Michael Jackson went shopping in Bahrain on Wednesday disguised as a traditional Arab woman, but if it was an attempt by the pop star to avoid attention, it failed.
Jackson has been spending time in the Gulf state as a guest of the royal family since a Californian court acquitted him in June of child molestation.
A Reuters photographer saw him in a popular shopping mall in the centre of the capital Manama all in black, with sunglasses, gloves, a veil covering his face and dressed in an abaya, or full-length robe -- but with men's shoes peeping out below.
The 47-year-old seemed to be shopping for new shoes in the mall with three Western-looking children, their faces also covered, and an unidentified woman.
The children drew the attention of other shoppers, who quickly recognised the star who is popular in the Gulf region.
"Please, no!" Jackson shouted to photographers before making a rapid exit with the children and woman via the back door of the mall and into a white car.
The woman asked photographers to step back.
"You have to give us some privacy. Please, you have to understand his position, he is with his kids ... you need to leave us alone," she said.
A Bahrain official at the mall confirmed that it was Jackson who, his lawyer says, will no longer live full time at his Neverland ranch in central California.
He was charged at his trial with molesting a young recovering cancer patient at Neverland in 2003. A jury found him innocent on all charges.