Former American Idol judge was target of Thriller star's jokes

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Michael Jackson once sprayed his pet chimp with cologne, according to Paula Abdul.

The ex-American Idol judge says the star was always playing pranks on her while she choreographed his Victory tour in the 80s.

I was always the butt end of jokes,’ says Paula, 48. I always bought into everything that he was saying. He punked me with Bubbles the chimp.

Bubbles smelled very strange to me and I love Bubbles, but he smelled really strange and [Michael] said, “That’s just the way monkeys smell.” I believe… he doused [Bubbles in] Christian Dior.’

Michael, 50, also fooled Paula with a motorbike.

When mopeds first came out, he put me on a moped, didn’t tell me how to work it,’ she tells Access Hollywood.

I fell right into the rose bushes, thorns everywhere!’

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