Michael Jackson's children to testify in family lawsuit against concert promoters

The family are seeking £26 billion in damages against AEG Live

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Michael Jackson's children will testify in the family's £26 billion lawsuit against concert promoters AEG Live.

The late singer’s children Prince, 16, and Paris, 14, are due to appear on the stand at Los Angeles County Superior Court in the trial, which began yesterday (April 2). Jackson's family are seeking £26 billion in damages against AEG Live, accusing the promoter of negligence which contributed to Jackson’s death, The Daily Telegraph reports.

The family claims AEG Live was neglectful when it hired doctor Conrad Murray, who gave the singer the overdose of sedative Propofol that lead to his death in 2009. Murray was jailed in 2011 after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Jackson died three weeks before the start of his 50-show comeback tour at the London 02 Arena. Katherine Jackson believes rehearsals for the tour pushed her son too hard. AEG Live claims that Jackson had a history of drug abuse long before the singer met Murray, hired to care for him before and during the comeback shows, stating that the amount of damages sought is a "preposterous" amount considering Jackson's ''descending career''.

"He was chosen by Michael Jackson, to be there at Michael Jackson's behest, to be Michael Jackson's doctor alone. This was only being done because Michael Jackson asked for it," AEG Live lawyer Marvin Putman told CNN.

Lawyers in the case have argued over what should be admitted in evidence in the case. Judge Yvette Palazuelos has granted AEG Live's demand for testimony about child molestation charges against Jackson to be heard, claiming it could explain the star's stress and medical problems. Katherine Jackson, however, says they are irrelevant.

She has refused to allow testimony about the parentage of Jackson's three children, or an incident last year in which his mother was allegedly kidnapped by family members and taken to Arizona.

Conrad Murray may be asked to give evidence at the trial, but he has the right to refuse.

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