** FILE ** Pop star Michael Jackson's home is seen here at his Neverland Ranch, in this Dec. 17, 2004, file photo in Santa Ynez, Calif. Jackson, in danger of losing his famed Neverland ranch to public auction this month due to millions in outstanding loans, has refinanced the property and still retains ownership of it, his lawyer said Thursday, March 13, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)
Michael Jackson has refinanced Neverland ranch in time to save his famed California spread from a public auction that was scheduled for later this month.
Jackson attorney L. Londell McMillan told The Associated Press on Thursday that the pop star has worked out a "confidential" agreement with Fortress Investment Group, LLC. The deal allows him to retain ownership of the famed property in Los Olivos, Calif.
"Neverland and MJ are fine," McMillan said.
An auction date had been set for March 19 because of $24.5 million the singer owed on the 2,500-acre spread northwest of Santa Barbara.
A source close to the singer who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter said it's not clear whether Jackson will keep Neverland. Jackson has not lived there since his acquittal on child molestation charges in 2005.