Michael Jackson's Son Prince To Testify in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 08:15 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Michael Jackson's oldest son Prince is expected to take the stand and testify in his family's wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live Wednesday, a day after the fourth anniversary of his father's death.

Prince, 16, Paris, 15, and Blanket, 11, and the children's grandmother Katherine Jackson are suing AEG Live, the concert promoter in charge of the King of Pop's "This Is It" tour. The family claims AEG negligently hired, retained, and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray, pressured the doctor to get the singer to rehearsals, and failed to get Jackson help in spite of the many signs that he was in trouble, CNN reported.

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Jackson died June 25, 2009, at age 50 of cardiac arrest brought on by an overdose of propofol, the surgical anesthetic Murray reportedly used every night for two months to treat the singer's insomnia. Murray was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter for his role in Jackson's death.

AEG Live's lawyers argue that the company's executives had no way of knowing Murray was using propofol to treat Jackson.

Prince Jackson, who was 12 at the time of his father's death, is the only one of Jackson's children who will appear in court.

"Prince has always been, even at 12, the little man — daddy's little man. He wanted his father to be very proud of him, which Michael was," the children's chef Kai Chase testified last week, according to CNN. "The weight of the world is on his shoulders, the eldest, big brother, and father figure to his siblings. It's a lot for him, growing, liking girls. He wishes his father was here to give him advice. It's devastating to him."

Paris Jackson gave a video deposition in March that will likely be shown at some point, but the girl is currently recovering in a Los Angeles hospital after a suicide attempt earlier this month.

The trial is expected to last until August.
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