbie Rowe $900,000 (GBP500,000)-a-year in hush money after they split, according to new court documents.

The former Mrs Jackson also picked up a mansion in Beverly Hills, California, and a lump sum of at least $4 million (GBP2.2 million) as part of a divorce settlement.

The legal documents have been made public as part of a new custody battle as Rowe fights for the couple's kids MICHAEL JR and PARIS.

Obtained by entertainment news website TMZ.com, the documents feature court transcripts from a hearing last June (05), in which Jackson's lawyer, Thomas Hall, told JUDGE STEPHEN LACHS, "Mr Jackson was under an agreement with Petitioner (Rowe), which he was to pay her four or five million dollars up front, gave her a mansion in Beverly Hills, and then was to pay $900,000-a-year, for a number of years, if she abided by agreement terms."

Jackson reportedly stopped paying Rowe her annual stipend after claiming she violated their confidentiality agreement by publicly speaking about him.

Also in the court file, Rowe is quoted as stating, "I have just been advised by Michael's 'inner circle' that he is abusing drugs and I was even given the name of the physician that is prescribing all of Michael's medications, which I fear is dangerous not only to Michael but also to the children."