AS IF superstar Michael Jackson wasn't in enough trouble already, he has just made a new enemy - the Cheshire Regiment.
The 46-year-old American singer has angered veterans by donning British Army motifs for his appearances in court, where he stands accused of child abuse.
His fashion faux-pas, which so far has included insignia for The Cheshire Regiment, The Royal Engineers and The Royal Corps of Transport have been seen as dis-respectful.
Richard Rawlinson, secretary of the Cheshire Regiment Association's Winsford branch, says that many servicemen have been irked by Jackson's questionable attire.
Mr Rawlinson, 51, of Beech Grove, Winsford, told the Chronicle: 'The first one I saw was the Logistics Corp badge and I wondered what was going on.
'I think it is a bit out of taste for him to wear them because when you see people wear these badges it is because the fought for this country and served in the regiment.
'There is a lot of pride attached to these badges and most of the servicemen I have spoken to are irate, especially the widows of soldiers who lost their lives for this country.
'If his father had served that would be fine but I can't see any affinity with the badges - as far as I know, and I apologise if I'm wrong, Michael Jackson has never served with any of the regiments.
'With this year being the 60th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities and he being accused of being a paedophile I think it brings shame on all British Regiments.'
Mr Rawlinson, who served with the Royal Corps of Transport and the Cheshire Regiment in the 1970s, suggests part of the problem lies with the widespread availability of the emblems.
For instance you can purchase a Cheshire Regiment badge on-line for as little as £2.75.
'They are freely available but they are usually bought by people with an affinity to the regiment,' he said.
Jackson has also been seen in court wearing the motifs of other regiments.
He has denied 10 charges, including molestation, giving his accuser alcohol to seduce him, and plotting to kidnap the boy and his family and imprison them at his Neverland ranch. He faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted.