Prince, Diana Ross and Spike Lee are among the witnesses who could be called in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial.
The late star's mother Katherine Jackson has accused promoters AEG Live of being negligent in ignoring health concerns over her son and hiring Dr. Conrad Murray - the physician who was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of the star following his passing in 2009 - and it has now been revealed who could take to the stand in the case. As well as the two singers and the director, Michael's ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley, his three children Prince, 16, Paris, 14, and Blanket, nine, producer Quincy Jones, choreographer Kenny Ortega and several of the "Thriller" hitmaker's siblings could be called to give evidence, ET Online reports.
However, despite his inclusion on the list, insiders predict Prince is unlikely to testify. Music blogger Dr. Funkenberry explained to the New York Post newspaper, "Prince is so far down on the witness list, he will more than likely never get called."
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 claims 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.
Conrad Murray will plead the Fifth at Michael Jackson's wrongful death lawsuit trial.
Although the shamed doctor has been called to take the stand at Michael's mother Katherine's civil case against AEG Live - which accuses the company of being responsible for negligently hiring Conrad to care for Michael - he will not answer questions because the responses could affect his appeal, according to TMZ.
The medic has already served a year and a half in prison after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter following Michael's death, but his lawyer Valerie Wass is set to file documents arguing she is appealing his conviction and whatever he says in Katherine's lawsuit could be used against him.
Michael's son, Prince Michael, is expected to give evidence on conversations he had with his father about the concert promoter. "Prince absolutely plans on testifying," a source previously said.
Michael Jackson's son will testify at his wrongful death lawsuit trial.
Prince Jackson will take the stand in his grandmother Katherine Jackson's civil case against AEG Live - which accuses the company of being responsible for negligently hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to care for the late King of Pop - and is expected to give evidence on conversations he had with his father about the concert promoter.
"Prince absolutely plans on testifying. Prince very much wants to take the stand and plans to tell jurors about specific conversations he had with his father about AEG. Prince will also testify about the fateful day his father died, as he was an eyewitness to the efforts that were made to save his life," a source said.
In the lawsuit, Katherine, 82, contends that AEG Live - which was behind the late singer's This Is It comeback concerts at The O2 arena in London - were responsible for Dr. Murray, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter following Michael's death, and failed to properly vet the physician before hiring him. The "Thriller" hitmaker died in June 2009 after being administered a lethal dose of Propofol by Murray.
Katherine Jackson's civil lawsuit against AEG Live will go to trial.
Katherine wants the concert promoter to face action as she says they were responsible for hiring Doctor Conrad Murray to care for her son Michael Jackson prior to his death from acute Propofol intoxication in 2009.
And while Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos dismissed all but one claim in Katherine's lawsuit, her allegation AEG negligently hired and supervised Dr. Murray while he cared for her son will go to trial. The ruling dismissed claims AEG could be held liable for Murray's conduct and breached its duty to properly care for the pop superstar.
The trial will start on April 2.
AEG Live was promoting Michael's This Is It comeback concerts at The O2 arena in London, but the "Thriller" hitmaker died in June 2009, aged 50, while in final preparations for the shows after Murray administered a lethal dose of the anaesthetic Propofol in Michael's bedroom.
Michael Jackson's father has dropped his wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Conrad Murray.
Joe Jackson filed a request with a Los Angeles court asking for his 2010 suit against the doctor - who was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of the King of Pop in November 2011 - to be dismissed without prejudice. In the suit, Joe had alleged Murray withheld vital information from the doctors and emergency room staff who tried to save Michael's life on the day he died in June 2009.
Joe claimed Murray wrongfully provided the powerful anaesthetic Propofol and a "polypharmacy" of other drugs to his son just before he died and alleged the doctor asked a security guard to clean the room in which Michael died of medication before police arrived at the Los Angeles mansion.
Katherine Jackson isn't talking to three of her children.
The showbiz matriarch - who temporarily lost custody of late son Michael's kids Prince, 15, Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10, when she made an unexpected trip to a spa in Arizona - is unwilling to meet with Janet, Randy and Rebbie Jackson because she believes they misled her and didn't tell her that her grandchildren had been trying to contact her during her stint away from California. The siblings are reportedly banned from entering the home in Calabasas where Katherine lives with her grandchildren because they are at war with the executors of Michael's estate - which pays for the property - but their mother is said to be "heartbroken" over their recent behavior and doesn't want to see them.
Diana Ross is willing to take over guardianship of Michael Jackson's children.
The Motown legend was named as a back-up guardian for Prince Michael, Paris and "Blanket" in their late father's will, and although they are now under the shared custody of their grandmother Katherine and cousin Tito Joe "TJ" Jackson, she has made it clear she will step in and care for her godchildren if needed.
"For the first time, Ross said she was willing to step in 'if needed.' She had never spoken like that before. Whether she wanted to be listed as guardian or not, she's not going to abdicate any authority," a family member who was present during Diana's recent visit to see the kids told The New York Post.
After the recent drama of Katherine losing and then regaining guardianship, Diana wanted to make sure the children were fine and traveled to see them in person in Calabasas, California. "[After Michael's death in 2009, Diana would phone the kids to see] if they needed advice or anything else. But last week, she wanted to meet with the children in person to make sure she heard all the right things. Things you can't easily detect on the telephone, like body language," she added.
Katherine and Tito Joe "TJ" Jackson will file their plea for co-guardianship of Michael Jackson's children today.
Michael's mother and nephew are planning to share custody of Prince Michael, 15, Paris, 14 and 10-year-old Blanket after Katherine was stripped of her rights with temporary control given to TJ, and they plan to begin court proceedings tomorrow.
According to RadarOnline, Katherine's lawyer Perry Sanders said in a statement, "Before 10 this morning, Charles Shultz (TJ Jackson's lawyer) will give notice to interested persons that we intend to file a pleading tomorrow regarding co-guardianship. The pleading will speak for itself and be consistent with my prior statement issued on this subject. Tomorrow we will learn the court's pleasure on when and how [the judge] chooses to handle the request being made tomorrow. No further statements will be made regarding this pleading until subsequent to us learning how the Court wishes to proceed."
Katherine Jackson says she didn't let her grandchildren know she was visiting their aunt in Arizona because she didn't feel like using the phone.
Michael Jackson's 82-year-old mother recently lost guardianship of his children Paris, Blanket and Prince Michael after she was thought to be missing for 10 days.
"There are rumors going around about me that I have been kidnapped. I am here today to let everybody to know that I am good and fine. My children would never do anything to me like that," she told ABC News.
When asked why she felt it was OK to leave three minor children in a house without a guardian, Katherine explained she simply felt like taking a "short vacation."
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