By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated June 11, 2003 01:00 PM

Michael Jackson returned to Indianapolis this week for his second try at giving a court-ordered deposition in a copyright lawsuit.

And so far, he’s stayed healthy.

Last month, Jackson, 44, fell ill and was hospitalized before he could be deposed in a lawsuit filed by Gordon Keith (who signed the Jackson 5 to his Gary, Indiana-based Steeltown Records in 1967) and musician Elvy Woodard. The men claim that the Jackson 5 — Michael, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon — used the name of another Gary band and two of their songs without license.

Jackson’s attorneys say the suit has no merit, noting that Michael was only 9 years old at the time.

Jackson’s deposition took place at a hotel from 11:21 a.m. to 5:10 p.m., the former King of Pop’s attorney, Bob Meyer, tells the Indianapolis Star.

“Michael was extremely comfortable today,” he said. “He really surprised me.”

Meanwhile, an attorney for the plaintiffs, Norman Reed, described Jackson’s deportment as “jovial,” though Davis went on to say that Jackson couldn’t answer every question because certain events in question occurred more than three decades ago.

On Wednesday, Jackson is scheduled to visit his boyhood home in Gary and receive a key to the city.