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Prince Jackson

Conrad Murray Told Us

'Sorry Kids. Dad's Dead.'

6/26/2013 1:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Prince Jackson
just testified ... Dr. Conrad Murray informed them of Michael Jackson's passing by glibly announcing, "Sorry kids. Dad's dead."

Prince has taken the stand in the Jackson family's wrongful death lawsuit against AEG, saying all he and his siblings could do was cry after hearing the news.

Prince said he recalled being in the sitting room of the Holmby Hills mansion when his father went into cardiac arrest on June 25th, 2009. Prince said he heard screams and Murray summoned him upstairs, where Prince saw his father "half hanging out of the bed" while Murray administered CPR.

He said Paris was hit the hardest by her dad's death, screaming that she "wanted her daddy" while Murray was trying to resuscitate him.

Prince said, "She was my dad's princess. She definitely is dealing with [his death] in her own way."

As we reported, Paris has sunken into a deep and dangerous depression recently, stemming from her father and his death.

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77.

Dose Of Reality    

Just so we can all agree and look at this thing logically, whether you are a fan or not.


MJ was a physical and emotional mess and there was no way he was going to be able to do 10 shows, let alone 50. That is even with him doing decades old dance routines and lip syncing.


AEG expected the performer to perform the shows he agreed to.


AEG was concerned with MJ’s ability to perform after seeing him acting irrationally, possibly heavily under the influence of drugs or alcohol and physically unable to perform or show up to rehearsal.


AEG is in the business of concert promotion and not mental, physical and drug rehabilitation. The agreement with Michael Jackson was not solely for mental, physical and drug rehabilitation services.


MJ’s failures to fulfill his obligations would cost everyone a lot of money. AEG, like every other promoter of large events takes out insurance to limit losses should things not go as planned. Seeing MJ’s apparent deteriorating capabilities made them seek out additional coverage in case he had a serious substance abuse problem.


The emails indicate that AEG was not pleased that Murray was acting under his patient’s direction and was not acting in the best interest of his patient’s well being.


MJ was familiar with being under anesthesia and its dangers since he has had surgery numerous times before. Even fans can’t deny at least two non-emergency consensual surgeries.


There was a massive amount of drugs and dangerous medical paraphernalia in the house MJ shared with “his kids”.


MJ allowed Murray to him drugs and/or surgical anesthesia, in his (rented) home, nearly every night for weeks. This was not done against MJ’s will.


Feel free to reply with any rabid fan denial.

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Pegasus    

L.A. Times
06/27/2013 12:20 PM EPT


For Michael Jackson fan, covering trial is her duty


Michael Jackson fans who have been attending the AEG-civil trial, from left, Laura Sherwood, Dexter Calderbank, Taaj Malik, and Carolyn Owens-Horton. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times) More photos

Taaj Malik has thousands following her on Twitter and visiting her website. She and others are go-to sources for those suspicious about the mainstream media.

By Corina Knoll and Jeff Gottlieb

June 27, 2013


She takes two buses to get to the courthouse each day and depends on donations from fans to run her website.

She has no formal training as a journalist but for tens of thousands — maybe multitudes more — she is the oracle for all things Michael.


Inside the cramped downtown Los Angeles courtroom each weekday, Taaj Malik furiously taps away at her iPad as the Michael Jackson wrongful-death case unfolds, taking notes for a transcript she will later post on a website crammed with court do***ents, autopsy reports, links to court exhibits, salutes to Jackson and an occasional plea for money. Thousands visit the website daily.

With nearly 40,000 following her "Team Michael Jackson" Twitter account, the 52-year-old Malik blasts out tweets during breaks and keeps up a running dialogue with followers.

"It was a great day to watch that roach squirm on the stand, Hes adapting many personalities, none r working cause ever1 can see he's a #LIAR," she writes as one witness is grilled.

"What a pair of MUPPETS," she snaps after two ranking music executives testify.

When a follower thanks her for the stream of information from the courtroom, Malik deflects it quickly. "No, dear... Its my duty with Michael and the truth! Dont say thank you! :)."

The Orange County resident, who ran a housekeeping business until she was injured in a car accident in January, climbs out of bed at 4 a.m. to begin her trek downtown. She is part of a worldwide fan community consumed with the minute details about the King of Pop, fully primed to feast on the latest legal entanglement to invoke his memory.

Michael Jackson appears in a scene from the movie "This Is It." (Kevin Mazur) More photos

The wrongful-death trial is playing out in a courtroom with seats for only a handful of observers selected each morning via lottery. Most days the few available slots go quickly and Malik — along with much of the print and television media — is herded off to an overflow room to watch the proceedings on a closed-circuit feed.

There is no televised coverage of the trial, so fans are left to search for what details they can find on Twitter, Facebook and — if they must — the mainstream media. Jackson fan forums and websites have been in full gear since the trial began two months ago.

"Ultimately it's a thirst for knowledge," said Pez Greaves of British-based fan club MJ Vibe, which produces a quarterly magazine dedicated to Jackson.

At fan site Positively Michael, a forum was created exclusively for this trial. Volunteer site administrator Lynn Mathis, who is based in Indiana, is not attending the trial but she uploads a mix of articles for visitors to dissect, such as "Was Michael Jackson Really Worth $40 Billion?" and "Rumored use of Michael Jackson body doubles could be raised in trial."

"We post a lot of news items and perspectives on both sides of all people involved," she said. "We sort of take the position of do your due diligence, read and make your decisions for yourself. Our guests spike when there's a trial because we have a reputation of having objective coverage."

For those suspicious about the mainstream media — and many Jackson fans seem to be — someone like Malik is a go-to source. For some, her tweets serve as real-time dispatches from the civil trial.

Although Malik has her critics, she receives praise from those who consider her an ally in the ongoing fight to protect Jackson's reputation. Katherine Jackson, the pop singer's mother, knows Malik though she is unfamiliar with her tweets or Web page because she does not use the Internet, a family attorney said.

Malik lives off a legal settlement from the car accident — she said back injuries from the accident left her unable to continue work as a housekeeper — and her mother and an aunt send her regular allowances.

She created her website in January 2011 when preliminary hearings for the Conrad Murray case were taking place. Her mother, who lives in Britain, gave her $30,000 to buy and post the court transcripts for those hearings. Malik later sent in daily transcripts of the trial, which ended with the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson a fatal dose of propofol, a powerful anesthetic typically reserved for surgical procedures.

The current civil trial, which promises to offer a panorama of Jackson's final days, feels special to Malik.

Fans of the late Michael Jackson stand outside the Airport Courthouse during the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times) More photos

"This one means everything to me," she said, "more than Conrad Murray because the charges were an insult. I mean, involuntary manslaughter? This trial is definitely bringing out the truth."

Malik was born in Pakistan and she lived there until she was a teen, when she moved to Staffordshire in central England with her family. She later married a fellow Jackson fan (he got the albums and CDs when they divorced).

She saw Jackson for the first time in 1988 at a sold-out concert at Wembley Stadium in London. Malik said she was so stretched for money she sewed herself a white shirt and fake leather jacket to fit in with the crowd.

"I can still see that concert, the dancing," she recalled. "It was empowering."

She caught a glimpse of Jackson again years later when he arrived in England to accept an award, a moment that is also chiseled in her memory. He arrived in a black limousine with guards striding alongside the vehicle and then stepped out into the evening. "Tears started coming out of my eyes," she said.

By the time she arrived in the U.S. in 2009 , she had five children and a second marriage that was falling apart. Weeks later, Jackson died and the fan in Malik took over. She drove to the Holmby Hills mansion where Jackson had been found unresponsive in his bedroom, and then to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Her devotion to Jackson's legacy — "advocacy," she calls it — has poured forth ever since, earning her followers around the world and a support team in the courthouse.

"I only rely on Taaj's website. It's unbiased news," said 37-year-old Dana Brenklin, a film production assistant who discusses the trial on a radio show she hosts on the Web.

Michael Jackson arrives at the Santa Barbara County courthouse with his mother, Katherine, in May 2005, during his trial on child-molestation charges. (Matthew Simmons) More photos

We want to know what happened at the house, at the rehearsals, how they were treating him."
— Julia Thomas

Brenklin shows up for the trial most days, joining a small community of Jackson fans who band together at the courthouse to discuss the case and greet the matriarch of the Jackson family with hugs when she arrives. One day they all sported black T-shirts with Katherine Jackson's face and the words, "We support you."

They see it as vital — and consider themselves lucky — to bear witness to the case without it being filtered through traditional print and television reporters.

In the Murray trial, the defendant was the Las Vegas doctor who treated Jackson. This case introduced a new villain: the music industry.

"Did u tell any1esle Mr JAXN is paralyzed self loathing mess? May have said it 2few people in my firm," Malik tweeted as a top music executive was quizzed on the witness stand about a colorful email he wrote describing Jackson's erratic behavior before a 1999 London news conference.

A full collection of emails between the people overseeing Jackson's comeback tour, in which the performer is described as a "freak" and "in need of a shrink," is posted on Malik's Web page, with a promise of more to come.

For people like Julia Thomas, a 40-year-old high school office administrator who obsessively trolls the Internet for Jackson news and reads Malik's tweets for updates, the trial is revealing Jackson as a victim of those he trusted most.

"We want to know what happened at the house, at the rehearsals, how they were treating him," said Thomas, who lives near Rialto.

Still, the civil proceedings have left fans torn over the lawsuit filed by Katherine Jackson and her grandchildren accusing AEG of being complicit in the entertainer's death. Some see AEG as the cold conglomerate that mercilessly pushed a frail, aging man to perform while others see the suit as an attempt to squeeze more profits from Jackson's stardom.

For all those who faithfully follow Malik or visit her Web page, there are others who see her as a fan obsessed. Her brother and sister are among them.

"They think I'm crazy, that I need to leave it alone and get on with my life."

Her mother, she said, feels differently.

"She knows I'm all about the truth."

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Pegasus    

'They're going to kill me,' Michael Jackson told son

By Alan Duke, CNN

updated 8:03 AM EDT, Thrus June 27, 2013

Prince Jackson testifies against AEG


STORY HIGHLIGHTS
NEW: "Sorry kids, your dad's dead," Prince Jackson says Dr. Conrad Murray told him
Paris was "hit the hardest because she was my dad's princess," Prince says
Prince describes "aggressive" encounter between AEG head and Dr. Murray
The wrongful death trial of AEG Live is in its ninth week in a Los Angeles courtroom

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Michael Jackson often cried after talking to AEG Live executives as he prepared for his comeback concerts, his oldest son testified Wednesday.

"After he got off the phone, he would cry," Prince Jackson testified. "He would say 'They're going to kill me, they're going to kill me.'"

His father told him he was talking about AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips and his ex-manager, Dr. Tohme Tohme, Prince said.

Prince, 16, began his testimony Wednesday morning in his family's wrongful death lawsuit against Jackson's last concert promoter, AEG Live.

His first 30 minutes on the stand were filled with videos and photographs of Jackson with his children, but then the questioning by Jackson lawyer Brian Panish focused on the last weeks of his father's life.

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Prince testified that Phillips visited Jackson's rented Los Angeles mansion and spoke aggressively to Dr. Conrad Murray the night before his father's death.

"He was grabbing his elbow," Prince said. "It looked aggressive to me. He was grabbing by the back of his elbow and they were really close and he was making hand motions."

He couldn't hear what Phillips was saying to Murray, he said.

Michael Jackson was not there because he was at his last rehearsal, Prince said. He called his father from the security guard shack telephone to let him know Phillips was there. His father asked him to offer Phillips food and drink.

Prince said that was his last conversation with his father.

"Sorry kids, your dad's dead"

Prince recounted the day his father died four years ago. He saw his father "hanging halfway off the bed, his eyes were rolled back," when he ran into the bedroom where Dr. Murray was doing CPR in a futile effort to revive him, he said.

Paris followed him up the stairs, "but we kept pulling her down the stair," he said.

"She was screaming the whole time saying she wants her daddy," he said.

At the hospital later, Dr. Murray told them "Sorry kids, your dad's dead," Prince testified.

Prince was 12 when the pop icon died, but he said his father confided in him about whom he trusted and didn't trust and what he feared as he prepared for his comeback concerts.

Michael Jackson's three children -- Prince, Paris and Blanket -- and their grandmother Katherine Jackson are plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which contends AEG Live is liable in Jackson's death because the company hired, retained or supervised Murray, the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Murray told investigators he gave Jackson nightly infusions of the surgical anesthetic propofol to treat his insomnia. The coroner ruled the singer died of an overdose of the drug.

AEG Live executives allegedly created a medical conflict of interest that pressured Murray to pursue the dangerous treatments so Jackson would be rested for rehearsals, while ignoring warning signs that his health was failing, Jackson family lawyers argue.

AEG Live lawyers contend that it was Jackson who chose and controlled the doctor and that company executives had no way of knowing what treatments Murray was delivering.

Prince Jackson's 16th birthday gift: A career

AEG Live lead lawyer Marvin Putnam's cross-examination of Prince lasted just 25 minutes. It centered on trying to discredit his testimony about Phillips' visit to his home and about cash payments that Prince said his father gave Murray at times.

Prince stood by his story about the Phillips and Murray encounter, although he conceded it could have been two nights before his father's death and not the last night.

The toll of losing their father

Prince's testimony gave Jackson lawyers a chance to show jurors the emotional toll suffered by Jackson's children, which they would have to put a dollar figure on if they conclude AEG Live is liable in their father's death.

"I can't sleep at night," Prince said. "I have a hard time sleeping." The death left him "emotionally distant from a lot of people" for a while, he said.

He's missed sharing with his father "the first day of going to school, having the first girlfriend, being able to drive," Prince testified.

While Paris Jackson's suicide attempt and hospitalization was not brought up in court -- and it is unclear if jurors learned about it in the news -- Prince did speak about his sister.

"I think out of all of my siblings she was probably hit the hardest because she was my dad's princess," he said.

Prince said the questioning of Paris by AEG Live lawyers over two days in March was painful for her. "She had some problems before, after and, I assume, during," he said.

"She definitely is dealing with it in her own way," her brother said.

Paris, who was 11 when her father died, is not available to testify in person in court because she is hospitalized for psychiatric treatment.

While he and his sister no longer want to celebrate birthdays because "it's not the same without" their father, Blanket, now 11, does, Prince said.

"Right now, I don't know if Blanket realizes what he lost," he said. "He was so young. He is still growing up just like I am and he doesn't have a father to guide him."

AEG Live attempted to compel Blanket, the youngest child, to testify, but the judge rejected its request after a psychologist said it would harm the boy.

Changing the world?

Jurors watched a home video of Michael Jackson questioning his three children about how they planned "to change the world" when they grow up.

Prince testified that the video was made at Christmas.

"What's Christmas mean?" Jackson is heard asking his children.

"Love," Blanket responded.

"Who's Blanket going to be to change this world?" Jackson asked.

"I don't know," Blanket, who appeared to be about 5 at the time, answered.

"What does Paris want to do? Be honest search your heart," Jackson said.

"Help the poor," she answered. Paris also said she would like to be a gymnast.

Prince told his father he aspired to be a movie director and architect because he liked "making things."

Private details revealed

Prince, who said his grade point average is 3.68 at the private school in Sherman Oaks, California, at the end of his sophomore year. He is a member of the National Honors Society and received artistic awards at school, he said.

His extracurricular activities include martial arts and working as a mechanic in his school's robotics program, he said. He wants to attend the University of Southern California to study film and business, he said.

His father taught him how "the great ones" made movies, including how to "find shots." He gave him a lens that hung on a necklace that showed what a shot would look like, he said.

Prince said while his school requires a certain amount of community service, he's does more than that. He volunteers at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles in a program that delivers books to young patients "to keep their minds off their problems."

His father "always said you should give back to the community and help out as much as you can," Prince said.

The jury was shown video of Jackson and his children at the Neverland Ranch where they lived until moving after Jackson was acquitted in a child molestation trial.

The family moved after the court case "because there were complications," Prince said. "They ruined it for my dad."

One video showed a giraffe and several alpacas in the Neverland Zoo. "I never really went near them because they would spit on us," Prince said.

The video also showed the carnival rides at Neverland. "We only went there and to the zoo on special occasions because my dad wanted us to remain humble," he said.

When shown a photo of his father sitting with him at a piano, Prince said "I can never play an instrument and I definitely can't sing."

The trial is in its ninth week and is expected to last until August.

400 days ago
80.

Myriam    

All the haters, your mouth is full of sh.t, you are looser, Prince is not ugly, but all of you are ugly physically and morally.

400 days ago
81.

Pegasus    

400 days ago
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Pegasus    

T.J. Jackson breaks down on stand, says Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris is ‘in a tough spot’



Michael Jackson's nephew testifies in wrongful-death trial, says he is trying to help troubled teen
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By Nancy Dillon / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Thursday, June 27, 2013, 4:39 PM.

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T.J. Jackson, son of Tito Jackson, in 2003. He is Michael’s nephew.


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Michael Jackson's nephew broke down crying on the witness stand Thursday and told jurors that the King of Pop's daughter is "in a tough spot" after her recent attempted suicide.

Tito "T.J." Jackson Jr. didn't specifically mention the June 5 call to paramedics saying Paris Jackson had taken 20 Motrin pills and slashed her arm with a kitchen knife. But he said that as her co-guardian along with grandmother Katherine Jackson, he's now working overtime to help the troubled teen.

"I don't want to go into details on what's going on with Paris now, but could you explain how Paris is handling the loss of her father?" asked Kevin Boyle, one of the lawyers representing Katherine in her wrongful death case against concert promoter AEG Live.

"It's tough," TJ said. "She was daddy's girl. My uncle was her world."

T.J. acknowledged Michael's death has "been very hard" for all three kids - including Michael’s sons Prince, 16, and Blanket, 11 - but Paris was "the princess of his life."

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Paris Jackson is having a hard time since her dad’s death.

PHOTOS: MICHAEL JACKSON'S LIFE IN PHOTOS

"Paris has a heart of gold," he said of the 15-year-old. "I just think the loss of my uncle has hit her at a different level. She's in a tough spot, but we're all loving her and doing everything we can to get her where she should be."

The 34-year-old son of Jackson Five member Tito Jackson said he agreed to become co-guardian of Michael's kids because the "Thriller" singer gave him extra support and guidance after the 1994 drowning murder of his mom DeDe Jackson.

He called Michael his "mentor" and smiled as jurors watched a music video of him and his brothers singing with the pop icon.

"He was just everything," T.J., bowing his head in tears and needing a minute to compose himself.

Jackson Family Video

Scene from Michael Jackson wrongful death trial videos: Michael Jackson, Prince and Paris.

T.J. called his grandmother the "queen" and "CEO" of the family, saying it was his role simply to help her in any way possible with Michael's kids.

RELATED: MICHAEL JACKSON’S OLDEST SON TESTIFIES IN WRONGFUL DEATH TRIAL

He said Katherine also has taken Michael's death "very hard."

"Our children are supposed to outlive us, so it's been very difficult on our grandmother," he said.

The married dad with three kids of his own was named co-guardian last summer after some relatives reported Katherine "missing" while she was out of state with a group of Michael's siblings.

Jackson Family Video

Scene from Michael Jackson wrongful death trial videos: Paris Jackson tells what she wants to be when she grows up. Prince is at right.

He said he handles the kids' school and medical appointments and tries to instill in them the humility he admired in his uncle.

T.J. said he drives a Honda Accord and Michael's son Prince drives a Ford truck, not a Maserati.

RELATED: PARIS JACKSON’S RECENT SUICIDE ATTEMPT ‘WASN’T THE FIRST TIME’

"(Prince) is an amazing person," he said. "Since he was a kid, he's always been one of the smartest kids I've ever seen or known, reading books at a young age, devouring books."

Prince gave his own emotional testimony a day earlier, speaking publicly about his dad for the first time .

Joel Ryan/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Prince Jackson, Prince Michael II "Blanket"Jackson and Paris Jackson arrive on stage at the Michael Forever the Tribute Concert, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

The high schooler recalled his tears the day of his dad's fatal overdose and lamented his inability to share milestones such as his driver's license and first girlfriend with his doting dad.

"Nothing will ever be the same," Prince testified Wednesday. "I can't sleep at night. I have a hard time sleeping. For a while after he died, I became emotionally distant from a lot of people."

Prince also touched on his sister's current hospitalization in general terms.

RELATED: MICHAEL JACKSON DIDN’T SLEEP WELL FOR TWO MONTHS: EXPERT

"Out of all my siblings, she was probably hit the hardest because she was my dad's princess," he said. "It really hurt her a lot. She definitely is dealing with it in her own way."

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Michael Jackson rehearses for his planned shows in London at the Staples Center on June 23, 2009, in Los Angeles. Jackson died two days later at the age of 50.

A source told the Daily News Paris suffers from "severe" depression and likely will remain in treatment for an extended period.

Speaking to jurors Thursday, T.J. said Michael's youngest son Blanket also misses his dad but is trying to live a normal life - one that includes martial arts classes every Tuesday.

He said Blanket was always "very shy."

"Blanket was always wrapped around (Michael's) leg, right behind his leg," he said. "Wherever my uncle was, Blanket was there. My uncle was everything to Blanket."

Katherine is suing AEG Live for damages that could top $1 billion, saying the promoter of Michael's ill-fated "This Is It" concert series should be held liable for his death.

Her lawsuit claims AEG Live negligently hired the doctor who's now serving four years for Michael's fatal overdose on June 25, 2009.

AEG has denied any wrongdoing, arguing it was Michael who hired the doctor and went to great lengths to hide his use of an intravenous anesthetic as a treatment for his insomnia.

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Nephew: Michael Jackson 'was just everything'

By Alan Duke, CNN

June 27, 2013 -- Updated 2153 GMT (0553 HKT)

Randy Phillips: He's president of AEG Live, the concert promoter that contracted with Michael Jackson for his "This Is It" comeback shows set to start in London in July 2009. The Jackson lawsuit says Phillips supervised Dr. Conrad Murray's treatment of Jackson in the weeks before his death, making the company liable for damages. E-mails between Phillips and other executives showed they were worried about Jackson's missed rehearsals and sought Murray's help getting him ready.


STORY HIGHLIGHTS
T.J. Jackson shares guardianship of Prince, Paris and Blanket with their grandmother
Paris "in a tough spot, but we're loving her and doing everything we can," T.J Jackson says
Paparazzi stalking makes "everything harder for the kids to grieve and to recover, he says

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Jurors heard more testimony Thursday about the emotional devastation caused by Michael Jackson's death.

"He was just everything," said T.J. Jackson, youngest son of Jackson's brother Tito.

T.J. Jackson, who shares guardianship of Michael Jackson's children -- Prince, Paris and Blanket -- with their grandmother, was called as a witness by Jackson lawyers at the wrongful death trial of AEG Live.

Michael Jackson's mother and his children contend his last concert promoter was liable for his death because it hired, retained or supervised Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

AEG Live lawyers argue it was Jackson, not the company, who chose and controlled Dr. Murray. Their executives had no way of knowing he was giving nightly infusions of the surgical anesthetic propofol to Jackson, which the coroner ruled killed the singer, the lawyers say.

If the jury concludes AEG Live has liability in Jackson's death, then they must put a dollar figure on damages -- including the emotional toll on the children caused by the loss of their father.

The oldest child, 16-year-old Prince, testified Wednesday that sister Paris, 15, "was probably hit the hardest because she was my dad's princess."

Paris has been hospitalized since a suicide attempt earlier this month, although it is unclear whether jurors will know about it.

"The loss of my uncle has hit her at a different level and she's in a tough spot, but we're loving her and doing everything we can," T.J. Jackson testified Thursday

He said he was at a loss for words to describe what Paris is going through. "It's tough, you know, it's tough."

"She was daddy's girl," he said. "My uncle was her world. My uncle gave them more love and for it to be taken away, it's been very hard for Paris, and for all of them."

Blanket, who was 7 when his father died, "was always wrapped around his leg, very shy," T.J. Jackson said. "Wherever my uncle was, Blanket was a foot away, My uncle was everything to Blanket."

"Right now, I don't know if Blanket realizes what he lost," Prince said. "He was so young. He is still growing up just like I am and he doesn't have a father to guide him."

Prince said he has "a hard time sleeping" since his father's death in 2009. It left him "emotionally distant from a lot of people" for a while, he said.

He's missed sharing with his father "the first day of going to school, having the first girlfriend, being able to drive," Prince testified.

T.J. Jackson said Prince was Michael Jackson's "little assistant."

"He was very mature for his age, very smart. My uncle would prepare him for things" by telling him about his business deals.

"He's very strong, he's very smart," he testified. "He was always the smartest kid I'd ever known."

As a guardian, T.J. Jackson said he must constantly deal with paparazzi stalking the children for photographs.

"It's, just to be frank, a complete annoyance," he said. "It's awful."

He suggested there should be a new law to protect celebrity children from photographers.

"I know it's making everything harder for the kids to grieve and to recover and to progress," he said.

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Pegasus    

Testimony in Jackson case focuses on paparazzi

June 27, 2013, 5:59 PM EST

By ANTHONY McCARTNEY , AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scrutiny by paparazzi has made it more difficult for the children of Michael Jackson to grieve for their dead father, a family cousin who serves as co-guardian of the singer's children told a jury on Thursday.

TJ Jackson said the three children don't like the attention, and he supports any legislative effort to curb photographers from pursuing images of the sons and daughters of celebrities.

"In my opinion, I know it's making everything harder for the kids to grieve and recover and progress," Jackson said.

The comments came as Jackson testified during a civil trial involving the death of the pop star about his relationship with his famous uncle and the singer's parenting of his children.

He cited remarks made Tuesday by Halle Berry in Sacramento as the Legislature considers a bill that would change the definition of harassment to include photographing or recording a child without the permission of a legal guardian.

Anyone convicted of a first offense could spend between 10 days and a year in jail.

TJ Jackson said he had to consider whether Michael Jackson's youngest son Blanket should attend martial arts classes on Tuesday because photographers would be interested in getting a shot of the 11-year-old on the fourth anniversary of his father's death.

TJ Jackson is Tito Jackson's son and a member of the musical group 3T with two of his brothers.

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Pegasus    

Michael Jackson's nephew testifies singer was humble family man
By Dana Feldman | Reuters – 36 mins ago..


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By Dana Feldman



LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson's nephew and co-guardian to his three children testified on Thursday in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the late pop star's family that the "Thriller" singer was a humble family man who supported his family in times of need.

T.J. Jackson, 34, the son of Jackson 5 member Tito Jackson, offered a view into the private life of the King of Pop, who died at age 50 in Los Angeles in 2009 from an overdose of surgical anesthetic propofol ahead of a run of London concerts.

T.J. told jurors in a Los Angeles courtroom that Jackson supported and comforted him after his mother was murdered when he was 16.

"He kept me inspired and ambitious. He was just there for me," T.J., breaking down in tears, said.

Jackson's 83-year-old mother, Katherine, is suing privately held AEG Live, which was promoting Jackson's "This Is It" comeback concert series in London, for negligence in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray as his personal physician.

Murray was caring for the singer as he prepared for the shows and was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for administering the propofol that killed Jackson.

T.J. is the second Jackson family member to testify in the trial. He followed Jackson's eldest son, 16-year-old Prince, who took the stand on Wednesday, four years and one day after the pop singer's death.

In morning testimony, T.J., who also serves as a co-guardian with Katherine of the singer's three children, said the pop star was so humble he never knew that Jackson was a global icon until adulthood.

"He was just extremely humble about being so famous," T.J said. "It was amazing to see the contrast of (how) the world outside (treated him)."

AEG Live has said that Jackson had prescription drug and addiction problems for years before entering into any agreement with the company and that the singer chose Murray as his physician even though they paid for Murray.

AEG Live also has said they could not have foreseen that Murray posed a danger to Jackson.

T.J. echoed Prince's testimony that Jackson's death has been hardest felt by the singer's 15-year-old daughter, Paris, who earlier this month was rushed to a hospital following an apparent suicide attempt.

"The loss of my uncle has hit her at a different level," T.J. said. "She was daddy's girl; my uncle was her world."

Jackson family attorney Brian Panish has said Paris may be called as a witness in the trial, but Jackson's youngest son, 11-year-old Prince Michael II, also known as Blanket, will not be summoned during the trial, which began in late April.

Testimony over the past two days have focused on Jackson's relationship with his children, with the family's attorneys showing home videos and photos of the pop star with his kids.

T.J. is a singer in the R&B group 3T, with two of his brothers. The story was corrected to insert dropped article "a" in the first paragraph

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Pegasus    

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'It's tough. She was a daddy's girl. My uncle was her world': Michael Jackson's nephew T.J. reveals Paris' current struggles in court


By Cliff Renfrew

PUBLISHED:21:59 EST, 27 June 2013| UPDATED:21:59 EST, 27 June 2013


Paris Jackson's cousin and co-guardian T.J. Jackson has admitted that the teenager is in a 'tough spot' as she recovers from her recent suicide bid.

The telling insight into the current state of mind of Michael Jackson's 15-year-old daughter was given when the 34-year-old spoke at the wrongful death lawsuit against promoters AEG Live on Thursday.

And the evidence is sure to strike a chord with the late superstar's millions of fans around the world who are hoping and praying that Paris can make a full recovery.

Troubled teen: T.J. Jackson testified in court on Thursday that Paris Jackson was currently in a 'tough spot'

Speaking at Los Angeles Superior Court T.J. Jackson said: 'Paris has a heart of gold. I just think the loss of my uncle has hit her at a different level. She's in a tough spot, but we're all loving her and doing everything we can to get her where she should be.


'It's tough. She was daddy's girl. My uncle was her world.'

'Paris is not going to be testifying,' lawyer Deborah Chang told Judge Yvette Palazuelos while the jury was out of the courtroom. 'We have a little girl in so much pain right now, she cannot come.'

During his testimony T.J. also revealed that Katherine Jackson has been struggling to cope since The King Of Pop died back in June 2009.

Impressed: T.J. Jackson described Prince Jackson as an 'amazing person' in court the co-guardian has been helping to look after Michael Jackson's children

T.J. praised Prince, 16, as 'an amazing person' while admitting that Blanket, 11, is 'extremely shy'.

'Our children are supposed to outlive us, so it's been very difficult on our grandmother. He was just everything. Since Prince was a kid, he's always been one of the smartest kids I've ever seen or known, reading books at a young age, devouring books.

'Blanket was always very shy. He was always wrapped around Michael's leg right, behind his leg. Wherever my uncle was, Blanket was there, My uncle was everything to Blanket.'

On a lighter note T.J. also testified about how incredibly generous the late King Of Pop could be by handing over $100 bills to complete strangers and generously rewarding his staff too.

Troubled: Michael Jackson's kids Paris, Prince and Blanket, have all struggled to cope since their famous father died

Recovering: Paris is trying to get better following her attempted suicide attempt

Which is ironic considering that Michael Jackson left a huge trail of debts when he passed away.

The Jacksons are suing AEG Live for hiring and not properly investigating Dr Conrad Murray who was charged with looking after Michael Jackson.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for his part in Michael's death - which AEG contend was not their fault as the performer hid his drug abuse.

Meanwhile, former professional dancer Wade Robson has outlined molestation allegations against Michael Jackson, claiming the performer molested him in various ways from February 4, 1990 and 7 years thereafter.

Family support: T.J. Jackson testified that Katherine Jackson has also struggled since her famous son's death

In the redacted do***ents obtained by TMZ, seven lines of alleged abuse are blacked-out.

Wade's lawyer claim that after Michael's first accuser Jordy Chandler made allegations about him the performer called Wade and 'brainwashed him into being a good soldier.'

According to the do***ents the superstar would engage in role playing with Robson saying: 'They are saying we did all of this disgusting sexual stuff. We never did any of that. Right?'

In another similar session in 2005 - during his molestation trial - Jackson allegedly told Robson: 'They are making up all these lies about you and I saying that we did all these disgusting sexual stuff.


King of Pop: Since his death in 2009 Michael Jackson's family has had various problems

'They are just trying to take us down, take away my power and my money, take away our careers. We can't let them do this.'

The do***ents also describe an incident reported by a former housekeeper during Jackson's 2005 criminal trial.

She testified at the time that she walked past the singer's shower and heard him playing with 'little Wade'.

The housekeeper revealed that she saw two pairs of underwear outside the shower - one belonged to Jackson the other was a 'little boy's neon green pair'.

More complaints: Wade Robson has made fresh allegations against Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson trial: Son Prince describes father's death, aftermath

Published June 27, 2013
Associated Press


LOS ANGELES – Michael Jackson's oldest son described the frantic efforts to revive his father to a jury, a scene of tears and agony that ended a dozen idyllic years being raised by one of pop music's superstars.

Michael Joseph "Prince" Jackson Jr. told the panel Wednesday how he knew there was trouble in the singer's rented mansion when heard screaming upstairs and went into his father's bedroom. His father was laying halfway off the bed, eyes rolled up into the back of his head as his physician tried CPR.

His sister Paris screamed for her father and Prince, now 16, told jurors that he was crying. On the ride to a hospital, the teenager recounted how he tried to calm the fears of his sister and younger brother by telling them that angels were watching over their father and everything would be fine.

It wasn't until his father's doctor, Conrad Murray, came out of the emergency room and said he had died that Prince knew his father was gone.

"Nothing will ever be the same," the teenager told jurors. He said while his younger brother doesn't totally realize the loss, his sister has had the hardest time of them all and he has had many sleepless nights since his father died four years ago.

His voice wavered at times and tears appeared to form in his eyes, but Prince remained composed as he publicly recounted for the first time what he saw the day his father died.

The re-telling of the scene in Jackson's bedroom came after nearly an hour of Prince describing happier times, showing photos of him and his sister when they were younger and a series of videos of the children filmed by their father.

He testified in a lawsuit accusing concert promoter AEG Live LLC of negligently hiring Murray, who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson an overdose of the anesthetic propofol.

AEG denies it hired the physician or bears any responsibility for the entertainer's death.

Wearing a black suit with a dark grey tie and his long brown hair tucked behind his ears, Prince testified that he saw AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips at the family's rented mansion in a heated conversation with Murray in the days before his father died. The teenager said Phillips grabbed Murray's elbow.

Phillips "looked aggressive to me," Prince testified.

His father wasn't at home at the time and was probably rehearsing, he said.

He said he saw his father cry after phone conversations with Phillips, and wanted more time to rehearse and was unhappy with pressure to perform his 50 scheduled comeback concerts titled "This Is It."

Murray's attorney Valerie Wass and AEG defense attorney Marvin S. Putnam later denied outside court that the meeting Prince described ever happened.

Putnam said Prince would be re-called to the witness stand during the defense case later in the trial.

"I think as the testimony will show when he is called in our defense that's not what happened," Putnam said. "He was a 12-year-old boy who has had to endure this great tragedy."

The testimony began with the teenager showing jurors roughly 15 minutes of private family photos and home videos.

He described growing up on Neverland Ranch and narrated videos of the property's petting zoos, amusement park and other amenities. After his father's acquittal of child molestation charges, Prince described living in the Middle East, Ireland and Las Vegas.

Prince is the first Jackson family member to testify during the trial, now in its ninth week. On Thursday his cousins, TJ and Taj Jackson, who are Tito Jackson's sons, will take the witness stand.

Prince Jackson, his sister Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson and brother Prince Michael "Blanket" Jackson are plaintiffs in the case against AEG, which their grandmother and primary caretaker filed in August 2010.

Another image showed Michael Jackson playing piano with his son while Prince was still a toddler.

Plaintiffs' attorney Brian Panish asked Prince whether he was interested in pursuing a career in music. "I can never play an instrument and I definitely cannot sing," Prince said to laughter from the jury.

He said he wanted to study film or business when he goes to college.

His testimony also included details that AEG's lawyers will likely point to later in the case to bolster their contention that Jackson was secretive about using propofol as a sleep aid.

Prince said none of the household staff were allowed upstairs at the mansion, and the singer kept his bedroom locked while receiving treatments from Murray.

During cross-examination, Putnam played a clip from a deposition of Prince in which the teen said he discovered the bedroom was locked when he and his siblings were playing hide-and-seek and couldn't get inside.

Prince also said his father gave him and his sister Paris a stack of $100 bills on a few occasions to give to Murray. He said his father told him that Murray wouldn't take the money from him, and the doctor wouldn't take the full amount from the children.

The teenager said his understanding was that the money was meant to tide Murray over until he got paid by AEG Live.

He never saw or knew how Murray was treating his doctor.

"I was 12. To my understanding he was supposed to make sure my dad stayed healthy," Prince testified.

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Nephew: Michael Jackson was murdered

By Alan Duke, CNN

updated 11:31 PM EDT, Thu June 27, 2013

Randy Phillips: He's president of AEG Live, the concert promoter that contracted with Michael Jackson for his "This Is It" comeback shows set to start in London in July 2009. The Jackson lawsuit says Phillips supervised Dr. Conrad Murray's treatment of Jackson in the weeks before his death, making the company liable for damages. E-mails between Phillips and other executives showed they were worried about Jackson's missed rehearsals and sought Murray's help getting him ready.


STORY HIGHLIGHTS
NEW: "My mother was murdered for money ... I don't put that past anyone," T.J. Jackson says
T.J. Jackson shares guardianship of Prince, Paris and Blanket with their grandmother
Paris "in a tough spot, but we're loving her and doing everything we can," T.J Jackson says
Paparazzi stalking makes "everything harder for the kids to grieve and to recover, he says

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Michael Jackson's nephew testified Thursday that he believes his uncle was murdered.

T.J. Jackson, the youngest son of Jackson brother Tito, revealed his suspicion while being cross examined by an AEG Live lawyer in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial.

Jurors also heard him testify about the emotional devastation caused by Michael Jackson's death.

"He was just everything," said T.J. Jackson, who shares guardianship of Michael Jackson's children -- Prince, Paris and Blanket -- with their grandmother.

Michael Jackson's mother and his children contend his last concert promoter was liable for his death because it hired, retained or supervised Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

AEG Live lawyers argue it was Jackson, not the company, who chose and controlled Dr. Murray. Their executives had no way of knowing he was giving nightly infusions of the surgical anesthetic propofol to Jackson, which the coroner ruled killed the singer, the lawyers say.

"Do you believe your uncle was murdered?" AEG Live attorney Jessica Stebbins Bina asked T.J. Jackson.

"I do," he answered. "I believe it because he did tell me and the brothers that he was going to be murdered on a couple of occasions.

"He said that just because of his position he was a target."

T.J. Jackson had earlier testified that his mother, Delores Jackson, was the victim of murder 19 years ago.

"My mother was murdered for money, too, so I don't put that past anyone," he said.

Initially it was believed that his mother, Delores Martes Jackson, who had divorced from Tito Jackson in 1993, drowned in a swimming pool, but the case was reopened, and her sons in 1995 filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against a man they accused of killing her. Three years later, the man was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

If the jury concludes AEG Live has liability in Jackson's death, then they must put a dollar figure on damages -- including the emotional toll on the children caused by the loss of their father.

The oldest child, 16-year-old Prince, testified Wednesday that sister Paris, 15, "was probably hit the hardest because she was my dad's princess."

Paris has been hospitalized since a suicide attempt earlier this month, although it is unclear whether jurors will know about it.

"The loss of my uncle has hit her at a different level and she's in a tough spot, but we're loving her and doing everything we can," T.J. Jackson testified Thursday

He said he was at a loss for words to describe what Paris is going through. "It's tough, you know, it's tough."

"She was daddy's girl," he said. "My uncle was her world. My uncle gave them more love and for it to be taken away, it's been very hard for Paris, and for all of them."

Blanket, who was 7 when his father died, "was always wrapped around his leg, very shy," T.J. Jackson said. "Wherever my uncle was, Blanket was a foot away, My uncle was everything to Blanket."

"Right now, I don't know if Blanket realizes what he lost," Prince said. "He was so young. He is still growing up just like I am and he doesn't have a father to guide him."

Prince said he has "a hard time sleeping" since his father's death in 2009. It left him "emotionally distant from a lot of people" for a while, he said.

He's missed sharing with his father "the first day of going to school, having the first girlfriend, being able to drive," Prince testified.

T.J. Jackson said Prince was Michael Jackson's "little assistant."

"He was very mature for his age, very smart. My uncle would prepare him for things" by telling him about his business deals.

"He's very strong, he's very smart," he testified. "He was always the smartest kid I'd ever known."

As a guardian, T.J. Jackson said he must constantly deal with paparazzi stalking the children for photographs.

"It's, just to be frank, a complete annoyance," he said. "It's awful."

He suggested there should be a new law to protect celebrity children from photographers.

"I know it's making everything harder for the kids to grieve and to recover and to progress," he said.

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Terriwith2arfs    

Ok - Yes, Murray shouldn't have given him ANYTHING like propofol - however - what the hell was Michael Jackson doing, slowly killing himself with 3 kids to look after? I don't feel sorry for him, he was a fool. I feel sorriest for those poor kids - what a life they've had so far. - yuck.

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heidi    

This man left a big mess behind! These kids will forever be screwed up with that whole biological mother/father crap! What a mess! A very selfish man to do something like that for his own needs because it's the one thing HE never had. It was always all about him. He never thought for one second how hurtful it would be to those kids not to ever know whose blood is in them. Very sad. The kids are the ones that pay, lose, suffer in the end. Also, why the hell did he bleach Princes hair at such a very young age?? Those chemicals are strong if not harmful to a child. And anyone who says that white hair isn't bleached doesn't know crap! On that do***entary years ago they showed the top of his head and that kid had 2 inch roots!!! Come on!!!

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