*The L.A. County District Attorney filed a motion today asking the judge to allow the rehearsal footage from June 23 and June 24 to be entered as evidence in Murray’s trial, reports the AP
According to the motion, the D.A. believes the footage will support expected testimony from “This Is It” director Kenny Ortega that Michael was “happy and excited for the future.” The D.A. says that testimony opposes the defense’s theory that hours after the last rehearsal Michael “did a desperate act and took desperate measures that caused his own death.”
The D.A. also filed a motion to allow limited photos from MJ’s autopsy — claiming the pics are not “gory or gruesome” and won’t prejudice the jury.
In other Jackson news, the executors of his estate have reached a legal settlement with the Heal the World Foundation, allowing charity organizers to use the King of Pop’s name and likeness to promote the cause.
Founder Melissa Johnson was hit with a lawsuit for infringement and unfair competition shortly after she established her organization in 2008, six years after the superstar’s own charity, also named the Heal the World Foundation, shut down.
Estate executors argued the new company had no real link to Jackson, even though the singer’s mother, Katherine, had agreed to work with Johnson and encouraged Michael’s three children to get involved.
But the two parties have now worked out a deal following a meeting on Monday (April 18) between estate lawyer Howard Weitzman and Katherine Jackson’s legal advisor, Perry Sanders.
According to TMZ, Johnson has been granted permission to use the late singer’s name and image in association with the charity, while Katherine has been made a member of the board of directors to oversee the foundation’s work.
The lawsuit is expected to be formally dismissed in court on today.