SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) - Michael Jackson was taken to an emergency room with flu-like symptoms Tuesday, delaying jury selection in the pop star's child-molestation case for a week.
The entertainer was being treated for a "flu-like illness with some vomiting," Dr. Chuck Merrill said during a brief news conference at Marian Medical Center about five hours after Jackson's illness was announced in court by the judge.
"He's in stable condition and we expect a full recovery," Merrill said.
The doctor would not answer questions, and it was not immediately known how long Jackson would be at the hospital.
Earlier, as potential jurors filed into the courtroom - including a few who were scolded by bailiffs for being late - Jackson's seat remained empty. Nearly 20 minutes after the singer was scheduled to arrive, Judge Rodney S. Melville announced that Jackson had been taken to a hospital.
He said the 46-year-old singer would need three or four days to recover and noted that several members of the jury pool were out with the flu and that it appeared to be going around.