Former Jackson defender now says singer abused him
- Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 08:31
Michael Jackson wrongful death trial set to get underway Monday
- Last Updated on Thursday, 25 April 2013 11:22
The civil trial over the death of Michael Jackson is set to get formally underway next week after jury selection was completed on Tuesday in the $40 billion case that pits the pop star's mother against concert promoters AEG Live.
Six alternate jurors were chosen on Tuesday following the selection a day earlier of a jury of six men and six women for what is expected to be an emotional three-month trial.
The conclusion of the month-long search for a jury set the stage for opening statements to begin in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday.
Jackson's 82-year-old mother, Katherine, is suing AEG Live, the promoters of his never-realized series of 2009 London comeback concerts, for the wrongful death of her son.
The lawsuit alleges AEG Live was negligent in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to care for the singer while he rehearsed for a series of 50 shows.
AEG Live contends that it did not hire or supervise Murray and that Jackson was addicted to prescription drugs for years before he agreed to do the "This Is It" London concerts.
The concert promoters also argue that they could not have foreseen that Murray, who was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death, posed a danger to the singer.
Jackson, 50, died in Los Angeles on June 25, 2009, from a lethal dose of the surgical anesthetic propofol that Murray was administering for sleep problems. Murray, who is not being sued, formally appealed against his criminal conviction on Monday.
Potential witnesses in the civil trial include Jackson's mother, his two oldest children, Prince, 16, and Paris, 15, as well as Murray, singers Prince and Diana Ross, and Jackson's ex-wives, Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe.
Katherine Jackson and her son's three children are seeking some $40 billion in damages from privately held AEG Live for loss of the singer's earnings and other damages. The final amount will be determined by the jury should it hold AEG Live negligent.
'He was an incredible father... He wanted us to have what he didn't, which was a normal childhood': Paris Jackson on growing up with the King of Pop
- Last Updated on Sunday, 14 April 2013 21:29
He was the most iconic pop star of the late 20th century. Now Michael Jackson’s daughter, who was just 11 when he died, gives an unprecedented insight into her extraordinary life 'He wanted the best for us,' said Paris Jackson of her famous father, Michael Jackson Paris Jackson wants to see part of her father’s billion dollar legacy used to restore his Neverland estate for sick children to enjoy, she has revealed. The schoolgirl has spoken of the happy times she shared at the ranch with her father who died when she was just 11. She made an emotional pilgrimage to her childhood home two years ago and was dismayed to see its famous Ferris wheel had been removed. ‘I cried and cried,’ said Paris. ‘It’s beautiful there. It still has good energy.'
She said it should be restored for the benefit of less privileged children. Paris said she plans to start the project as soon as she is an adult herself. Her declaration will stun the superstar’s millions of fans around the world who have seen Jackson’s dreams for a place of eternal childhood fall into decay. Paris, now 15, also plans to pay tribute to her father by having the words of a loving note he wrote her tattooed on her wrist when she is old enough. And until recently she kept a ‘shrine’ to him on the wall of her bedroom in the sprawling home where she now lives with her brothers Prince, 16, and Blanket, 11, in the hills above Los Angeles.
The youngsters are cared for by the Jackson family matriarch Katherine, 82. ‘I have lots of memories of my father,’ says Paris.
'He was an incredible father. We all loved him to death. He would try to educate us as much as he could and was always looking out for us. He was very protective.’
She explained why Jackson made his children wear masks when they were out in public.
‘He didn’t want anyone to see what we looked like. 'That way we could have what he didn’t, which was a normal childhood,’ she said. She spoke movingly of her father’s attempts to give his family an ordinary childhood even when he was on tour.
This included turning hotel bedrooms into home cinemas with a portable projector and a bed sheet
The adoring anecdotes cast new light on the singer’s complex private life and underline the depth of his devotion to Prince and Paris, who were born to his ex wife Debbie Rowe, and Blanket who was by a surrogate mother.
The teenager is funded by the Michael Jackson Family Trust which pays out on landmark birthdays and settles family expenses.
It also pays for 15 full-time staff, including bodyguards, a personal chef, two nannies, maids, maintenance men and gardeners at the $26,000-a-month home. Neighbours in the heavily protected, paparazzi proof complex include Justin Bieber and Britney Spears.
Despite her wealth and family name, Paris has started attending an ordinary school, she says: ‘I want to have a normal high-school experience.'
She has inherited her father’s passion for music and revealed that he used to give her dance lessons. But she has no plans to follow him into show business.She has been a cheerleader and played women’s football, and has also dabbled in photography.
Her ambition is to be a heart surgeon. 'I want to help people, that’s its,' she said.
Paris spoke to Event as the Jackson family prepares to bring a staggering $40 billion wrongful death civil lawsuit against AEG, the promoter of the Thriller star's ill-fated ‘This Is It’ concerts in London’s O2 arena. In court documents Katherine Jackson accuses AEG of ‘putting its desire for massive profits from the tour over the health and safety of Michael Jackson’.
She and her elder brother are expected to take the stand to reveal further details of their father's private life when the case comes to court.
Read the full interview in Event magazine, out Sunday April 14
Source: Daily Mail/MJackson.com