HE WAS a pop icon loved by millions but known by few.
Yet the two men who knew Michael Jackson best in the final two years of his life - the bodyguards who protected him around the clock - reveal a sad, isolated and paranoid man who romanced mystery women, was in such financial difficulties that he could not pay staff and whose credit cards were often declined.
Using a borrowed credit card, the blonde Caroline Biden set up an unauthorized customer account at Bigelow Pharmacy on Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village, and racked up the six-figure bill over the course of a year, according to a criminal complaint that does not name the victim card owner.
As part of a plea deal before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Kevin Mc Grath, Biden, 29, pleaded guilty to one charge of grand larceny and another of petit larceny and agreed to make restitution of 0,810.04.
“The pressure of being Joe Biden’s niece made her totally unravel,” pal Paul Johnson Calderon told The Post in Sept. Instead, between April 5, 2015 and June 24, 2016, she admittedly went on a buying binge.
She was arrested and arraigned on May 5, and Friday was her second court appearance.
Caroline’s father, James Biden Sr., is the financier brother of the vice president.
If she pays everything back and keeps her nose clean, she can return to court and enter a substitute plea to a lower, misdemeanor charge of petit larceny and be sentenced to two years probation.
But she’ll stay out of jail even if she fails to live up to the plea deal, instead getting sentenced on the felony larceny to five years probation. Biden was also in Manhattan Criminal Court in 2014, on charges of resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and harassment stemming from a dustup with her Tribeca roommate. ” She was given another sweetheart deal in that case: a promise that the charges would be dismissed if she stayed out of trouble for six months. Biden didn’t even have to show up in court to get that deal — her then-lawyer James Liguori told another Manhattan judge that she was serving her second rehab stint at Caron Renaissance Ocean Drive, a posh inpatient facility in Delray Beach, Fla.