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Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Shown In 3D. 30-09-'11

The upcoming Michael Jackson tribute concert is to be broadcast live in 3D in cinemas across the U.K.

The spectacular Michael Forever show, featuring performances from stars including Cee Lo Green, Smokey Robinson, Black Eyed Peas, Christina Aguilera, and the Thriller hitmaker's sister La Toya, will take place in Cardiff, Wales on 8 October (11).

But fans unable to make it to the venue have been offered an alternative to catch all the action - organisers of the concert have announced the star-studded show will be beamed into 40 cinemas across Great Britain and Northern Ireland in eye-catching 3D.

It will also be broadcast at three picture houses in Spain.

Source: contactmusic / Billie Jean


Trial Testimony Update - Friday. 30-09-'11

On day 4 of the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, a Los Angeles County paramedic who responded to the delayed 911 call from Michael Jackson's home the day he died testified Friday that Jackson had "flatlined" and appeared dead when rescuers arrived.

Paramedic Richard Senneff testified that at no time during the 42 minutes he was with Jackson did he see any signs of life in him.

When Senneff asked Murray how long the patient had been down, the doctor responded "It just happened right when I called you," Senneff said. Yet earlier testimony indicated the emergency call was not placed for at least 15 minutes after Murray realized Jackson was not breathing.

Senneff said, "It meant to me that this was a patient we had a good chance of saving," since the paramedics arrived just five minutes after the 911 call.

Senneff testified however, that it "did not add up to me" because Jackson appeared dead.

"When I first moved the patient, his skin was very cool to the touch, his eyes were open, they were dry and his pupils were dilated," Senneff testified. "When I hooked up the EKG machine, it was flatlined."

At one point, Murray insisted he felt a pulse in Jackson's upper right leg, but paramedic's heart monitor showed no rhythm, Senneff said.

Senneff testified that Murray told paramedics he had only given Jackson a dose of lorazepam to help him sleep and that he was treating Jackson for dehydration and exhaustion, with no mention of the surgical anesthetic propofol.

The prosecution contends that one of the several acts that makes Murray criminally responsible for Jackson's death was the fact that he misled the paramedics by not telling them he had given his patient propofol before he stopped breathing.

In a recording played in court, a doctor communicating by radio with the paramedics recommended at 12:57 p.m. - half an hour after they arrived - that they cease efforts to revive Jackson and declare him dead. Their efforts however, continued.

The defense did appear to make one interesting point during cross-examination of Senneff. The paramedic said when he first walked into bedroom he saw Murray and a security guard moving Jackson off the bed and onto the floor.

That statement contradicts Thursday's testimony by Alberto Alvarez, who worked for Jackson. Alverez said he helped move Jackson from the bed while he was on the 911 phone call at least six minutes before the paramedics arrived.

The timing is important because it could call into question Alvarez's testimony about when Murray asked him to gather the vials of drugs around the bed and put them into a bag.

In other testimony, the device Murray used to monitor Jackson's pulse and blood oxygen level while he used propofol to put him to sleep was the focus of questions to the first witness Friday.

An executive with the company that made the Nonin 9500 pulse oxymeter said it was "designed for spot checking of vital signs" and was "specifically labeled against continuous monitoring."

The cheap device, which sells for $275, did not have an audio alarm, requiring someone to constantly keep an eye on the tiny screen, Robert Johnson testified. Murray would have been better equipped with his company's table top version that would cost $1,200, Johnson said.

Prosecutors argue Murray's lack of professional monitoring equipment was reckless and is one reason the doctor should be held criminally responsible for Jackson's death.

Also during proceedings today, the Judge Michael Pastor imposed a gag order preventing lawyers for Dr. Murray from talking to reporters about the case. His order came after he learned a law partner to lead defense attorney Ed Chernoff gave a TV interview to NBC's Ann Curry on Friday morning.

"The court wants to make it clear that the attorneys for the parties in this case are ordered not to comment to anyone outside of their respective teams, either directly or indirectly, on any aspects on this case," Pastor said at the end of Friday's morning session.

Pastor has previously admonished lawyers not to talk to reporters, but until now there has been no official gag order preventing it.

As of this posting, paramedic Martin Blount, who drove the ambulance, was on the witness stand and Judge Pastor had just called for the mid-afternoon break.

Source: MJFC / CNN.com / ontheredcarpetlivevideo / Billie Jean


Judge Blasts Lawyers After Court. 30-09-'11

Here's something that wasn't seen on camera during the coverage of the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray. After Judge Michael Pastor sent the jury home at the end of day three, he delivered a stinging lecture to the prosecution and defense teams.

Pastor chastised them for being late in the morning session, for comments in court "not appropriate" to the trial and for snippy remarks being made between each other.

By far, the defence team has been most guilty of creating the moments of chaos in court.

For example, in one incident, Murray's lawyer Ed Chernoff tried to position a giant notepad so he could hand-write a timeline for the jury, only to be made to abandon it a good 20 minutes later when it was apparent the jury couldn't see it at all.

He was also chided by a very annoyed Judge Pastor when he asked a question of a witness while the audio recording he was asking about was still playing - a basic courtroom faux pas.

Chernoff admits he is a novice when it comes to high-profile celebrity court cases but many watching the televised proceedings have also been baffled by his cross-examination technique of appearing to be building up to a 'killer' question only to then switch to another piece of evidence entirely.

Chernoff's inexperience with celebrity court cases would appear to bode well for the prosecution. But this trial is just beginning and as one lawyer watching the proceedings commented, "This is a month-long trial, it has not been won or lost for either side yet. There is [still] a long, long way to go."

Source: MJFC / citytalk.fm / Billie Jean


Beautiful Artwork As A Symbol Of Justice For Michael. 30-09-'11

The following artwork emerged on the internet and is a beautiful symbol of fans demanding justice for Michael. The blindfold represents objectivity, in that justice is or should be meted out objectively, impartiality, without fear or favor, regardless of identity, money, power, or weakness. This blindfold is also meant to represent Michael’s famous red armband.

The artwork has been created by My MJJ Tribute and will serve as a symbol on LMJ’s website until the end of the Conrad Murray trial.
Check out the MyMJJTribute website for more artwork: mymjjtribute.tumblr.com

Source: MyMJJTribute / Billie Jean


Trial Testimony Update - Thursday. 29-09-'11

In day 3 of the Conrad Murray manslaughter trial, the man who finally called 911 to the house the day Michael Jackson died testified that Murray told him to gather up drug vials around Jackson's bed before asking him to place the emergency call.

Alberto Alvarez, who served as Jackson's logistics director, showed the packed courtroom how he saw an empty vial of propofol inside a torn IV bag that was hanging on a stand and attached by a tube to Jackson's leg.

Alvarez testified that when he first rushed into the bedroom, the doctor asked him to help put drug vials into bags.

"He reached over and grabbed a handful of vials and he asked me to put them in a bag," Alvarez testified.

The prosecution contends Murray was attempting to conceal evidence of his criminal responsibility for Jackson's death, even before asking that someone call for an ambulance.

Alverarez testified that Jackson's two oldest children, Prince and Paris watched the whole horrifying scene play out, describing how they walked into the room toward their father who was lying still on the bed with his eyes and mouth open, facing toward them.

"Paris screamed out 'Daddy!' and she started crying," Alvarez said.

"Dr. Conrad Murray said 'Don't let them see their dad like this,'" Alvarez testified. "I turned to the children and I told them 'Kids, don't worry, everything's going to be OK.'"

Alverez says that he then ushered them out of the room.

After helping Murray place the vials in bags, the doctor asked him to call 911. The recording of the call was played in court Thursday.

"He's pumping his chest, but he's not responding to anything," Alvarez told the emergency dispatcher.

Dr. Murray appeared not to know proper CPR techniques and attempted chest compressions with one hand and on the bed instead of on the floor, as recommended by practitioners. Alvarez said Murray asked if anyone knew CPR. He then helped Murray place Jackson on the floor as the 911 operator instructed them to. He then took over chest compressions while Murray began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on Jackson.

Alverez said Murray attached a pulse oximeter to Jackson's finger before they lifted him to the floor.

"After a few breaths, he [Murray] said 'This is the first time I do mouth-to-mouth, but I have to because he's my friend,'" Alvarez said.

Alvarez appeared to grow emotional when he testified that he has been offered up to $500,000 for interviews about Jackson's death but he has turned all offers down, despite financial problems and the lack of steady employment since Jackson's death.

As of this posting, Jackson's personal chef Kai Chase had just taken the witness stand.

Source: MJFC / CNN.com / ontheredcarpet.com/livevideo / Billie Jean


Katherine Jackson On Second Thought ... I Don't Want To Sell The House. 29-09-'11

Katherine Jackson has had a change of heart, deciding she doesn't want to sell the Jackson family home after all.

During a court hearing yesterday, Howard Weitzman, the lawyer for the Michael Jackson Estate, announced they were withdrawing their petition to get the judge's approval to sell the Hayvenhurst estate in Encino.

Weitzman said they submitted the petition because Katherine expressed a desire to sell the property but has since had second thoughts.

The court did, however, approve a petition for Katherine to buy another house. Sources tell TMZ ... she wants to buy the home she's currently renting in Calabasas, where she can live with Michael's 3 kids.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Trial: Day 2 To Start With 'This Is It' Producer. 28-09-'11

On the second day of trial, a concert promoter and producer on Michael Jackson’s ill-fated "This Is It" tour will return to the stand Wednesday to testify about the singer’s last days and the doctor charged with causing his death.

Paul Gongaware, co-chief executive of AEG Live, testified Tuesday that he negotiated the terms when Dr. Conrad Murray was hired to be Jackson’s personal physician during his London tour.

Jackson insisted on having his doctor of choice -- Murray -- and, gesturing to himself, said: "This is the machine, you have to take care of the machine," Gongaware testified.

When he called Murray about the job, Gongaware recalled, Murray asked for a $5-million-a-year salary, saying he would need to close four clinics and lay off employees. "I told him there was no way that was going to happen," he said.

Murray later took the job for at $150,000 per month.

Jackson was "totally engaged" in the production of the tour, initially saying he wanted to do 31 shows to top Prince’s 21 at London’s O2 arena, Gongaware said.

"He was very enthusiastic about this whole tour," Gongaware testified Tuesday.

Source: latimesblogs / Billie Jean


Trial Testimony Update For Wednesday. 28-09-'11

The attorney responsible for drawing up the contract for Dr. Conrad Murray to be Michael Jackson's personal tour doctor testified Wednesday she was puzzled by Murray’s requests for a CPR machine and money for a second physician as part of his contract to care for Jackson.

Kathy Jorrie, a lawyer for concert promoter AEG Live, testified that while drawing up Murray's contract for the concerts at O2 arena, the doctor requested that a CPR machine be provided. This caused Jorrie to question Murray about why such a machine might be needed. Murray told her that, due to Jackson's age and his strenuous performances, it was only a precaution.

"Dr. Murray repeatedly told me that [Michael Jackson is] in excellent condition," Jorrie testified.

Murray also told her the second doctor was just in case Murray himself were tired or unavailable there would still be someone there to see to Jackson's needs.

When Jorrie asked for Murray’s help in collecting Jackson's medical records from the last five years for insurance purposes, Murray told her he had been Jackson's personal physician for three years, but the volume of records would be “very tiny” because of how stellar his health was, Jorrie testified.

Upon cross examination by the defense, attorney Michael Flanagan asked Jorrie if she had ever spoken to Murray about “nighttime services” Jackson would need.

“Not a hint,” Jorrie responded.

In other testimony Wednesday, Jackson's personal assistant, Michael Williams testified about the chaos that ensued on the day of June 25, 2009.

According to Williams, he missed Murray's call at approximately 12:13 p.m. because he was in the shower, but heard the message when he got out of the shower minutes later.

"It was Dr. Murray; I can't quote it exactly, but it was, "Call me right away, call me right away, thank you," Williams testified.

When he called back, at approximately 12:15, Williams said Murray told him, "Get here right away; Mr. Jackson had a bad reaction."

According to Williams, at no point during the message or during the subsequent phone call did Murray ask him to call 911.

He characterized Murray's demeanor while Jackson was finally being loaded into the ambulance as "frantic. I knew it was serious when I saw him."

Williams went on to testify that Murray attempted to gain re-entry into Jackson's rented home after he was pronounced dead at the hospital, supposedly to retrieve some ointment that Jackson would have been embarrassed for the world to know about.

"We were making small talk about how horrible this is," Williams said. "[Murray] said, 'There's some cream in Michael's room or house that he wouldn't want the world to know about it, and he requested that I or someone else drive him back to the house so he could get the cream."

Williams testified that, he found the request so odd that he lied to Murray, telling him the police had taken his car keys. He even told a security guard of his plans to deceive Murray to avoid taking him back to the home. He then called security personnel at the home and instructed them not to allow anyone into the house, "just for the simple fact that Dr. Murray asked to go back," Williams testified.

According to Williams, Murray then said that he was hungry and wanted to get something to eat, still hinting at possibly getting a ride, but was again denied.

Source: MJFC / latimes.com / reuters / Billie Jean


Jermaine Jackson Statement “Michael Did Not Kill Michael”. 28-09-'11

The following statement was publihed by Jermaine Jackson on September 27, 2011:

“Today has been very distressing for all of us, and I’d like to thank you for your prayers at this horrible time. I would also like to remind some in the media that the voice recording of Michael does not show/prove he was “an addict” — and this leap to agree with the defense is unfair and inaccurate.

The prosecution said my brother “was under the influence of UNKNOWN agents” at the time of that recording by Murray. That some people, Jane Valez Mitchell HLN and Ted Rwlands CNN, make statements saying this shows my brother to be “a drug addict” is not what was said in court re that recording.

Events are upsetting enough without correspondents adding their own interpretation (or back-dating events to 1993). No-one can rule out the prospect that Michael was groggy because of something administered to make him relax/sleep. That does noke him an addict. I would also add that Murray was by his side “observing” as well as recording so it can have nothing to do with drug depdency because Murras case is that he was unaware of any drug dependency. One more reason why “addict” is a leap to assumption in these circumstances. Some networks need to make this distinction clear and correct this imbalance.

Source: Jermaine Jackson, media, Murray trial / Billie Jean


Michael’s Last Message To The World. 28-09-'11

The prosecution in the Michael Jackson Trial played for the first time, Michael Jackson’s last recorded message.

A heart felt moment of pure love for his fans and the children of the world.

We have to be phenomenal. When people leave this show, when people leave my show, I want them to say, “I’ve never seen nothing like this in my life. Go. Go. I’ve never seen nothing like this. Go. It’s amazing. He’s the greatest entertainer in the world. I’m taking that money, a million children, children’s hospital, the biggest in the world, the Michael Jackson’s Children’s hospital.

Michael Jackson 2009

Source: Billie Jean


Murray Trial: Testimony Summary Day 1: 27-09-'11

September 27, 2011 (Courtesy of ABC News): The first witness called by the prosecution in today’s proceedings was “This Is It” tour director, Kenny Ortega. Ortega said that on June 19, 2009, less than a week before Michael Jackson was found dead in his rented home, he arrived at rehearsal unwell. “My friend wasn’t right,” Ortega said of Jackson. “There was something going on that was deeply troubling me.” Ortega said that Jackson appeared lost and incoherent. He rubbed Jackson’s chilled feet and fed him food when it was clear he hadn’t eaten.

Ortega was so disturbed by Jackson’s state that he sent an email to Randy Phillips of AEG Live, the concert promoter, saying that “real emotional stuff” was going on and that “everything in me says that Jackson should be psychologically evaluated.”

“There is no one taking responsibility, caring for him on a daily basis…today I was feeding him, wrapping him in blankets…and calling his doctor,” Ortega wrote.

He later wrote, “Finally, it’s important for everyone to know, I believe that he really wants this. It would shatter him, break his heart if we pulled the plug. He’s terribly frightened it’s all going to go away.”

Ortega went on to testify that on June 20, 2009, an emergency meeting was called at Jackson’s home that included Ortega, Murray and Jackson. Murray became angry over Ortega’s worries about Jackson’s health.

“He said I should stop trying to be an amateur doctor and psychologist and be the director and allow Michael’s health to him,” Ortega said of the encounter.

Source: AEG Live, court, Kenny Ortega, Murray trial / Billie Jean


‘Earth Song’ Revealed As Michael’s Last Performance. 27-09-'11

Kenny Ortega, the first witness called by the prosecution in the Dr. Murray Trial, said that on June 19, 2009, less than a week before Jackson was found dead from a drug overdose, Jackson arrived at rehearsal unwell.

“My friend wasn’t right,” Ortega said of Jackson. “There was something going on that was deeply troubling me.”

Michael was preparing for a grueling 50-city comeback tour at the time of his death on June 25, 2009. The tour was his first in over a decade and was of great personal importance. It would be the first time that Jackson’s three children would see him perform, Walgren said.

Whilst on the stand Kenny Ortega revealed ‘Earth Song’ was in fact the last performance by the King Of Pop @ the This Is It tour rehearsals.

Source: ABC / Billie Jean


Lou Ferrigno - Michael Seemed Fine To Me. 27-09-'11

Lou Ferrigno -- Michael Jackson's friend and fitness guru for decades -- tells TMZ MJ showed no signs of physical distress during workouts, as recently as 2 weeks before the singer died.

Lou's account differs from some of the statements in court -- that Michael was deteriorating in the weeks before his death.

Lou says two weeks before Jackson died, he went to MJ's home and trained him for an hour. Michael did cardio on the treadmill, used the exercise ball, worked with some light weights, completed a bunch of core exercises, and did a lot of stretching.

Lou says Michael's energy level was very good, but he did complain that he was upset because he was having trouble sleeping.

Lou says he had been training Michael 2 to 3 times a week for the tour ... and aside from seeming "very stressed out," he appeared in good health.

And this is eerie ... Lou says as he left Michael's house the last time -- two weeks before MJ's death -- Jackson said, "Take care of yourself." Lou said, "I'm going to see you next week." Michael just repeated, "Take care of yourself." Lou feels Michael knew something bad was about to happen.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Warning: Prosecution Shocking & Graphic Opening Statement. 27-09-'11

The highly anticipated trial into the death of Michael Jackson opened with an extraordinary moment this afternoon as the prosecutor started his opening remarks by displaying a photo of the singer’s dead body.

As Dr Conrad Murray appeared before the jury charged with involuntary manslaughter over Jackson’s death more than two years ago, deputy district attorney David Walgren displayed the picture that appeared to show tape or tubing over Jackson’s face.

‘Michael Jackson’s death was a homicide,’ Los Angeles deputy district attorney David Walgren said.

‘The evidence will show that Michael Jackson literally put his life in the hands of Conrad Murray… Michael Jackson trusted his life to the medical skills of Conrad Murray.

Mr Walgren insisted that the evidence will show that the ‘acts and omissions of Michael Jackson’s personal doctor Conrad Murray directly led to his premature death at the age of 50.’

Murray ‘repeatedly acted with gross negilience, repeatedly denied appropriate care to his patient Michael Jackson and that is was Dr Murray’s repeated incompetent and unskilled acts that led to Michael Jackson’s death on June 25 2009,’ Mr Walgren said.

The prosecutor played disturbing audio recorded on Dr Murray’s iPhone of Jackson apparently under the influence of propofol a month before his death.

On the tape, Jackson sounded slurred and confused as he mumbled: ‘We have to be phenomenal… When people leave this show, when people leave my show, I want them to say, “I’ve never seen nothing like this in my life. Go. Go.”‘

Source: Daily Mail / Billie Jean


Liza Minnelli On MJ's Love Life. 27-09-'11

The incomprable Liza Minnelli recently gave a wonderful interview to the Daily Mail during which she talks about how she remembers her famous mom, Judy Garland, and her memories of her friends Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson, among other things.

She refuses to give her opinion on the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray but she is quick to talk about the Michael she knew. An excerpt of her interview follows below:

"There’s not a day when I don’t think of Michael. He was a supremely gifted human being but he didn’t survive, in my opinion, because he’d never been taught the rules of the game. He and his brothers and sisters were forced to rehearse round the clock while other kids were playing basketball.

Michael’s life was precisely the one dictated by his father. The family’s religion means the children weren’t even meant to be in show business. But, when they started making money for their father, that was it. Michael was used and abused almost from the time he was born.

Eventually, he distanced himself from his family, created this wonderful place — Neverland — for kids and supported different families. Then, one day, the father in one of those families called up Michael and said, 'Unless you give me $30,000, I’m going to tell everyone you made a pass at my son.' And that’s when Michael called me.

When he’d finished his story, I remember pausing and then saying, 'Michael, maybe you should tell your lawyer about this.' He said, 'But it’s insane.' So I repeated my advice. 'It’s blackmail, though,' he said. 'It is,' I replied, 'and that’s why you need to involve your lawyer.' But he wouldn’t.

What everyone forgets is that, when kids stayed at Neverland, their parents came, too. And they were treated grandly. But then other people jumped on the bandwagon.

I remember he was going with this girl and he was so in love with her. He came to show me the ring he’d bought for her. I asked him what he was going to say and he didn’t know. So I said, 'Let’s rehearse,' and that’s what we did.

But the girl turned him down. She said she wasn’t ready to commit right now. She told him to ask again in six months. And it all but killed him. He was heartbroken. I knew all his girlfriends including Lisa Marie who became his wife.

In the end, the scorn, the cruelty, the vicious meanness — these are the things that took his life. He was one of the best performers we’ve ever had. He changed everything. But he was only a king when he was on stage."

To read Liza's entire interview, please click here.

Source: MJFC / dailymail.co.uk / Billie Jean


MJ Slot Machine Coming To Vegas. 27-09-'11

The King of Pop will soon have a big pressence in Las Vegas as his classic hits will be heard in casinos all over town.

Slot machine manufacturer Bally Technologies will next week unveil a Michael Jackson-themed slot machine that the company hopes will be its next big hit. The machine debuted at the Global Gaming Expo, which began Monday at the Sands Expo.

The digital penny slot uses original Jackson songs and video to entertain players. Hit a certain combination on the reels and Jackson moonwalks across the screen to “Bad.” Use his iconic sequin glove to spin a wheel for prizes as “Smooth Criminal” plays in the background. Watch his dancing foot kick icons to transform them into wilds during a “Beat It” bonus round.

Sony and the Jackson Estate provided Bally the audio and video for the project. A professional musician-turned-Bally engineer remixed them for the game in a sound studio at the company’s headquarters.

Six songs — “Billie Jean,” “Dirty Diana,” “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Beat It” and “Bad” — are used in the game’s first generation, and a second version with two additional songs is planned for the future.

“Michael Jackson appeals internationally,” Director of Development David Schultz said. “He was such an incredible performer. He changed popular music as we know it. Imagine walking by as a gold Michael Jackson statue erupts in flames while music blares," Schultz said. “People just can’t help but stop.”

Bally executives call it coincidence, but the timing of the game’s debut couldn’t be better. Las Vegas will be awash in all things Jackson as the slot is rolled out.

Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour” opens Dec. 3 at Mandalay Bay . It runs in tandem with the first-ever officially authorized Michael Jackson Fan Fest where people can view Jackson memorabilia and take pictures in re-created video sets. And Madame Tussauds at the Venetian will run a Jackson exhibit Sept. 8 to Dec. 27 with three wax figures from various stages of his career.

Source: MJFC / vegasinc.com / Billie Jean


Kenny Ortega To Be Called As First Witness. 27-09-'11

Attorneys for both sides are scheduled to begin opening arguments on Tuesday before a jury of seven men and five women. Murray faces a maximum of four years in prison if convicted.

The first witness is expected to be called Monday afternoon. That witness is Kenny Ortega, the director of the “This Is It” tour and someone who spent time with Jackson in the days and weeks leading up to his death.

Source: reuters / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Kids Prince & Paris Want To Testify In Manslaughter Trial. 26-09-'11

Michael Jackson's two eldest children, Prince Michael and Paris, have told their grandmother Katherine they want to testify in the manslaughter trial of the doctor accused of killing the pop superstar with an overdose of a powerful anesthetic, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.

A Jackson family insider said: "Katherine is resisting the move, because she knows how traumatic it would be for them, but both Prince Michael and Paris have said they want to tell the jury what they saw on the day their father died."

RadarOnline.com has learned the King of Pop's sister LaToya has privately declared her support of the children's stance to take the witness stand against Dr. Conrad Murray.

Source: radaronline / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Saw Salvation 'Every Night' In Dangerous Drug. 26-09-'11

Michael Jackson saw salvation in a dangerous drug that he had nicknamed ‘milk’ and took it every night at bedtime until June 25, 2009, when it became his death potion.

The anesthetic known as Propofol apparently helped him beat his nightly battle with insomnia after a day of gruelling rehearsals for his marathon 50-night comeback tour, reports the Daily Mail.

How he overdosed in his mansion on a drug intended for hospital use is at the centre of the manslaughter trial this week of the doctor he hired - six weeks before he died - to be his highly paid personal physician for the ‘This Is It’ tour.

Testimony about the drug is expected to dominate the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, a Houston cardiologist who has pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in Los Angeles Superior Court. The trial begins this Tuesday.

The prosecution claims Murray was grossly negligent in giving Jackson Propofol at home without proper lifesaving equipment available and then left the room long enough to find his patient not breathing when he returned.

His defence team claims the singer, desperate for sleep, swallowed an additional dose of the drug when his doctor was out of the room.

The defense theory is based on evidence that a trace amount of Propofol - .13 milligrams - was found in Jackson’s stomach.

Murray’s actions after he found Jackson not breathing are also central to the case.

An autopsy report showed that Jackson was generally healthy, indicating his key problem was insomnia.

Source: newkerala / Billie Jean


Like Father Like Son, Prince Shines In Germany. 24-09-'11

Prince Michael Jackson appears relaxed in this exclusive interview in Germany, dressing like his father. The films were made on September, 23th in Berlin. The Event was the charity gala “Tribute To Bambi” 2011.

Sporting an outfit that would have made his father proud, Prince Jackson - wearing a black suit, red shirt and red armband - took center stage at the Tribute to Bambi charity event in Berlin on Friday night.

Michael Jackson's eldest son presented three handwritten manuscripts for three of his dad's biggest hits: "Bad," "Billie Jean," and "Smooth Criminal," which are now up for auction for a good cause.

Speaking to the crowd of 800 people, the poised 14 year old said, "With everything I do, I try to build on what my father did. I also try to help and change things – just like he did."

Bidding in the auction continues until Nov. 10 at United Charity. Four hours after the auction began, the manuscript for "Bad" was already at $20,400. Proceeds will go toward charities benefiting disadvantaged children.

Prince Michael is "an incredibly polite, well-raised young man," a spectator told PEOPLE. "I think we can expect to hear more from him."

At the end of the evening, a choir of 30 children sang his father's hit song, "We Are the World," moving many in the audience to tears.

After his moment in the spotlight, Prince proved that he is just a regular kid, despite his famous father. "I wish I could stay longer to see the sights," he told reporters. "But I have to get back for school."

 

Source: MJFC / YouTube / Billie Jean


Jermaine – Trial Will Not Bring Michael Back. 24-09-'11

Jermaine Jackson talks about his new book about life with his late brother and looks ahead to the start of Dr. Conrad Murray’s wrongful death trial.

 

Source: YouTube / Billie Jean


Trial Set To Begin Tuesday. 24-09-'11

Prosecutors in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray want jurors to hear testimony about investigators' failed attempts to question the doctor in the weeks after Michael Jackson's death.

Prosecutors say both the LAPD and the L.A. County Coroner's office tried on 4 separate occasions - from June 30, 2009 to July 21, 2009 - to contact Murray but to no avail. They believe Murray's refusal to cooperate shows a consciousness of guilt and they want the jury to know about it.

A prosecution filing detailed email and phone mail attempts by the county coroner and a police detective to request meetings with Murray after his first interview.

Defense lawyers have asked the judge to block the testimony, arguing it "would create substantial danger of undue prejudice, undue waste of time, confuse the issues, or mislead the jury."

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor may consider the issue at a hearing Monday morning, the day before opening statements begin in Murray's trial.

The defense argued that "there is no indication whatsoever that Dr. Murray acted evasively."

Twelve jurors and five alternates will report to court Tuesday morning to hear opening statements in the case against Murray. The jury consists of seven men and five women, six who are white, five who listed their ethnicity as Mexican or hispanic and one who identified himself as African-American.

The court released copies of their answers late Friday, giving a glimpse at the 12 Los Angeles County residents who will decide Murray's fate.

Three of the women said they followed the Casey Anthony trial over the summer. One juror, a retired cartoon animator, said he once met Michael Jackson. Several jurors described themselves as Michael Jackson fans and two have seen "This Is It," the documentary of Jackson's final rehearsals just before his death.

The jury will see clips from "This Is It," next week as the prosecution is expected to show them during the first day of the trial Tuesday.

Source: MJFC / CNN.com / Billie Jean


Jury Selected In Conrad Murray Case. 23-09-'11

Lawyers have finalized a jury to hear evidence against Michael Jackson's personal physician.

The panel seated Friday afternoon in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray includes one man who had a brief encounter with Jackson three decades ago. The juror said he was introduced to the singer in the early 1980s while they both were working on the Disney lot.

Another panelist said she followed another recent high-profile case, the Casey Anthony murder trial in Florida. She said she watched "bits and pieces."

"It was on a lot. It was kind of hard not to see it," she said.

The Los Angeles County Superior Court plans to release additional details about jurors later.

Opening statements are expected Tuesday. Murray, 58, faces a maximum of four years in prison if he is convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's 2009 fatal overdose.

Source: latimesblogs / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Son To Make First Official Public Appearance. 23-09-'11

Michael Jackson's eldest son will make his first official public appearance in November.

Prince Michael Jackson, 14, will attend a charity auction in Berlin for the Tribute to Bambi foundation, which helps fund German children in need.

The auction will include a handwritten composition of Michael Jackson's 'Bad'.

"Prince Michael Jackson will walk the red carpet and present the manuscript on stage surrounded by children," a spokesperson for Prince Michael told People.

The teenager will arrive at the auction without any family members, according to a source close to the event.

"He won't be travelling alone, but he won't have any family members with him," they revealed.

Michael Jackson had attended the charity's auction in previous years. In the past, the event has sold the late singer's glittery jacket and an autographed guitar.

Source: digitalspy / Billie Jean


Miss Castaway Re-released. 22-09-'11

Chairman & CEO of Valcom Vince Vellardita announced today that ValCom that it will be releasing the Michael film, MJ and The Island Girls on Friday, November 25th on TV and on a special collector’s edition DVD. The film was previously titled ‘Miss Castaway and The Island Girls.’

‘MJ and the Island Girls’ will premiere on over two-hundred and seventy television stations across the country through multiple television networks including My Family TV (www.myfamilytv.tv), Retro TV (www.myretrotv.com), and Tuff TV (www.tufftv.com) as part of ValCom’s Thanksgiving Family Delight on Thanksgiving weekend.

Michael plays the role of Agent MJ. His scenes were shot at his Neverland Ranch home and at ValCom’s old Valencia Studios.

The DVD includes twenty minutes of unreleased Michael footage.

ValCom is releasing ten thousand sets of a limited edition DVD of the film. Each DVD will feature a special label and packaging with limited edition numbering. The cost of the limited edition DVD will be $24.95.

Source: marketwatch.com / Billie Jean


MJ Fans Shut Up Or Beat It! 22-09-'11

Some Michael Jackson fans who want to see their brand of justice meted out against Dr. Conrad Murray just got a stern warning from the judge's staff -- they'll be thrown out of court if they don't shape up.

Dr. Murray was in court today on some pretrial matters. At one point the lawyers and Judge Michael Pastor went into chambers for a chit chat. While they were gone, some MJ fans were staring Murray down and giving him dirty looks.

Murray then complained to the bailiff, who walked over to the fans and made it clear -- if they do it again they'll be thrown out of the courtroom.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Jury Should See Michael Jackson Video Detailing Final Tour. 21-09-'11

Attorneys representing Dr. Conrad Murray want the jury to see the video of Michael Jackson announcing his "This Is It" tour in London months before his death from a drug overdose.

In a motion filed Tuesday, attorneys for Murray -- charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death -- wrote that at the March 5, 2009, press conference, Jackson announced there would only be 10 shows and "that it was the 'final curtain call.' "They said the video is material to the case because it "allows jurors to see Mr. Jackson's mental and physical condition back in March 2009."

The defense team said this will corroborate testimony of Karen Faye, Jackson's make-up artist, who is expected to testify at Murray's upcoming trial that the singer was "furious" when the number of concerts was increased to 50, and that he expressed concern about physically performing for so many shows.

Prosecutors have argued that she should not be permitted to testify, claiming that her knowledge was based on hearsay.

Lawyers on both sides of the case are due in court Wednesday to discuss potential jurors.

Opening statements in Murray's trial, which will be televised, are scheduled for September 27. The trial is expected to last about a month.

If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Murray could face up to four years in prison.

Source: CNN / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson: Lifesaver. 21-09-'11

Michael Jackson's ability to deeply feel the pain others were going through was well known. Now, his former brother-in-law reveals that Michael once used this incredible gift of empathy to save his life.

In an interview that will air on Wednesday on "Lifechangers," Dr. Drew Pinsky's new talk show, James DeBarge - who was briefly married to Janet Jackson in the mid-1980's - spoke of the incident.

"One time I was on the roof of his house. I was going to jump and everyone was losing it."

James went on do describe how Janet, LaToya and their mother Katherine were all gathered, very upset. But Michael kept a calm head.

"How did he stop you," Pinsky asked.

"He was the only one not freaking out!" James said. "He seemed to be familiar with my pain... He knew I needed someone to talk to, so he was that ear. So we just talked all night... and I forgot that I was even on the roof and that I was going to jump."

James was a member of the Motown singing group DeBarge along with his siblings, brothers El, Mark, and Randy and sister Bunny. The group found immediate success, much like the Jackson 5, but they proved to have much less staying power.

Source: MJFC / eonline.com / Billie Jean


Jermaine Jackson Explains His Criticism Against ‘Michael Forever’. 20-09-'11

Michael’s brother Jermaine has explained his criticism of the Michael Forever Tribute Concert. In an interview with BBC Radio he says that “during the time that the world needs to know what happened to Michael, two years later… It's good to celebrate. It’s good to keep the legacy alive but everything has it’s time. I think the world, we’re all focused on getting justice for Michael. The best tribute we can give for him is getting justice and making sure we get the answers as a family as to what happened. We still wanna to know. There are questions in our minds as well as the public’s. I think it is bad timing because it is two weeks until the trial and the most horable things are going to be said. I’m so happy that I’ve documented the truth.”

He added “I want to set the record straight!”

 

Source: BBC Radio / Billie Jean

Partly MJ Estate Owned Sony/ATV Signs Strategic Alliance For India. 20-09-'11

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Llc, the music publishing firm formed by Sony Music Global and the estate of Michael Jackson, is entering India by signing an exclusive strategic alliance with Sony Music Entertainment India Pvt. Ltd. Sony/ATV represents an array of artists, while Sony Music India is well-entrenched in different genres of Indian Music.

Apart from facilitating the global firm’s India entry, the tie-up will also help it manage Sony Music India’s publishing works in overseas markets. Sony Music India, on its part, will market and manage Sony/ATV’s publishing works across four countries; India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. This will be done a joint venture company under the brand name Sony/ATV Music Publishing India.

Confirming the development, Guy Henderson, senior vice-president (international) for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, said the company administers over 750,000 copyrights worldwide and has 32 offices in 23 countries. India could be one of the top 10 markets (for the group) within the next three to four years.

Since the estate of Michael Jackson owns 50 % of Sony/ATV Music Publishing this is yet another profitable undertake for the estate.

Source: LMJ, Livemint.com / Billie Jean

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