Michael Jackson (search) is holed up in an Aspen hideaway and being treated for "a longtime addiction to alcohol and painkillers" by a controversial Central American herbalist, a bombshell new report says.
Next week's US Weekly claims that since Feb. 10, Wacko Jacko has lived with his two kids in a posh nine-bedroom, $125,000-a-month villa, as a Honduras healer named Alfredo Bowman (search) attempts to detoxify him.
"He was brought in to cure the symptoms of Jackson's pain, so he wouldn't need painkillers anymore," a source told the mag.
Another US Weekly (search) source described as close to Jacko, added: "Michael felt better. But it will take a lot more for him to fully recover."
Two spokespersons for Jacko, who's been charged with seven criminal counts of child molestation involving a cancer-stricken teen boy, did not return calls for comment.
Bowman, known by his patients as "Dr. Sebi," is a 70-year-old therapist who claims to have developed a miraculous herbal treatment called the "African Bio-Electric Cell Food Therapy."
It can "cure such pathologies as arthritis, asthma, cancer, AIDS, diabetes, sickle cell anemia, epilepsy, herpes, heart and vital organ dysfunctions, leukemia, mental disorders, obesity, tumors and a variety of female and male problems," Bowman has touted in one of his bios.
Bowman got into hot water in the 1980s when he took out newspaper ads making cure claims and the New York state attorney general's office ordered him to stop running them.
His previous famous clients are said to have included Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (search) of the hip-hop girl group TLC, who died at age 30.
Jacko has been in and out of rehab because of an addiction to Demerol and morphine, Vanity Fair reported earlier this year.
The bizarro pop star once admitted getting hooked on painkillers as a result of the pain he suffered when his hair caught fire while filming a Pepsi ad.
It is not known for how long Jacko is expected to remain in Aspen with Bowman. Jacko was stopped on the road by police in a nearby town last week after he scared shoppers who spotted him wearing a mask at a Wal-Mart.
Meanwhile, another source tells US Weekly Jacko is "not likely" to ever record another album, but instead, "only has his sights set on being an actor at this point."
The last time he starred in a feature-length movie was the 1978 dud, "The Wiz." Jacko's recent acting career has been limited to a cameo in the 2002 sci-fi "Men in Black 2" and one in the upcoming comedy "Miss Cast Away," starring former "Joe Millionaire" Evan Marriott.
Aside from the Gloved One's sex-abuse woes, other problems have been piling up.
Two weeks ago, a travel agent filed a $50,000 lawsuit against him, saying he failed to pay her $18,000 for the charter flight that took him from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara, where he surrendered to authorities on the sex-abuse charges.
And his shaky financial empire is reportedly being restructured to keep it from going belly up.
Recently, Debbie Rowe, the mother of his two kids, struck a hush-hush deal that forced Jacko to distance himself from the controversial Nation of Islam in exchange for her not challenging his child-custody rights.
Rowe, who is Jewish, was worried about Jacko's hiring of bodyguards from the Nation of Islam, whose leader, Louis Farrakhan, has made anti-Semitic remarks.