Katherine Jackson at the world premiere of ‘Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil’ at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
(June 29, 2013)
*Once again, it’s on…
Michael Jackson’s family filed paperwork this week – following through on a promise to appeal a jury verdict that ruled AEG had zero part in the singer’s 2009 death.
According to Rolling Stone, attorneys for Katherine Jackson and Jackson’s three children filed paperwork Monday (Dec. 2) that claims misconduct in the trial’s jury and insufficient evidences as grounds for a new trial. The documents also indicated that the family has new evidence to present should said trial occur.
The original trial concluded in October, with a jury finding that, despite the family’s accusations, Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, was competent to treat the King of Pop.
“The jury heard what poor condition Michael Jackson was in, how he had deteriorated, he was frail, underweight, he wasn’t going to be able to do the 50 shows,” AEG Live’s senior vice president Shawn Trell told reporters after the victory. “Then when it came to damages, somehow he was going to tour more from age 50 to 66 than he did at any point in his life. The jury could pick up on that. They couldn’t have it both ways.”
Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 after giving Jackson a lethal dose of propofol. However, he was released in October due to prison overcrowding, having only served half of his four-year sentence.
*On Wednesday, Debbie Rowe, the ex-wife of Michael Jackson, told a Los Angeles jury that the star was routinely given the powerful amnestic agent propofol, during cosmetic procedures by two doctors.
During Katherine Jackson’s wrongful death lawsuit, Rowe said that Doctor Steven Hoefflin and her ex-boss Dr. Arnold Klein injected MJ with the drug on at least 10 separate occasions.
“These idiots (Hoefflin & Klein) were going back and forth the whole time not caring about him,” Rowe, the biological mother Jackson’s two oldest children, Prince and Paris, said.
“Klein was not doing what was best for Michael,” she added. “The only physician who ever cared for Michael was Allan Metzger.”
Dr. Metzger was Jackson’s internist.
“Michael had a very low pain tolerance and his fear of pain was incredible. I think the doctors took advantage of him that way,” Rowe testified.
Rowe was called to the witness stand by the defendant in the case, concert promoter AEG Live.
Katherine maintains that AEG is responsible for her son’s death because it failed to properly supervise his personal physician, Conrad Murray. Murray was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter death of Jackson.
“On at least two occasions, Hoefflin put Jackson out with propofol and didn’t do anything other than put tape in his nose,” a tearful Rowe testified. testified.
Debbie Rowe’s testimony is expected to continue on Thursday.
*Katherine Jackson is not going to stand for anybody saying just anything about her dead son.
So when the lawyer representing concert promoter AEG during the Jackson family matriarch’s second day of testimony in the wrongful death lawsuit of her son Michael Jackson cross examined her, she told jurors she was unaware that Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous Tour” in 1993 had been cut short; and that Elizabeth Taylor had flown to Mexico City to take the Thriller singer to a rehab program in London.
When asked what she knew about Taylor’s bid to get her son into rehab, she replied she had heard about it, but “wasn’t curious about it.”
“Nobody came to me and said anything about it,” Jackson, 83, told lawyer Marvin Putnam. “My children probably didn’t want me to worry.”
She admitted that she and several of her children attempted to stage an intervention in 2002 at the King of Pop’s Neverland ranch, but it turned into a social visit.
Jackson is suing the concert promoter, alleging it failed to properly supervise her son’s then physician, Conrad Murray. Murray was convicted in the involuntary manslaughter death of Jackson.
Monday’s testimony from Jackson was a stark contrast to Friday, when she often broke down in tears recalling the day her son died.
Recounting the day Michael died, Katherine became extremely emotional. “Do you miss your son?” Jackson’s attorney Brian Panish asked.
Choking back tears, Katherine said: “There are no words.”
The frail looking Jackson was escorted off the witness stand by her attorney, Brian Panish and a bailiff. She has finished testifying.
*The Jackson Brothers prove that in some cases the show must go on.
Katherine Jackson and the family are involved with AEG Live in a wrongful death lawsuit. The trial is taking place in downtown Los Angeles.
In the meantime, just a couple blocks away, Michael Jackson’s brothers are scheduled to perform at the Staples Center on June 30, reports according to showbiz 411. The show has an onslaught of performers, some with their own scandals including R. Kelly and the notorious Bobby Brown.
The Jacksons are set to do a show at the Staples Center, the same venue where their brother Michael was eulogized during a huge memorial service on July 7, 2009, close to four years from the date of his death.
AEG produced the highly broadcasted Michael Jackson memorial live from the Staples Center. Now Jackson’s brothers are actually working for the promoters while going against them in trial and awaiting a decision that they hope will result in a payout. According to a lawyer of the Jackson family, the brothers have no other choice. He said that AEG was the only promoter in the world. He has obviously never heard of Live Nation or the countless other concert promoters.
With the ongoing trial and bad blood between the Jackson’s and AEG, one would have to question the boys morality and family values. Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Jackie don’t seem to have too much of problem with it or at least not one big enough to stop them from performing and working for their current opponent in the court room.
Michael Jackson’s brothers obviously have no problem with carrying on with what some might call a tacky display and lack of loyalty. “Who’s bad?” Well it looks like they’ve answered that question for us.
*Probably the one thing that hardcore Michael Jackson fans hated to admit or even talk about in the last years of his life were the constant rumors that he broke. Now, as a result of his wrongful death trial, it appears the rumors were dead on accurate.
On Wednesday, AEG head man Randy Phillips told the jury about an emotional meeting he had with Jackson around Halloween, 2008. Phillips said a tearful Jackson told him his 3 kids were living “like vagabonds” — shuttling from a Las Vegas rental to the Bel Air Hotel in L.A.
In the final months of his life, one of the biggest motivators for doing the London shows was just to make enough money to buy his own home where he could raise his children.
Phillips recalled an emotional Halloween meeting with Jackson at the hotel, with the pop star’s three children running in and out of the room.
“I felt incredibly bad that this incredible star was at this point where he just couldn’t buy a house with all this money he made,” Phillips testified. “It just didn’t make sense.”
Phillips said it was the “first time Michael really told me why he wanted to go back to work.”
“He actually broke down and I broke down — we both broke down,” he told the court.
Phillips says The King of Pop was eager to have a permanent address he almost bought a “gigantic,” 40,000-square-foot house with a $93-million price tag in Bel-Air. But Phillips said he told Jackson the house was too much: “you’ll put every dime you make into this house,” he recalled telling the singer.
In the end, Jackson finally settled for life as a renter, and he and his family moved into a $100,000-a-month Holmby Hills estate he paid for using a multimillion-dollar advance he received from AEG.
*New developments have surfaced regarding Michael Jackson‘s wrongful death suit against AEG, sources say.
Randy Phillips, the AEG Live chief executive officer, insists they bore no liability in MJ’s death, claiming accusations that AEG hired disgraced Dr. Conrad Murray and failed to do a background check on him was an attempt made by Katherine Jackson to extort money from the company.
During the trial, Phillips was also confronted with content from emails he wrote which, essentially, flew in the face of AEG’s defense that legal or financial checks on Murray were unnecessary, because the doctor was personally hired by the late King of Pop.
In one email, Phillips told Kenny Ortega not to worry after the director voiced his concerns over MJ’s frail condition.
“I had a lengthy conversation with Dr. Murray, who I am gaining immense respect for as I get to deal with him more. He said that Michael is not only physically equipped to perform and, that discouraging him to, will hasten his decline instead of stopping it,” Phillips said in his email. “This doctor is extremely successful (we check everyone out) and does not need this gig so he [is] totally unbiased and ethical.”
Phillips continued, “I wrote it in the e-mail that I thought at the time he had been checked out,” he claimed, adding he said Murray was successful “because that’s what I was told.” “In retrospect, it’s not 100% true,” the executive uttered. “There’s what I thought at the time versus what I learned afterwards.”
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