Uri Geller the Israeli British TV personality has sued CNN after the channel interviewed late singer Michael Jackson's dermatologist who alleged that the psychic entertainer had profited from a documentary on the King of Pop.
Geller claims that he has been hit with an online hate campaign following the Larry King show, on which Arnold Klein said that Geller had "sold Michael Jackson" to ITV for 200,000 dollars.
AdvertisementHowever, Geller insists that he has made no money from the controversial documentary of the pop star's life fronted by Martin Bashir.
Now, Paul Tweed, Geller's solicitor, has written to CNN in Atlanta asking compensation.
"During the course of the interview Dr Klein made a number of false and grossly defamatory allegations about our client ... that he cynically exploited his friendship with Michael Jackson for personal financial gain," the Independent quoted him as stating.
He added: "For the avoidance of doubt, we would make it clear our client was not enriched in any way as a result of the Michael Jackson/Martin Bashir interview.
"Any monetary consideration our client received as a result of the introduction that he made in good faith between Martin Bashir and Michael Jackson was donated to charity in its entirety.
"The arrangement for all proceeds to go to charity had been firmly made prior to the programme being aired."
However, the documentary will be aired on 16 July on ITV1.