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Michael and Brad SundbergIn The Studio With Michael Jackson Seminars With Brad Sundberg,
Smash Studios New York June 29th, 2013. 31-03-'13

Four studio albums. Countless sessions. Video mixes. Dance mixes. Three world tours. A ranch called “Neverland.” This was Brad Sundberg’s life and career for nearly 18 years, working closely with the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. This is your chance to hear of the music, the stories behind the music, and what it was like to be a part of Michael’s team. This is a one-of-a-kind music, photo and video-filled seminar.

Brad had the opportunity to work closely in the studio and at Neverland Valley Ranch with Michael Jackson. He was Michael’s technical director and one of the engineers on four studio albums including “Bad”, “Dangerous”, “HIStory”, and “Blood On The Dance Floor.” (Michael even gave Brad the nickname “Really, Really Brad”.) These mammoth projects (including production, tour-prep and countless remixes) took upwards of 16 months each. You will see and hear what it was like to be in the studio with Michael and the team of engineers and producers who created these songs, through a carefully crafted timeline of music, video and behind-the-scenes info. From “Captain EO” to “Man In The Mirror” to “Scream”, Brad was there, and you will hear about the production process.

Additionally, Michael tapped him to help in the early days of designing and building Neverland Valley Ranch, his incredible home. The ranch was filled with rides, music and surprises waiting to be discovered. He commissioned Brad to bring music to virtually ever corner. Michael would even give him specific play lists for certain areas of the ranch, to create just the right environment.

Brad is generous with his insights and knowledge, and there will be time for questions. If you are a fan of Michael’s music, or are curious about how those albums were recorded and the staggering amount of tapes, tracks and time invested, you will want to attend “In The Studio With Michael Jackson.”

Details: The event will be offered twice on June 29, 2013, at 11 AM and again at 5 PM. There are a limited number of VIP tickets available for the 11AM session which will include front-row seats and a catered dinner with Brad. This will include one of Michael’s favorite “studio meals” and give you extra time to ask questions and hear a bit more about their time working together.

Note that cell phones, video and audio recorders of any kind will not be permitted into the event, but may be checked at the door.

In the unlikley event that the seminar is cancelled, ticket price will be refunded.

Smash Studios New York 307 West 36th Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10018, USA

Click here for ticket information.

Source: In The Studio with Michael Jackson.ticketbud / Billie Jean


Michael's wax figure at Madame TussaudMichaeling In Sydney. 31-03-'13

While visiting Sydney last weekend to see and meet the Jacksons, it seemed that on this particular stay, everywhere I went, Michael was always close to hand in one way or another. From his music blaring in the cafes, shops and bars I visited or strolled past, to his T-shirt hanging on the front rack on display in the first store I entered, and I even spotted Michael Jackson Babushka dolls that stood proudly on a table in a nearby Babushka Doll shop at Harbourside.

However, one of the most memorable Michael encounters there, was his wax figure at the new Madame Tussauds in Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia. Though they still can’t seem to get Michael quite right, it was definitely one of the better wax replicas that I have seen of him, complete with a spare hat and ‘Smooth Criminal’ jacket for anyone that wanted to dress up for their photo and interact with him. It was hard not to go up and give him a big hug.

The other item that got my full attention was a framed cardigan that once belonged to Michael. It had been placed on the left hand side wall as you went up the stairs of the Hard Rock Cafe, once again in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. I’m sure you’ve all seen the cardigan before, so here are the details which were on the display;

“A hand knit, button front cardigan sweater gifted to Michael Jackson by an aboriginal family during his visit to Australia for his 1988 – 1989 Bad World Tour. Jackson subsequently wore the sweater during a photo shoot with photographer Sam Emerson.”

The Cardigan was one of the auction items from Julien’s ‘Legends’ Auction in 2010 a winning bid was placed for $11,875.00.

It was nice to see that it is now in a safe place and on display for all Aussie and visiting overseas fans to appreciate and enjoy. Coincidentally, it was given to Michael in Australia and has now ended up back in its place of origin.

Michael's Sweater

Source: Paula Katsikas / Billie Jean


Michael’s Effect On Eurovision 2013. 30-03-'13

The Eurovision Song Contest takes place this year in Amsterdam, (a city in which Michael performed,) and stage designer Ola Melzig has spoken in depth about the construction of the stage.

The detail that caught our attention was that she is using maple doors which were originally planned for Michael’s ‘This Is It’ concerts, which of course, so sadly, never happened.
Tait Technologies who will construct the stage have been doing this work since 1978. Everything being used are components which already exist.

Worth watching for fans just to see those doors!

Eurovision 2013 Sound Stage Design

Source: 12 Points.tv / Billie Jean


Tito and JackieTito & Jackie Talk About Michael. 30-03-'13

In celebration of The Immortal World Tour Michael's brothers Tito and Jackie gave an interview where they talked about Michael and the show. Tito said that all the siblings love the show:

‘It’s a great production. I’ve seen a few Cirque shows, and they’ve taken everything my brother stood for musically and put it into a Cirque-type production. It’s an overview of his musical history, from the early Motown days all the way up. I was very emotional the first time I saw it. It takes you back and it makes you sad because we were very close as brothers at that time. Michael would have loved it, he loved Cirque shows. I feel connected to him when I’m watching it. And I get the same feeling when I tour with the brothers.’

As well as the Cirque show, the brothers are on a world tour singing Jacksons songs without Michael, which does seem rather odd. Obviously it’s another financial opportunity. Tito (51) says sadly:

‘You certainly feel his absence. When we did those songs we’d be on stage and he would be running back and forth. Now there’s no running. But I feel he’s with us all and giving us support.’

Does he feel he can talk to him? ‘Yes.’

If Michael were here now, what would he ask him? ‘That’s a hard question.’ There’s a long silence, and the interviewers says she would ask him if he ever felt loved. What does he think? It’s as if the emotion of the question is a tennis ball that’s been flung in his face. ‘I don’t know if those would be the right words to choose. I can’t answer that for you.’

Much has been written about the family feuds – can he set the record straight?

‘We all love the Cirque show. We’ve all seen it together and everybody is OK. They call me Tito Tiptoe because I tiptoe out of situations, but I don’t have any information.’

He is at least talking to his brothers as he’s on the road performing with them.

‘When the brothers are on tour it’s the most fun. Always something to joke about, although there’s always something to cry about. Missing Michael is something you never, ever heal from. You just want to touch him. We have great memories of being kids.'

Does he have a keepsake from Michael?

'When he was exonerated from court [acquitted of sexual abuse charges in 2005] he gave me one of his Bentleys. He said, “It’s the one I drive and everyone who drives with me signs the ceiling.” There were signatures on the roof from Beyoncé and other celebrities. I don’t even drive it. It’s my pride and joy. Every time I sit in it I feel his presence.’ He shakes his head. ‘It’s painful. It’s changed me. I’m not as happy... Maybe this show keeps his being alive, not just his legacy.’

Has losing Michael brought the family closer together?

‘No matter what differences divide any family, it’s blood and love that will always glue it together. When you have a death in a family, you realise how precious and how valuable you are to each other.’

Jackie (61) is introverted, quieter than Tito. He looks through you; almost hunted. The Michael Jackson Cirque collaboration was partly his idea.

‘I was confident that if you put Michael Jackson and Cirque together it would be spectacular. And it is.

When Michael sang a cappella as a boy, you could see how much talent he had. He was the special one. He got into the recording studio, he just knew what to do, instinctively. I carry pieces of him with me. I have a diamond glove of his I use as a keychain. I carry it all the time.’

Jackie’s also enjoying touring with his brothers again.

‘We’re tearing it up, we’re having a great time.’ Long pause. ‘We miss Michael, though.’

Source: MJFC / Daily Mail / Billie Jean


Judith Hill‘Voice’ Frontrunner Judith Hill Talks Michael Jackson Past. 27-03-'13

When Judith Hill auditioned on "The Voice" Season 4's premiere this week, she wowed all four coaches and 13 million-plus viewers with her dynamite diva vocals. But this wasn't the first time that she'd performed for a massive TV audience: Back in 2009, Judith was hired to be Michael Jackson's duet partner for his This Is It London shows, and when those concerts were cancelled after Michael's shocking death, she sang "Heal The World" at his Staples Center memorial service, which was viewed by more than a billion people around the world. It was a performance to remember, for sure. But bizarrely, new "Voice" judge Usher, who also performed at the Jackson memorial and actually stood onstage behind Judith that day, didn't recognize her when she tried out for "The Voice"--not when he spun his chair around, and not even when she said her name.

Read here the whole article.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Deke RichardsMotown Songwriter/producer Deke Richards Dies. 26-03-'13

Deke Richards, a producer and songwriter who was part of the team responsible for Motown hits like "I Want You Back" and "Maybe Tomorrow," died Sunday at age 68, according to a press release from Universal Music. He had been battling esophageal cancer.

Richards was leader of "The Corporation," Motown's songwriting and producing team that was also made up of Berry Gordy, Alphonzo Mizell and Freddie Perren. The group wrote several hits for the Jackson 5, including "ABC" and "The Love You Save."

Richards co-wrote "Love Child" for Diana Ross & The Supremes, which went on to be a No. 1 hit.

Later in life, he worked on several projects, including the Jackson 5's "Come And Get It: The Rare Pearls," which was a 2012 release featuring rare and unreleased tracks by the group. His final project was mixing eight unreleased tracks by Martha Reeves & the Vandellas for the forthcoming box set "50th Anniversary: The Singles 1962-1972."

Source: CNN / Billie Jean


MTV Video Music Award (1984)MTV Video Music Award For 'Thriller' To Be Auctioned. 26-03-'13

The MTV Moonman Award for Michael Jackson's "Thriller" -- The Most Iconic MTV Award Ever Offered for Sale & From The First Ever MTV Video Music Awards Ceremony in 1984.
The "Moonman" award was issued in 1984 at the cable network's inaugural VMA's. The viewer's choice accolade was given out for the iconic "Thriller" music video.

"'Thriller' was Michael Jackson's music video masterpiece and any award from even the Beatles, Elvis, Madonna or the Rolling Stones isn't expected to match this piece at auction. It is the second most expensive Jackson item to be sold at auction after the $1.8 million 'Thriller' jacket," said Nate D. Sanders, whose memorabilia auction house is selling the award.

As of Monday, the item had received three bids of $10,000+, but according to Sanders, the award is expected to sell for well over $100,000. The auction ends April 2, according to the west LA-based auction company.

Go to natedsanders

Source: PR Web / Billie Jean


Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (25-03-1983)Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk 30 Years Old. 25-03-'13

It has been 30 years since the late Michael Jackson first moon-walked across a stage.

The groundbreaking moment came at the end of his performance of “Billie Jean” for the Motown 25th anniversary special, which aired on NBC March 25, 1983. Although he wasn’t the originator of the dance move — James Brown is among those who’d performed a variation — and Jackson’s moonwalk lasted only seconds, it captivated
Jackson’s electrifying performance, with his single sparkly glove and black sequined jacket, helped elevate him to another level.

Initially reluctant to appear on the special, Jackson only agreed to play his old Jackson 5 Motown hits with his brothers if he was allowed to perform “Billie Jean,” then the country’s No. 1 song, afterward.

His singular performance overshadowed not only the Jackson 5 performance but those by the reunited Diana Ross and the Supremes, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.

His album “Thriller,” which had been out for four months, went on to become the biggest selling of all time.

“Thirty years ago the greatest album ever made was released and it still stands the test of time,” Jackson biographer Stacy Brown told ABCNews.com in November, on the 30th anniversary of “Thriller.”

 

Source: ABC / You Tube / Billie Jean


Dr. Conrad MurrayConrad Murray Defends Lawyer As Appeal Nears. 24-03-'13

Conrad Murray defended his appellate lawyer from "a slew of disparaging remarks" just days before she files the appeal of Murray's involuntary manslaughter conviction in Michael Jackson's death.

CNN has obtained sections of that 300-page appeal, including the defense argument that the trial judge erred by not allowing the testimony of Dr. Arnold Klein, a dermatologist the defense contended addicted Jackson to Demerol in his last weeks. Murray's appeal, which will be filed Monday, also argues that prosecutors never proved Michael Jackson was hooked up to an IV drip of the drug that killed him. The defense theory was that Jackson had administered the fatal dosage himself while the doctor was away. The coroner ruled that Michael Jackson died from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol in combination with sedatives on June 25, 2009. Murray told investigators he used propofol to induce sleep because Michael Jackson was suffering from insomnia.

During a phone call to CNN Saturday from the Los Angeles County jail where he's been held since he was sentenced to four years in prison, Murray said he was "impelled to stand up for" attorney Valerie Wass, who has been involved in a personal dispute with Murray's trial lawyer Michael Flanagan. Flanagan was helping Wass, who wrote the appeal, until the two lawyers were involved in a jailhouse argument last January. Flanagan dropped Murray as a client after the incident, but the appeals court later ordered him to respond to requests from Wass for case files, which she said he had withheld. Murray, who witnessed the January incident between his attorneys, issued a strong statement of support for Wass in his call from jail.

"In recent weeks, I became keenly aware that a slew of disparaging remarks and personal information about my appellate attorney, Valerie Wass, were unjustly released to the media and the public. Because of this injustice, I am impelled to stand up for this woman, for whom I have the utmost respect and confidence." Wass completed work on the appeal even though "with the blink of an eye, all of her promised assistance vanished; they abandoned ship," Murray said. "Although she needed help, she did not quit, did not jump ship, nor did she succumb to pressure while others abdicated their responsibilities. She held steadfastly to her professional and moral conduct, which was bolstered by her amazing mettle of mind and spirit." Murray added that Wass "stood up for me amidst a most arduous and challenging series of obstacles, and whose loyalty remains indisputable. It is my belief that she took a personal hit for me, and I want to let her know that I'll forever be grateful."

Read the whole article.

Source: CNN / Billie Jean


MJ Fanvention 2013MJ Fanvention From August 29-31 In Chicago. 24-03-'13

The 2013 MJ Fanvention will be held from August 29-31 in Chicago! Did you know that this is The King of Pop’s 55th birthday? So, we have got to pull out all the stops for a celebration!

MJ Fanvention so far has another great and more extensive exhibit by the Chicago Blues Museum. More memorabilia, more photos and more unseen video presentations.

Along with great speakers that will reveal and share information about the life and talent of Michael Jackson.

More information to come...

 

Source: MJ Fanvention / Billie Jean


Untouchable Book CoverNew Book Reveals Michael Jackson’s Struggle In Irish Stay. 24-03-'13

POP icon Michael Jackson made a last attempt to kick his drug addiction while living in Ireland, a new book has revealed.

The late singer travelled here in 2006, shortly after his acquittal on child molestation charges in the US.

And new account of the King of Pop’s life — Untouchable by Randall Sullivan — tells how the singer shunned the heavy-duty painkillers he became reliant on while living on the Emerald Isle.

The book documents the final years of the Thriller legend — who was due to begin a new tour at the time of his death — including his six-month stay in Ireland from June 2006 when he lived in counties Cork, Westmeath and Wicklow.

Jackon sank into a drug-induced depression as the strain of the 2005 trial took it’s toll, but made every effort to sober up during his six-month stay here.

While at Grouse Lodge Jackson recorded an interview at the studios with American TV reporter Billy Bush for the show Access Hollywood.

He told the show: “Ireland has inspired me to make a great album. I have never given up on making music.”

Jackson’s Westmeath visit followed a period when he was based in Co Wicklow.

He shelled out a reported rent of €30,000 per week to stay at Luggala Castle for three months.

The seven-bedroom retreat came with private chefs, butlers and cleaners, and is set in a 1,500-acre country estate. Previous star guests included actors Mel Gibson and Orlando Bloom.

On several occasions, it was reported that Jackson wanted to move to Ireland permanently, and that he even spent time house-hunting in Co Cork.

According to Californian psychic Randa Starr, the pop superstar had always been interested in Ireland because he was fascinated by fairies and leprechauns.

There were even rumours that the singer wanted to build a leprechaun theme park here and twin it with his Neverland ranch in the United States.

Source: The Sun / Billie Jean


'Billie Jean' Shadow Puppet‘Billie Jean’ Shadow Puppet. 23-03-'13

Diet Wiegman‘s beautiful puppets take twisted metal and rubbish, and combine them to make something wholly new and impossible to imitate.

An example from 2008, uses a rotating platform to swing back and forth before settling on Michael’s famous ‘Billie Jean’ era pose.

Among his other amazing work is ‘David Deformed,’ which recreates Michael Angelo’s David, a portrayal of a Dutch landscape, and ‘Greedy consumption,’ a map of the world made from junk reflected on a shiny plate.

 

Source: Huffington Post. / Billie Jean


Christophe BoulméChristophe Boulmé Exhibits MJ Artwork In London. 23-03-'13

French photographer Christophe Boulmé became known to Michael Jackson fans worldwide through his beautiful artwork for the 'Black & White' fan magazine. His art also came to the attention of Michael and later on Christophe Boulmé became responsible for several cover illustrations including 'Stranger In Moscow' single cover, 'Ghosts' box set cover, and some of the images in the HIStory album booklet.

Part of Christophe Boulmé's artwork on Michael Jackson will be featured in the exhibition 'Making HIStory - a king through the lens'. The exhibition takes place on May 11 (10am to 8pm) and May 12 (11am to 4pm) at The Gallery on the Corner in London (155 Battersea Road, London SW8 4BU, UK) and will feature rare and famous Michael Jackson images and artworks. Over 20 amazing pictures of Michael Jackson taken by Christophe Boulmé throughout the years have been enlarged. You must purchase a ticket to enter the exhibition (£5.00 + £0.50 booking fee).

It is permitted to take pictures within the exhibition but not of the images alone. You will also be able to pose in front of any images of your choice. Additionally, Christophe Boulmé will be present, sign autographs for the fans and answer any questions.

Christophe Boulmé requested that all the reproductions of his work for the exhibition be auctioned for a charity of his choice. He has selected “Comic Relief” for this special event. The auction will take place on the May 12 after the gallery closed its doors (4pm).

MJ Artwork In London

For additional information, please click here.

http://www.chriboul.com/

Source: MJFC / Chriboul / King Of Shop / Billie Jean


Paris JacksonParis Questioned About Dad's Death. 23-03-'13

Paris Jackson, the 14-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson, has been questioned Thursday about her father's last days as part of her family's wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live.

The lawsuit contends that AEG Live is responsible for Michael Jackson's death because it hired and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray, who was administering the surgical anesthetic propofol to Michael each night for a month to induce sleep as he prepared for the 'This Is It' concerts organized by AEG Live.

Meanwhile Jackson lawyers told the judge in a court filing this week they were concerned that lawyers for AEG Live, were "behaving aggressively and erratically" in their questioning of the Jackson children.

AEG Live asked Los Angeles Superior Judge Yvette Palazuelos to also order Blanket Jackson to appear for a deposition, but his doctor warned it would be "medically detrimental" to the 10-year-old boy, according to the court filing. While Blanket, who was just 6 when his father died, will not be called as a witness in the trial, AEG Live has tried to force him to sit for a deposition: "Yet defendants still to this day say they may move to compel Blanket's deposition," the Jackson filing said.

Jackson lawyers also accused AEG Live lawyers of mistreating Prince (16) when he was deposed on a recent Saturday. They "behaved in a manner designed to agitate the boy, creating serious concern among his guardians and attorneys," their filing said. "Defense counsel asked the boy completely irrelevant and repetitive personal questions about whether he sends text messages, whether he send text messages from his phone, and whether he 'tweets,'" they said. "Defense counsel also asked the boy about every place he had ever lived, every teacher he had ever had and about his current efforts to start a career in addition to being a full-time student - none of which have anything to do with the case at hand." Prince "testified that he was intimately involved in his father's affairs," AEG Live lawyer Jessica Stebbins Bina said in an e-mail defending the questioning by her co-counsel Marvin Putnam. "My understanding is that the deposition proceeded with appropriate questioning, and that the questions were legitimate questions appropriate to a wrongful death suit," she said.

The Jackson lawyers also complained about the questioning of family matriarch Katherine Jackson, who is 82. AEG Live lawyers deposed her for nine hours over three days and are asking for a fourth chance, they said. The questioning could have been easily done in two or three hours, they told the judge.

Source: CNN / Billie Jean


MJ Memorabilia On Auction. 23-03-'13

Michael Jackson memorabilia will be part of a 'Music Icons' auction of Julien's Auctions during a one-day event to take place at Hard Rock Cafe New York (USA) in Time Square on May 18, 2013.

Items given to fans from The King of Pop, Michael Jackson including a signed pillow thrown from a Paris hotel window (Estimate: $2000-4000), a stage worn hat gifted to a fan backstage (Estimate: $4000-6000), and a signed “Beat It” style jacket given to a good Samaritan after a trip to Neverland (Estimate $8000-10,000) will be offered. A Michael Jackson jacket worn for a meeting with Nelson Mandela in 1999 (Estimate: $4000-6000) and a Michael Jackson jacket and vest purchased while the mega-star was in Oman in 2006, as well as a selection of signed, gifted and worn items along with photographs and other memorabilia round out the sale of iconic music memorabilia in a collection of over 450 items.

Michael Jackson Memorabilia

The auction will also feature a rare VOX guitar played by two legendary Beatles, John Lennon and George Harrison, as well as items from Elvis Presley, Bette Midler, David Cassidy, David Bowie, The Grateful Dead, Madonna, and Jimi Hendrix.

Source: MJFC / Julien's Auctions / Billie Jean


A Life Between Black And White Documentary'A Life Between Black And White' Documentary On ZDF. 22-03-'13

Tonight on the German TV broadcasting station ZDF the documentary of ' Michael Jackson - A Life Between Black And White' (Original title: ' Eine Karriere zwischen schwarz und weiß'. The documentary is directed by Hannes Rossacher.

This documentary explores the phenomenon that was Michael Jackson and the factors that were critical in his rise from blue-collar boy from Gary, Indiana, to the biggest superstar of all time. We also discuss the fact that the colour of his skin, the very thing that made the public presence of coloured artists an issue, actually got lighter over the course of his career.

His facial structure also changed dramatically. These transformations were always dogged by innumerable interpretations and much speculation. Officially, the cosmetic operations and changes to his appearance were explained away as being necessary. We shed light not only on the physical and psychological aspect of this transformation.

Stars like Barney Hoskyns, Margo Jefferson, Jochen Leuschner, Jacques Peretti and Greg Tate talk about Michael Jackson.

The documentary dates of June 24th, 2012.

Source: ZDF / Billie Jean


Yvette Palazuelo'05 Trial And Aquittal May Feature In Wrongful Death Case. 22-03-'13

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled Thursday that attorneys for AEG Live could bring up Michael Jackson's molestation trial as part of their defense in the wrongful death case, saying it could be relevant to Jackson's history of drug abuse and despondency.

Katherine Jackson is suing AEG Live for the wrongful death of her son, alleging that the concert promoter was negligent in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to care for the singer ahead of a series of London concerts set for July 2009.

After nearly four years of legal wrangling, the civil trial is due to begin on April 2 and could last up to three months.

Katherine Jackson and the King of Pop's two eldest children, Prince and Paris, could be called as possible witnesses, Palazuelos ruled in a pre-trial hearing.

Murray may also be called to testify, although Katherine Jackson's lawyer said the physician was planning to assert his Fifth Amendment rights and remain silent. Murray, who is currently serving time on manslaughter charges in Michael Jackson's death, also did not testify on his own behalf during his trial.

In 2005, Michael Jackson stood trial on charges of molesting a 13-year-old boy. After a more than four-month trial, he was found not quilty on all charges.

Source: MJFC / Reuters / Billie Jean


MJ and the KidsWhy Does It Matter If Michael Is Biological Father Of His Children. 21-03-'13

Michael Jackson's family has demanded that paternity evidence relating to his children be dropped from a lawsuit.

The late singer's mother Katherine Jackson - who acts as a co-legal guardian for his children Prince Michael, 17, Paris, 15 and Blanket, 10, - has filed a motion asking the judge presiding over the court case to exclude any evidence relating to their paternity.

According to legal documents, obtained by gossip website TMZ.com, Katherine Jackson claimed that the jury does not need to know anything about her grandchildren's biological parentage.

Budding actor and TV presenter Prince Michael and his sister Paris are believed to be the children of their father's ex-wife Debbie Rowe, while Blanket is said to have been born via a surrogate mother.

The family is suing AEG Live - who sponsored Michael's This Is It tour - for the alleged negligent hiring and supervision of Dr Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for his role in Michael's death.

The 82-year-old Jackson family matriarch has also asked the judge exclude any mention of the Michael's child molestation claims as well as any mention of her other children's financial problems.

The family is reportedly worried that AEG might try to argue that the real reason the family are pursing them in the reported $40 billion lawsuit is money.

A judge has not yet ruled on the motions.

The Thriller hitmaker died in June 2009 after being administered a lethal dose of Propofol by Murray. The trial is set to begin on April 2.

Source: Movies.ndtv / Billie Jean


Katherine and Michael's KidsRequest For Evidence Exclusion. 19-03-'13

Mrs Katherine Jackson and Michael’s three children, who are suing AEG Live for 40 billion dollars, are requesting the trial judge to exclude questions regarding the paternity of Michael’s children, in addition to other areas.

It also appears likely that Conrad Murray is to exercise his right to “remain silent,” by refusing to give evidence, in case it implicates him in Michael’s death, for which he is currently sentenced to four years imprisonment.

According to TMZ, other questions the Jackson Family want excluded by the judge (as they are irrelevant to the case) are as follows:
1.Exclude the mention that Katherine and MJ’s kids did not sue Murray.
2.Exclude benefits Katherine and the children receive from Michael’s Estate.
3.Exclude marital discord between Katherine and Joe Jackson.
4.Exclude evidence of biological parents of minor kids.
5.Exclude that Katherine was kidnapped to Arizona.
6.Exclude that the Michael Jackson Estate did not file a lawsuit against AEG or anyone else in regards to Michael’s death.
7.Exclude testimony from David Fournier that Michael tried to deceive him during surgery by wearing a Narcan implant.
8.Exclude the argument that Michael’s siblings have financial problems.
9.Exclude the molestation charges.

However, the Jackson’s are willing to have all of Michael’s medical records released.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Dr. Conrad MurrayConrad Murray Says He Won’t Testify. 19-03-'13

Dr. Conrad Murray is refusing to testify in the wrongful death lawsuit that Katherine Jackson filed against concert promoter AEG Live. If called, he will plead the fifth so as not to incriminate himself, the doctor said in a statement sent to the Jackson family.

Murray has never been questioned under oath about Michael’s death which occurred on his watch.
He did not testify at his trial, where he was found guilty of causing Michael Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009, by administering a deadly overdose of sedatives and the surgical anesthetic propofol in what he told police was an attempt to cure the singer’s insomnia. He is serving a four-year sentence but could be out in two.

On Monday, he was supposed to be deposed in the wrongful death suit. But lawyers for Michael’s mother, Katherine, and her three children called off their jailhouse visit because Murray swore “he would not answer any questions at the deposition or the trial,” Jackson lawyer Kevin Boyle told CNN. He said the Jackson case would not suffer without his testimony.

AEG’s lawyer suggests the Jacksons canceled Murray’s deposition because his testimony would “destroy” their case. “They are not interested in the truth,” said the lawyer, Marvin Putnam.

Asserting his ‘Fifth Amendment privilege’
The cancellation came after Murray’s attorney Valerie Wass sent the Jacksons a sworn statement signed by Murray making it clear he would not answer any questions while his involuntary manslaughter conviction in Michael Jackson’s death is being appealed.

“Accordingly, if I am called or ordered to testify at deposition or trial in the Katherine Jackson vs AEG wrongful death case, I will be asserting my Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination and refuse to answer any questions,” Murray’s declaration said.

Source: CNN / Billie Jean

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