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

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

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: Michael Jackson

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.

Read More On This Artist

Michael Jackson Merchandise
More News
Google to start publishing lyrics online
Thom Yorke tops list of most legally downloaded artists on BitTorrent in 2014
Fat White Family share new song for Christmas - watch
Radio 1 boss George Ergatoudis: 'There's no reason why there couldn't be a new...
Gerard Way: 'I miss the theatricality of My Chemical Romance'
14 more songs from Madonna's upcoming album leak online, including Pharrell collaboration
St Vincent hosts radio show for BBC 6 Music's 'Three Wise Women' Christmas...
The War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel: 'I didn't like the way Mark Kozelek criticised...
Avril Lavigne denies rumours that she's in rehab
Prince shares lyric video for 'ANOTHERLOVE' - watch
Arctic Monkeys share short documentary film to mark end of 'AM' world tour
Wale and A-Trak release new Seinfeld-themed 'Festivus' mixtape
Madonna asks fans not to listen to her leaked album tracks
Bryan Ferry's son Merlin injured in car crash
One Direction sing 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots - watch
Footage emerges of a young Björk telling the nativity story - watch
Kanye West impersonator turns 'Yeezus' into a Christmas album - listen
$39 million settlement reached for 2011 Sugarland stage collapse which killed seven
Darkside's Dave Harrington joined by Antlers' frontman for Joni Mitchell cover - listen
Justin Timberlake joined onstage by country singer Garth Brooks - watch
The National make Christmas cameo in 'Bob's Burgers' - watch
Slipknot share video for 'The Devil In I', filmed live at Knotfest

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM