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Originally posted 10/02/2013 07:00PM
Concert promoter AEG Live was not negligent in the death of Michael Jackson and the singer's mother and children shouldn't receive any money in damages, a jury found Wednesday.
After four days of deliberations, the Los Angeles Superior Court panel found that Dr. Conrad Murray, who gave the pop star a deadly dose of a powerful anesthetic, was not unfit or incompetent to perform the work for which he was hired.
"The jury's decision completely vindicates AEG Live, confirming what we have known from the start – that although Michael Jackson's death was a terrible tragedy, it was not a tragedy of AEG Live's making," says AEG attorney Marvin Putnam.
During the civil trial, which started in April, attorneys argued over whether Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, was his doctor's fault or his own, and whether Murray was Jackson's employee or the concert promoter's. The jury began deliberating on Sept. 26.
Originally posted 08/27/2013 11:45AM
Two months after she was hospitalized following a suicide attempt, Paris Jackson is now "in a good place, getting the help she needs," according to her grandmother, Katherine Jackson.
Speaking from her late son Michael's Encino, Calif., estate, the Jackson matriarch, 83, tells Hello! magazine that Paris, 15, "is doing much better. … The treatment is going good, really good."
Katharine, who with her grandson TJ shares legal guardianship of Paris and her brothers, Prince, 16, and Blanket, 11, also discusses the toll watching after Michael's daughter has taken on her.
Originally posted 08/14/2013 05:15PM
The mother of Michael Jackson's two eldest children reluctantly testified for the defense Wednesday that Jackson inappropriately used Propofol at least 12 years before his death – and was warned that he was playing with fire.
Debbie Rowe, called to the stand for lawyers defending concert promoter AEG against the Jackson family's wrongful death case, said Jackson used the potentially fatal anesthetic to help catch up on sleep in between show days when he brought his 1997 HIStory tour to Germany.
The two were married from 1996 to 1999.
Originally posted 07/19/2013 02:30PM
Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson defended the good heart of her son Friday at the wrongful death lawsuit she and her family brought against the promoters of Michael Jackson's last and ill-fated world tour.
"The most difficult thing is to sit in this court and listen to all the bad things they're saying about my son. A lot of those things are just not the truth,” Jackson, 83, told the court before describing her family's meager start and early musical history.
"I know my son was a very good person," she said. "He loved everybody. He was in the Guinness Book of World Records for the entertainer who gave the most to charity."
Originally posted 07/13/2013 05:30AM
After a month at UCLA Medical Center following her June 5 suicide attempt, Paris Jackson left the hospital on Tuesday and headed to an undisclosed residential treatment center, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
The facility was selected by the 15-year-old's grandmother Katherine and her biological mother Debbie Rowe on the advice of Paris's UCLA doctors.
Originally posted 07/01/2013 05:00PM
Paris Jackson has a message for everyone who's supported her following her suicide attempt and subsequent hospitalization: Thank you.
"My daughter has asked that I extend a huge thank you for all your thoughts and prayers and support," her mother, Debbie Rowe, Tweeted Monday. "She is strong like her father."
Paris, 15, has been in a treatment center since being admitted to the psychiatric facility at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles in June.
Originally posted 06/30/2013 02:05PM
There was only one place to be in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson ONE premiere garnered a star-studded crowd, including Neil Patrick Harris, Justin Bieber and David Arquette, as well as members of the late artist's family.
Among Jackson's family honoring his career: his mother Katherine, his 16-year-old son Prince, and his brothers Marlon, Tito and Jackie, who commented on Paris Jackson's recent mental health scare that began following a June 5 suicide attempt.
"She's going to be okay," Jackie Jackson said, according to the Associated Press. "She's getting better."
Originally posted 06/26/2013 02:55PM
Prince Jackson arrived at a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday to testify in a case filed over his superstar father's death four years ago.
The eldest son of Michael Jackson wore a dark suit and black tie as he walked into the courtroom where a judge is hearing the negligence case against AEG Live LLC.
The 16-year-old is the first member of his family to testify in the case, which is now in its ninth week.
Originally posted 06/26/2013 12:55PM
Watching from afar in the U.K., Paris Jackson's godfather says he believes she's "doing okay" following her suicide attempt earlier this month – but that he'd love to console her in person.
"Michael made me their godfather, and as a godfather, I do have a responsibility," Mark Lester, the former child star who played the title role in the 1968 film Oliver!, tells British TV show Lorraine of Paris, 15, and her brothers Prince, who is testifying Wednesday in the negligence case against AEG Live LLC, and Blanket.
"I would love to go and just pick them up and give them a big hug, and then we all go and have fish and chips … just be normal, hang out."
Originally posted 06/11/2013 04:00PM
Paris Jackson's attempted suicide came in the middle of another family drama: the Los Angeles trial centering on the Jackson family's wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG.
Like other relatives, Paris has been personally drawn into case. She gave a pre-trial deposition in March, and was on the list of trial witnesses for Katherine Jackson's lawyers, along with Katherine herself and Paris's brother Prince Michael.
Also lingering was the very real possibility she'd have to take the stand – a question that takes on new sensitivity in light of her recent hospitalization. In a 911 call released Tuesday, a dispatcher said Paris cut her arm with a kitchen knife and took 20 Motrin on June 5.
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