Wandering minstrel Michael Jackson wants to settle in Europe. The scandal-scarred singer, who has been living in Bahrain since his acquittal on child-molestation charges last June, hopes that life on the Continent could revive his career. The singer, who was forced to close his Neverland ranch this year, is known to be fond of France, where he recently took his children to Paris’ Disney resort. (Jackson and his brood were also sighted in Ireland, where it was rumored he might perform in Kilkenny with Bob Dylan. No, really!) The relocation was part of a “sweeping restructuring” of his affairs, announced yesterday by his spokeswoman Raymone Bain. Bain declared that Jackson had “severed ties” with his longtime accountants and business managers at Bernstein, Fox, Whitman, Goldman & Sloan. Some speculated that the firm, which has struggled with Jackson’s notorious spending, may have in fact fired Jackson. (Our call to partner Alan Whitman, whom Jackson said in a recent deposition he had never met, wasn’t returned.) Jackson also announced that he’d fired his Bahraini attorney and hired respected New York lawyer L. Londell McMillan, who handles Prince, Stevie Wonder and other major stars. McMillan told us that handling Jackson, who has gone through many advisers, “could be challenging, but I look forward to the challenge. “Michael needs to restructure his creative and business assets, so he can be as magical as he always has been. He’s a musical genius who needs a competent and caring advocate.
” Bain also announced that she had been named general manager of the new Michael Jackson Co., which will replace Jackson’s MJJ Productions. Bain was dropped by Jackson’s legal team at one point during his trial. But FoxNews.
com’s Roger Friedman believes she’s reasserted herself since teaming up with influential Jackson nanny Grace Rwaramba. “It’s the latest coup d’etat,” says Friedman, who suspects “Michael had to get rid of Whitman because he’s going to be a witness” in Jackson’s legal battle with former business associate Marc Schaffel. (Schaffel’s attorneys are set to claim that Jackson owes him $3.
8 million at a trial that begins today in Santa Monica.) Jackson family lawyer Brian Oxman contends that the singer’s split with Whitman’s firm had nothing to do with the star’s financial straits. “I don’t think there are any ill feelings,” Oxman told us. “Michael isn’t holding anyone responsible. He just wants to put things in order.
” Side Dish JOHNNY DEPP has turned Capt. Jack Sparrow into a bit of a swishbuckler in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.
” Depp says he was intrigued by a scholarly work titled “Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition.
” “I liked the idea of [Jack] being ambiguous,” he tells Mark Binelli in the new summer double issue of Rolling Stone. “Because women were thought to be bad luck on ships. And these pirates would go out for years at a time. So, you know, there is a possibility that one thing might lead to another. You’re lonely. You have an extra ration of rum. ‘Cabin boy!
‘”… HEATHER MILLS McCartney is said to fear for her life. “John Lennon was shot, and George Harrison was stabbed,” Sir Paul’s estranged wife (below) is quoted in the Daily Mail as telling paparazzi. Britain’s Sun quotes her as saying she believes her 2-year-old daughter, Beatrice, could be a kidnap target: “People are pursuing me round the country.
” … SEN. JOSEPH Biden says he can take the job of President, or leave it. “I’d rather be at home making love to my wife while my children are asleep,” the would-be candidate told a flummoxed crowd of young supporters last Thursday in D.
C. Biden spokesman Larry Rosky told The Hill that the Delaware Democrat was merely trying to explain how “this is not an egotistical pursuit for him” and that he is “frankly totally in love with his wife.
” That’s good, but we’re sure they could get used to doing it in the White House. Biting off more than he can chew Axl Rose may not care for Sweden’s famous herring and meatballs, but he has developed a taste for the country’s hotel security guards. The Guns N’ Roses front man spent most of yesterday in a Stockholm jail after biting the leg of a watchman at the Berns Hotel. The 44-year-old rocker was released after admitting that he sank his teeth into the gentleman’s flank steak. Rose agreed to pay a fine of $5,500. He was also ordered to pay $1,360 in damages to the guard. A police spokeswoman said Rose was so drunk when he mistook the guard for a smorgasbord that cops waited till he sobered up to question him. “He kept a high profile, so to speak,” one of the arresting officers told a Swedish tabloid, which reported that Rose bared his fangs when the guard inserted himself into an argument Rose was having with a woman in the hotel lobby. Last month, the singer got into a brawl with Tommy Hilfiger here at The Plumm after reportedly moving the drink of the designer’s girlfriend. Hilfiger didn’t return our call for comment on Rose’s teething incident. But perhaps he can whip up a Hannibal Lecter-style face mask in time for the band’s next gig, in Oslo. surveillance … NIGHTLIFE GURU Danny A just opened his superexclusive Door club on W. 23rd St., but already he’s got trouble. Spies tell us that Sunday at the former Suede space, a prominent restaurateur smashed a model in the mouth. “There was blood everywhere,” says one insider, who places Scarlett Johansson at the club. Sources say Danny A put the alleged model-basher into a cab and delivered the woman, who lost several teeth, to a hospital, where she received stitches. Word is that the restaurateur, who didn’t return a detailed message, is working on an out-of-court settlement with the woman … KEVIN SPACEY and Kyle Maclachlan toasted Peter Bart at the Royalton penthouse party Harvey and Bob Weinstein threw Monday for the Variety editor’s new book, “Boffo: How I Learned to Love the Blockbuster and Hate the Bomb.
” Bart (l.) told us that when he was a Paramount studio exec in the ’70s, “You could make a bomb and cover it up. Today, you spend so much money that everyone knows you had a bomb.
” He also said he was sorry to hear that his former boss Robert Evans was getting divorced by his seventh wife, Victoria White O’Gara. “I have only attended three of his weddings, but I told him if he gets married again we are going to do a full review of the ceremony and receptions in Variety as if it were a Broadway play,” said Bart. “So I’m discouraging it” … MORE PARTIES for Katie Couric: Hearst Magazines President Cathie Black threw one for the new “CBS Evening News” anchor at the Core Club Monday. The former “Today” host (r.) thanked guests, who included Barbara Walters, Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue, Dick Ebersol, Linda Fairstein, Gayle King, Andy Lack, Evelyn Lauder, Soledad O’Brien and John Sykes. Couric, who loves sleeping in till 8 a.
m., said, “Unemployment is highly underrated” … LIV TYLER, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Freddie Prinze Jr. and John Legend will help launch Vonage’s V Phone at Aer tonight … AL ROKER, Tanya Lewis Lee and Jane Friedman were among those who turned up at the bash Andrew and Ann Tisch threw at the Regency for Lawrence Otis Graham’s new book, “The Senator and the Socialite,” about Blanche Bruce, the first black to be elected to a full term in the U.
S. Senate, in 1874.
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