Katherine Jackson is irate that AEG is asking her to pay more than $1.2 million in costs associated with the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial ... claiming many of the so-called "expenses" are bogus.
AEG -- which won the case -- is asking the judge to sock Katherine with court costs. But according to new docs, obtained by TMZ, Katherine is blanching at a bunch of them, including:
-- $540,000 in models and blow-up court exhibits
-- $20,000 for 1,000 pages of jury instruction paper and other stuff
-- $53,000 for process servers
-- $118,000 unnecessary depositions
Katherine is even grousing about the $9 parking fees tacked on for court reporters to show up for the trial.
A judge hasn't decided what, if anything, Katherine will have to shell out.
Michael Jackson Documentary
12/18/2013 11:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson's mom SAYS she's doing a heartfelt documentary about her son's life ... but the reality is ... it seems to be a shameful money grab.
Katherine Jackson has announced she wants to do the documentary, but needs the fans to send her money to pay for the licensing of Michael's image and music. Translation -- she's insinuating the big bad Michael Jackson Estate is being coldhearted and greedy by charging Michael's family.
Here's the reality ... Howard Weitzman, the lawyer for the Estate, tells TMZ NO ONE from the Jackson family has contacted him or anyone else from the Estate asking for permission to use MJ's image and music. Weitzman wants to make it clear ... "The Estate would never ask Michael's fans to contribute their money to finance any speculative project."
Katherine is using a website to solicit donations and is offering MJ merchandise as bait. FYI, the license for merchandising is held by Bravado, so Katherine can't do that without permission.
If Katherine makes the documentary, the people it will likely hurt are Michael's kids. That's because THEY are the ultimate beneficiaries of the Estate, and if the Estate does an MJ documentary in the future (which is almost certain), it will probably be devalued by anything Katherine does.
And it still gets worse ... Katherine and company have enlisted the help of Blanket, Paris and Prince to solicit funds from fans. It's pretty clear -- they don't understand the implications of helping her out.
So the bottom line -- if the Estate doesn't give permission to use MJ's music and image, the documentary won't get made. So what happens to the money the fans contribute? Well Katherine is using a website to solicit donations that allows her to keep all funds even if the project isn't made. So guess who ends up with the loot?
So we gotta ask ...
La Toya Jackson
I'm NOT Married!
12/16/2013 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
La Toya Jackson could not be clearer -- she's still a single lady, despite reports to the contrary.
Stories surfaced earlier this month ... proclaiming she got hitched to longtime BFF/business partner Jeffre Phillips.
Both La Toya and Jeffre made it clear as they left Katsuya in Hollywood ... they did NOT tie the knot. It looks like they're going the route of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn -- sometimes that works better.
BTW ... La Toya is 57. Yeah, it kinda shocked us too.
The Jury Was Bamboozled
I Want a New Trial
12/13/2013 5:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Katherine Jackson has just formally asked for a new trial in the Michael Jackson wrongful death case, claiming the judge screwed up by not letting the jury consider that Conrad Murray acted like a nincompoop AFTER he was hired by AEG.
Katherine lost because the jury decided when AEG hired Murray, there was no reason to believe he was incompetent. The answer to that question ended the case. Katherine feels the judge should have allowed jurors to go further -- even if Murray seemed competent at the beginning, he proved reckless and irresponsible during the months leading up to Jackson's death, and AEG did nothing to stop it.
The documents formally asking for a new trial include statements from 4 jurors, who say they feel the verdict was wrong.
One juror says, "I feel so cheated ..." Another juror felt Katherine should have won, and complained the jury instructions made that impossible. And still another juror said, "This was a very unfair and upsetting way to end the case. There was no question in my mind that AEG Live was liable."
Katherine wants a second bite of the apple.
I Want Another Shot at AEG
12/3/2013 3:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Katherine Jackson wants a do-over in her fight against AEG -- TMZ has learned, she just filed docs asking for a new trial ... after the jury ruled in favor of the concert promoters back in October.
As we reported, AEG emerged victorious after Katherine sued the company for wrongful death, claiming AEG negligently hired Dr. Conrad Murray to care for Michael Jackson before his "This Is It" concert tour ... the same doctor who was ultimately convicted of killing the singer with a fatal dose of Propofol.
Katherine has now filed legal docs looking for a second chance to convince a jury AEG is to blame for MJ's death ... claiming she didn't get a fair shot the first time around.
Katherine lists a bunch of reasons for her claim in the docs ... including jury misconduct, new evidence, and general procedural errors.
A judge has yet to rule on Katherine's request ... but she's definitely facing an uphill battle.
Conrad Murray to MJ Estate
IT'S YOUR FAULT
I'm Blabbing About MJ's Penis
11/29/2013 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Conrad Murray is pointing the finger back at Michael Jackson's Estate -- after it threatened to sue over stories he told about holding MJ's penis -- claiming the Estate was the first to open the can of worms that is MJ's medical secrets.
As we reported, the MJ Estate is threatening to sue Murray for blabbing to the media about the singer's sordid medical details -- including a story about holding Michael's penis every night. The Estate is claiming Murray has been violating the doctor-patient privilege by running his mouth in public.
But sources close to Murray tell us, he's not scared ... because he believes once Katherine sued for wrongful death (and exposed a bunch of MJ's medical secrets at the trial) she compromised the doctor-patient privilege on her son's behalf.
Murray's team believes the information the Estate is trying to protect is, at least generally speaking, already out in the public ... exposed during the AEG wrongful death trial ... so he's not saying anything new.
Michael Jackson Estate
Rips Conrad Murray Over Penis-Holding Claims
You're a Shameful Coward
11/28/2013 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Michael Jackson Estate has had just about enough of Dr. Conrad Murray running his mouth -- talking about things like how he used to hold MJ's penis every night -- and now it's demanding he shut up once and for all ... or face a lawsuit.
MJ Estate lawyer Howard Weitzman fired off a cease and desist letter to Murray earlier this week, writing, "Your recent comments to the media about Mr. Jackson’s medical treatment and ultimate death shamefully violate the physician-patient privilege under California law."
He calls Murray a COWARD for attempting to use the media to defend himself ... instead of testifying in court during his manslaughter trial.
If Murray keeps talking, Weitzman says the Estate will file suit -- and will subsequently inform any medical board with which Murray attempts to obtain his medical license that he violates the doctor-patient privilege willy-nilly.
As we reported, Murray has been blabbing his big mouth all over the place ... telling reporters all sorts of sordid details about MJ, like how the singer couldn't hold in his pee while he was sleeping ... and how he held MJ's penis every night.
Doing Better BUT
Not Out of Woods By Long Shot
11/26/2013 11:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paris Jackson is doing better as she remains ensconced in a Utah boarding school ... but we're told she's riddled with so many problems she could be there "for years."
We've learned Paris had a family therapy session this morning with Debbie Rowe and Katherine Jackson. We're told Debbie and Katherine were on the phone, while Paris was with her therapist at the facility.
Sources say Paris may get a pass to come home for a few days in January, and Katherine is redoing Paris' room for the homecoming.
But the homecoming will be short-lived. Our sources say the boarding school will be home for a long time, very possibly "years."
Ignites War With Katherine Jackson
11/25/2013 9:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Katherine Jackson's lawyers think Conrad Murray is a coward who is trashing the man he killed for profit.
One of Katherine's lawyers tells TMZ, "Murray has refused to go under the OATH KNIFE and his attempt to exploit Michael are despicable and disgusting." Translation: He took the 5th because he's guilty as sin and now he's selling sordid stories about MJ to line his pockets.
Another lawyer sent Murray's attorney a scathing email, calling the doc "reprehensible."
But Murray's lawyer, Valerie Wass, quickly went on the counterattack, saying, "You and members of your client's family have been bad-mouthing my client for a long time. I don't blame him for talking, especially after ... you tried to portray him as an awful person."
What's unclear ... how Murray talking about holding MJ's penis clears up anything.
Murray Will Be Dead
I'll Buy the Bullet
11/25/2013 8:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Debbie Rowe is furious Conrad Murray trashed her in a new interview, and she tells TMZ ... she'll gladly buy a particularly lethal bullet to help end the doctor's life.
Rowe is "disgusted" by Murray's comment ... that he and Michael used to joke that neither would want to have sex with her.
Rowe fired back to TMZ, saying she believes within 18 months, "A Jackson fan will shoot him dead, and I'd buy the bullet." Rowe added, "I wouldn't shoot him but I'd buy the bullet ... a hollowpoint." FYI ... a hollowpoint bullet essentially eviscerates the target's insides.
And Rowe goes on, telling us, "If I had a dog as ugly as him [Murray] I'd shave its ass, make it walk backwards and put a wig on it." And, she says, "It takes 2 to f**k and there's not enough alcohol in the world."
Rowe, who raises horses on her ranch, says, "At least I can breed. he can't even write prescriptions anymore."
She's also indignant that Murray is claiming MJ took his own life by injecting himself with the fatal dose of Propofol while the Dr. was out of the room. She says, "It's so disgusting he's trashing the dead. The jury sure didn't buy his story."
MUM On Whether Michael Jackson
Was a Pedophile
11/25/2013 6:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Conrad Murray has been blabbing his big mouth all over the place, claiming Michael Jackson killed himself, he used to hold the singer's penis .... but he then clams up in a big way on the subject of pedophilia.
"60 Minutes" Australia interviewed the felonious doc about lots of things, but you gotta watch Murray as he's asked whether he thinks Michael was a pedophile.
The way it looks to us ... he might as well scream, "YES!" Sometimes body language is more revealing than words.
Dr. Conrad Murray
'I Held Michael's Penis Every Night'
11/24/2013 1:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dr. Conrad Murray says he and Michael Jackson were so tight, he would hold his penis for him.
In a bizarre, rambling interview with The Daily Mail, Murray says, "You want to know how close we were? I held his penis every night to fit a catheter because he was incontinent at night."
Murray went on to say, "He wore dark trousers all the time because after he went to the toilet he would drip for hours."
And there's this mystery ... Murray says, "Michael didn't know how to put a condom on, so I had to do it for him."
Murray also discloses some of the things TMZ revealed years ago -- that Murray believes Michael killed himself. Murray claims when he walked out of Michael's bedroom the day he died, "I believe he woke up, got hold of his own stash of Propofol and injected himself. He did it too quickly and went into cardiac arrest."
And, Murray suggests, MJ's kids have 3 different fathers, and Michael isn't one of them. Murray says, "Michael told me he never slept with Debbie Rowe."
And, Murray insists, Michael told him he had been sexually assaulted by one of his doctors while under sedation.
And this bizarre comment. Murray suggests Michael predicted he would die on Murray's watch. He says MJ once looked at him and said, "You know, for the rest of your life and my life our names will become inseparable." Murray says MJ smiled and said, "I am clairvoyant."
In Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Case
11/13/2013 10:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The fight over Michael Jackson's death is NOT over, because Katherine Jackson has just appealed one of the judge's major decisions in the case ... TMZ has learned.
As you know, the jury ruled AEG was NOT responsible for MJ's death, concluding the company was not wrong in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray. Earlier in the case, the judge dismissed two key players as defendants ... CEO Randy Phillips and Paul Gongaware, who was in charge of producing and promoting Jackson's "This Is It" concert tour.
Katherine and MJ's 3 kids sued for more than $40 billion, claiming the loss of Michael devastated their lives -- and now apparently believe the decision to dismiss Phillips and Gongaware torpedoed their case.
Katherine and co. are appealing the dismissal.
It's very difficult to overturn judge decisions in civil cases, but it can happen ... especially if the judge screwed up an important ruling.