Michael Jackson's chimp Bubbles was 'beaten' while in his care, claims leading primatologist

Jane Goodall claims she confronted Jackson over treatment of pet

The world's leading chimp expert has claimed that Michael Jackson's pet monkey, Bubbles, was beaten while in the care of the pop superstar.

Jane Goodall, a British primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist, made the claim following a recent public speaking appearance in Washington DC with TMZ reporting that she did not know who was responsible for "brutalising" the animal but that she had confronted Jackson about it prior to his death in 2009 and that it had "ticked off" the musician.

The same website also reports that the ex-husband of Jackson's sister LaToya made similar claims in the past. "I saw Michael punch Bubbles, kick him in the stomach," Jack Gordon is quoted as saying. "Michael used to say, 'He doesn't feel it. He's a chimpanzee. I have to discipline him."

Earlier this year a French court awarded five fans one euro each in damages after they claimed they had been left devastated by the singer's death. 34 fans of the late pop singer had filed a lawsuit against his doctor Conrad Murray, who was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter. A court in Orelans, France subsequently ruled that five of the Jackson-obsessives had proven that they suffered "emotional damage" after his death.

In January of this year, a California court upheld Murray's conviction for the involuntary manslaughter of Jackson while Jackson's mother Katherine was also denied a new trial in her wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG.

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