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jacko1.JPGHas reclusive pop star Michael Jackson managed to stave off foreclosure on his famed Neverland Valley Ranch in California?  The answer, depending on who you ask, is: “Yes,”  “no,” “maybe,” “sort of” or “go away and don’t call here anymore.”

 The confusion began when the Associated Press ran a story on Thursday, headlined “Jackson lawyer: Neverland auction off” that said the self-appointed King of Pop had reached an 11th-hour deal to refinance the property before New York-based Fortress Investment Group foreclosed on him.

The AP story, which quickly made news around the world, was sourced to a Jackson attorney named L. Londell McMillan, who was quoted only as saying, somewhat cryptically: “Neverland and MJ are fine.”

Since then, McMillan has clammed up – refusing to even take phone calls on the matter. His assistant has referred our reporter to Jackson’s spokeswoman and by Friday morning  sounded irritable, asking: “Weren’t you told yesterday to call the publicist?”