Michael Jackson 'feared concert promoter', says Prince Jackson

Prince claims his father told him, 'They're going to kill me'

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Prince Jackson, the son of the late pop star Michael Jackson, has told jurors during the trial against AEG that his father feared the concert promoter.

The Associated Press reports that Prince Jackson told the court that his father wanted more time to rehearse for his 'This Is It' shows at London's O2 in July 2009, and had several tense phone conversations with the promoter that often ended with the singer in tears.

"They're going to kill me," he said his father told him after one of the phone conversations. However, he did not elaborate on what his father meant by this.

The testimony came in the ongoing trial, in which the Jackson family are suing concert promoter AEG Live for negligently hiring Dr Conrad Murray, the man who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson an overdose of a dangerous sedative called Propofol.

Prince also told the court that he witnessed AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips at the family's rented mansion in a heated conversation with Murray just days before his father died. "[Phillips] looked aggressive to me," he said.

However, AEG defence attorney Marvin S. Putnam denied the testament outside the court. He said: "I think as the testimony will show when he is called in our defense that's not what happened. He was a 12-year-old boy who has had to endure this great tragedy."

Earlier this month, Dr Charles Czeisler, a sleep expert, told jurors during the trial that Michael Jackson may have been the first person on record to go for 60 days without proper sleep. Czeisler said that the Propofol administered by Murray induces a coma-like state rather than allowing the patient to engage in a natural sleeping condition.

The case also took a bizarre turn this month when AEG CEO Randy Philipps testified that he had had talks with Jackson's ghost. Claiming that his friend, Lionel Ritchie's wife Brenda, had been in contact with the spirit, he stated that "Brenda called me to tell me that she was in communications with Michael either through a medium or directly. She said Michael told her that it wasn't Dr Murray's fault, that he had accidentally killed himself." Despite the unlikely nature of the testimony, the judge allowed the explanation to stand.

The trial began on April 29 and is set to conclude next month (July).

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