*A lawyer for Michael Jackson’s family said all options remain on the table after losing their chance to hold AEG Live liable for her son’s death.
A jury on Wednesday sided with concert promoter, clearing the company of liability in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson a few weeks before his 50-concert London comeback was to begin. After the verdict was read in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom, Katherine Jackson looked ahead stoically.
She declined to address reporters as she was quickly whisked into another courtroom. She then left from the back of the courthouse.
Jackson family attorney Kevin Boyle said the family was considering its next move.
“We were able to provoke some things that are important for the Jacksons and for the concert industry and the sports industry,” he said. “We are of course not happy with the verdict as it stands.”
He added that family members would “explore all options.”
Attorneys for AEG, however, held up the verdict as a clear vindication of what they’d argued all along: that the concert promoter was not responsible for Jackson’s death.
Marvin Putnam, AEG Live’s lead attorney, stood in front of a scrum of TV cameras, microphones and reporters, saying the concert promoter never considered settling the case, which could have cost it hundreds of millions — if not billions — of dollars in damages if a jury had voted the other way.
“They wouldn’t allow themselves to be shaken down,” he said.