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Los Angeles — Michael Jackson's mother tearfully described finding out about her son's death Friday and said she expressed concerns about his comeback concert schedule to the promoters of the tour.
Katherine Jackson said she called the CEO of promoter Aeg Live LLC to express her view that her son could have done 50 shows, but not if they were spaced closely together.
"He couldn't do every other night like Aeg wanted him to do at first," Katherine Jackson said.
She didn't describe any additional details about the calls. Katherine Jackson is expected to be the final plaintiff's witness in her case against Aeg Live, which has lasted 12 weeks. The defense case is scheduled to begin next week.
Katherine Jackson has been a courtroom fixture during the civil trial, »
Los Angeles — The promoter of Michael Jackson's ill-fated series of comeback shows created a conflict of interest with the singer's physician when it negotiated terms of his deal, an expert testifying for the superstar's mother told a jury Monday.
David Berman told jurors hearing a negligent hiring lawsuit against concert promoter Aeg Live LLC that the company should not have negotiated with Jackson's physician without notifying the singer's representatives of the discussion.
Asked whether it was appropriate for the concert company to attempt to hire a doctor on Jackson's behalf, Berman responded: "I believe that it's highly inappropriate. It is highly unusual."
A more appropriate relationship would have been for Jackson to hire cardiologist Conrad Murray without any involvement from Aeg Live, »
Los Angeles — Michael Jackson's mother sat in court Thursday as a police detective testified that she told him the family had tried drug interventions for the singer, believing he was addicted to painkillers.
But Detective Orlando Martinez said Katherine Jackson told him her son refused any help, saying he didn't have a drug problem.
The testimony came under questioning by lawyers for concert promoter Aeg Live LLC, which is being sued by Katherine Jackson for negligence in the star's death.
Martinez, who took the lead investigating Michael Jackson's June 25, 2009, death, said he first interviewed his mother at the hospital. But six months later, he decided to go back to her and check out "some things regarding family meetings about addiction." He said it was then that she told him about several attempts by the family to hold interventions and get Jackson into rehab.
"Mrs. Jackson said the family »
3 items from 2013
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