Michael Jackson's mother Katherine delivers tearful testimony in court

The late singer's mother alleges concert promoters ''watched him waste away''

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Michael Jackson's mother Katherine has accused concert promoters AEG of failing to contact the singer's family as he "wasted away" while rehearsing for the 'This Is It' live tour shortly before his death in 2009.

Katherine Jackson was speaking in court yesterday (July 22) as she gave a tearful testimony in her trial against AEG Live LLC. Billboard reports that Jackson clutched a tissue throughout her appearance in court as she claimed that she had no knowledge of her son's ill health until the full details were revealed during the course of the ongoing trial. "They watched him waste away," Jackson said after her lawyer read out emails from AEG staff describing her son's deteriorating condition and his inability to rehearse.

"They could have called me," Jackson told the jury. "He was asking me for his father. My grandson told me that his daddy was nervous and scared." Elsewhere in her testimony Jackson was quizzed on her relationship with her son, his prescription drug use, the money she received from his account and why she did not know the full extent of her son's ill health.

The trial began on April 29 and is set to conclude at the end of July.

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