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Michael Jackson's Tour Director Has A Sorrowful Breakdown In Court

July 11th, 2013 10:30am EDT
Michael Jackson
"This Is It" Tour Director Kenny Ortega broke down in court yesterday as he read an email sent to AEG Boss Randy Phillips concerning the deceased pop icon Michael Jackson's health during the singer's ongoing wrongful death trial.

The letter expressed Ortega's concerns for M.J's mental health and the Tour Director's belief that he should be seeing a therapist. The email had been shown to the jury at the beginning of the wrongful death case, but on Wednesday the director/choreographer read it aloud - and broke down on the stand.

He read: "My concern is, now that we've brought the doctor in ...
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Doctor Claims Michael Jackson Was A Drug Addict In 1993

July 9th, 2013 7:45pm EDT
Michael Jackson
Twenty years ago, a doctor who once treated Michael Jackson for pain on tour told an AEG Live executive that the singer was a drug addict. No one believed the doctor when he informed concert promoters that Jackson was an addict. The doctor also told tour manager Paul Gongaware, who is now an AEG Live executive, that Jackson was dependent on opiates.

Dr. Stuart Finklestein, who is now an addiction specialist, was called to testify in what was the 43rd day of the ongoing wrongful death trial.

During Jackson's 1993 "Dangerous" tour, Finklestein traveled the world with the King of Pop and tes...
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Katherine Jackson Brought To Tears During Cirque Du Soleil Premiere Of 'Michael Jackson ONE'

July 1st, 2013 8:50pm EDT
Prince Jackson and Katherine Jackson
Late King of Pop Michael Jackson's mother Katherine was brought to tears at the Las Vegas premiere of Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson ONE" at the Mandalay Bay Resort on Saturday night.

The family's matriarch was joined by sons Tito, Marlon and Jackie along with grandsons Prince Michael and Prince Michael II aka Blanket. Jackson's troubled granddaughter Paris wasn't in attendance.

"It was hard - just like it is now to talk about it. I can't find words to describe how I felt - it brought tears to my eyes," she tells Access Hollywood, "It was one of the best shows I've ever seen. Very go...
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Paris Jackson Won't Testify In Lawsuit Against Concert Promoter

June 28th, 2013 2:14pm EDT
Paris Jackson
Paris Jackson will be spared the pain of testifying in an ongoing court battle over her father's death.

Michael Jackson's teenage daughter expected to be among the witnesses called as part of a legal battle between the superstar's family and executives at AEG Live, the concert promotion company behind Jackson's doomed London comeback concerts.

The 15 year old was recently hospitalized after a suicide attempt, and now lawyer Deborah Chang has confirmed Paris will not be forced to testify. Speaking during proceedings at Los Angeles Superior Court, she told the judge, "Paris is not going t...
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The Morning Roundup: Michael Jackson's Son Testifies, James Gandolfini's Wake, DOMA Defeat, Kat Von D Single

June 27th, 2013 10:39am EDT
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson's son Prince Michael testified in the ongoing trial his family has brought against bosses of AEG Live on Wednesday. The 16-year-old revealed that although Michael was excited about his concert residency in London, the concert promoter had put so much pressure on him that he would often cry after getting off the phone with executives. Prince said that after one such call he heard his father say, "They're gonna kill me. They're gonna kill me." He also revealed that Dr. Conrad Murray, who is currently in prison on involuntary manslaughter charges over the death of the pop super...
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Prince Jackson Gives Shocking Testimony In Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Suit

June 26th, 2013 10:36pm EDT
Prince Jackson
Michael Jackson's son Prince testified against AEG Live on Wednesday in the ongoing wrongful death brought against the concert promoter by the late singer's mother Katherine.

The 16-year-old revealed that his father would regularly break down in tears over the pressure he felt while rehearsing for his "This Is It" concert residency at London's O2 Arena. Prince shocked the courtroom by saying that his father feared that the event would result in his death.

Princes says he witnessed many phone conversation his father had with AEG executives, some of which caused enough stress to make the Ki...
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Paris Jackson To Remain In Grandmother's Care

June 25th, 2013 9:09pm EDT
Paris Jackson
Michael Jackson's troubled teen daughter Paris will remain under the care of her grandmother in light of her suicide attempt earlier this month.

A Los Angeles judge ruled on Tuesday -- the four year anniversary of Jackson's death -- that Katherine Jackson would retain custody of the late King of Pop's daughter, along with his two sons, Prince Michael and Prince Michael II, aka Blanket.

15-year-old Paris was hospitalized on June 5 after attempting to cut her wrist with a meat cleaver and taking a handful of Motrin pain pills at the family's Calabasas, Calif., home. Judge Mitchell Beckloff ...
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Paris Jackson's Suicide Attempt Caused By Upcoming Anniversary Of Michael's Death?

June 7th, 2013 3:01pm EDT
Paris Jackson
Paris Jackson's recent suicide attempt might have something to do with the death of her father, Michael, according to a top Beverly Hills child psychiatrist.

Dr. Fran Walfish said that the upcoming anniversary of her father's death may have been a contributor to the state of mind that led her to attempt to kill herself.

"This month marks the fourth anniversary of her beloved father, Michael's, death," Walfish tells WENN.com. "Anniversaries like this are particularly vulnerable times for surviving close family members. Paris's mother, Debbie Rowe has said Paris has 'a lot going on'. Certai...
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Source: Paris Jackson's Suicide Attempt Wasn't Her First

June 6th, 2013 1:19pm EDT
Paris Jackson
Paris Jackson was rushed to a Los Angeles Hospital in the wee hours of Wednesday morning after attempting to commit suicide, reportedly with no intent on actually killing herself.

Paris called a helpline before her attempt, and also left a note; and despite police officially labeling the incident a suicide attempt, a spokesman told TMZ.com that her actions were just a cry for attention.

"It makes no sense if you really want to die to call a hotline, where the person on the other end will get an ambulance over to your house," the source said.

Paris, the daughter of late King of Pop Michae...
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AEG Live CEO Calls Katherine Jackson's Lawsuit 'Preposterous' And 'Extortion'

June 5th, 2013 9:07pm EDT
Katherine Jackson
The CEO of AEG Live is fighting back after his company was sued for the wrongful death of Michael Jackson by his mother, Katherine.

Katherine is seeking up to $40 billion in damages and filed the suit jointly with Michael's children Prince Michael and Paris.

The New York Daily News reports that Katherine's lawyer asked AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips, “You think this case is a baseless extortion, a shakedown of AEG Live?”

Phillips Replied, "Yes or no answer? Yes."

The lawsuit is now in its sixth week in court, with Jackson's side contending the company should have run a background check on ...
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Michael Jackson Never Signed Dr. Conrad Murray's 'This Is It' Contract

May 22nd, 2013 12:39pm EDT
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson's physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, received no payment from concert promoter AEG Live for his work as Jackson's doctor during rehearsals for his ill-fated "This Is It" residency at London's O2 Arena -- because his contract was never signed by the King of Pop.

Jackson died before he could sign off on Murray's contract with AEG Life, which would have netted the doctor around $1.5 million had the contract been approved.

During witness testimony in the wrongful death trial brought by Jackson's mother Katherine against AEG Live, vice president Julie Hollander testified that the co...
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Michael Jackson Trial: Katherine Jackson's Lawyers Object To AEG Live Giving Candy To Jurors

May 22nd, 2013 10:51am EDT
Katherine Jackson
The trial over the wrongful death of pop star Michael Jackson took a strange turn on Tuesday when lawyers for the defendant, AEG Live, handed out peppermint candy to the jury.

Jackson's mother Katherine, the lead plaintiff in the case, even enjoyed a piece of the candy -- but her lawyer didn't -- he raised an objection, claiming that jurors on the case might be influenced by the gesture, according to CNN.

Ultimately both sides reached a compromise. Now any snacks brought in for the jury must be done so before the jurors enter the courtroom so that they don't know the source of the treats....
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Wade Robson Opens Up About Michael Jackson Sexual Abuse

May 16th, 2013 2:54pm EDT
Wade Robson
Choreographer Wade Robson has spoken out about his accusation that Michael Jackson molested him when he was a child.

Appearing on "The Today Show" on Thursday, Robson told host Matt Lauer that he endured abuse for years and that he underwent manipulation and brainwashing by the King of Pop.

Lauer grilled the dancer, asking if he was lying when he took the witness stand and defended Jackson during his 2005 molestation trial if Jackson had indeed molested him.

"This is not a case of repressed memory," Robson says. "I never forgot one moment of what Michael did to me. But I was psychologica...
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Michael Jackson's Beating Heart Was Visible Through His Skin

May 13th, 2013 3:04pm EDT
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson was reportedly so pale-skinned and emaciated in the days before his death that his beating heart was visible through his skin, according to a testimony heard in court last week.

During the trial for the wrongful death suit Jackson's mother Katherine brought against concert promoter AEG Live, Michael's long-time makeup artist Karen "Turkle" Faye made the revelation when took the stand to testify on behalf of the plaintiff.

Faye said she was backstage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where Jackson was rehearsing for his residency at London's O2 Arena, when the star's co...
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Michael Jackson's Estate Attorney Calls Latest Abuse Allegations 'Outrageous & Pathetic'

May 8th, 2013 4:34pm EDT
Michael Jackson
An attorney has slammed allegations that Michael Jackson molested choreographer Wade Robson when he was a child. Four years following Jackson's death, Robson filed suit claiming he was sexually abused by the King of Pop.

Jackson's estate attorney Howard Weitzman pointed out that Robson took to the stand at the singer's 2005 child molestation trial to deny he had ever been molested by the singer during several sleepovers.

Robson, who has worked with stars such as Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, has changed his story and last week asked a California judge to allow him to make a late c...
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Choreographer Says Michael Jackson Sexually Abused Him When He Was A Little Boy

May 8th, 2013 11:03am EDT
Michael Jackson
Four years after his death, Michael Jackson is being accused of sexual abuse by a top dance choreographer who once denied the pop star ever touched him.

Wade Robson has come forward with fresh allegations that the King of Pop assaulted him in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Santa Barbara, Calif.

Robson, 30, has worked with stars including Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. He filed papers in California claiming Jackson molested him when he was a young boy.

According to TMZ.com, Robson filed legal papers in California revealing he met the singer when he was five years old and had a relationship...
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Michael Jackson Jury Views Autopsy Photo

May 7th, 2013 5:21pm EDT
Michael Jackson
On Monday, Jurors in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial were shown a ghastly autopsy photograph of the music legend's corpse.

The late musician's mother Katherine is suing concert bosses at AEG Live, the promoters behind his doomed This Is It comeback concerts, alleging they were negligent in ignoring her son's life-threatening health issues.

She also blames them for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for administering the dose of anesthetic Propofol which killed the Thriller star in June, 2009.

Katherine and other family members have been at...
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Sharon Osbourne To Testify In Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial

May 2nd, 2013 5:39pm EDT
Sharon Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne has been subpoenaed to testify in the wrongful death trial of pop superstar Michael Jackson.

Opening statements in the case were held on Monday and Tuesday in the case between Jackson's mother Katherine and concert promoters AEG Live in Los Angeles County Superior Court, and the rock matriarch was served with papers asking her to testify on the plaintiff's behalf.

Osbourne is believed to have evidence supporting Katherine Jackson's claims that AEG Live was ignored her son's health concerns while they organized his "This Is It" comeback concerts.

"There were certain people...
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Jury Set For Michael Jackson's Wrongful Death Lawsuit

April 23rd, 2013 8:59am EDT
Michael Jackson
The jury in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial has been selected - six men and six women were chosen on Monday, nearly three weeks after jury selection began in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Six additional individuals have been chosen as alternates.

It's anticipated that the trial will last at least two months. The judge overseeing the case hasn't set a date for opening statements and testimony to begin.

Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, is suing AEG Live bosses, the promoters behind the pop star's "This Is It" comeback tour. She claims the promoters were negligent because they ig...
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Paris Jackson Considering Tattoo To Honor Father

April 15th, 2013 9:07pm EDT
Paris Jackson
Michael Jackson's daughter Paris is considering getting a tattoo as a tribute to her father.

Michael died from cardiac arrest when Paris was just 11 in 2009. Paris, now 15, says she plans on copying words from a loving letter onto her left wrist when she's old enough. She also wants to tattoo her grandmother's name, Katherine, on her right wrist.

She told Event Magazine, "I want to get (the letter) tattooed on my left wrist and my grandma's name tattooed on my right wrist - when I'm old enough of course."

Jackson is also looking into restoring Neverland Ranch once she is of age, in an at...
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Diana Ross, Prince And Spike Lee Added To Witness List In Michael Jackson Civil Suit

April 11th, 2013 10:01am EDT
Diana Ross
Diana Ross has been added to the long list of stars set to take the witness stand in the Jackson family's upcoming lawsuit against AEG Live.

Michael Jackson's mother Katherine and the late pop star's three children, Paris, Prince and Blanket, have a accused the concert promoter with Jackson's wrongful death, claiming that they were negligent in their hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in jail in November 2011.

The plaintiff's attorneys have argued that AEG Live wasn't thorough enough in its background check of the cardiol...
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Katherine Jackson Demands Paternity Evidence Dropped

March 19th, 2013 11:02am EDT
Katherine Jackson
Michael Jackson's mother is demanding lawyers drop evidence relating to the singer's paternity of his three children from her upcoming court battle against concert giants AEG Live.

Katherine Jackson is suing promoters behind the King of Pop's doomed This Is It comeback concerts, claiming they were negligent in ignoring life-threatening health concerns.

Now, the 82-year-old family matriarch has filed a motion asking the judge presiding over the wrongful death case to ban evidence about the conception of Jackson's kids, Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket.

Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe is...
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Katherine Jackson Seeks $40 Billion In Wrongful Death Trial

March 17th, 2013 6:30pm EDT
Katherine Jackson
Michael Jackson's mother is demanding a massive $40 billion from concert promoters AEG for the King of Pop's death.

The superstar's mom Katherine filed a wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live in 2010, claiming the giants behind her son's doomed comeback shows were negligent in ignoring life-threatening health concerns going on behind closed doors.

Last month, a U.S. judge ruled the case will go to trial - and now newly obtained legal papers suggest Katherine wants the entertainment bosses to pay in excess of $40 billion.

According to TMZ.com, the documents stipulate that Jackson's thre...
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La Toya Jackson's Rep Slams Reality TV Show Rumors

March 5th, 2013 3:50pm EST
La Toya Jackson
La Toya Jackson has denied reports suggesting she is cashing in on her late brother Michael's three kids by negotiating a reality TV show deal for them.

A recent article in the New York Post accused La Toya of profiting off her niece Paris and nephews Prince Michael and Blanket after signing them to her talent agency Ja-Tail Enterprises and taking a 15 per cent commission on the youngsters' showbiz contracts.

Paris has landed a movie deal, while Prince Michael was last month unveiled as a correspondent for news show Entertainment Tonight and will act in an upcoming episode of 90210.

E...
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Prince Michael Jackson To Make Acting Debut On '90210'

February 26th, 2013 9:01am EST
Michael 'Prince' Jackson
Michael Jackson's eldest son is set to follow his sister Paris into acting after landing a small role on hit TV series 90210.

Prince Michael recently turned TV correspondent to interview Oz The Great and Powerful actors James Franco and Zach Braff for Entertainment Tonight and now he's stepping in front of the camera to make his screen debut.

The 16 year old will play Cooper, a trauma victim who forms a close bond with Jessica Stroup's character Erin Silver, and he will begin filming his scenes for 90210's season five finale this week, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Prince Micha...
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Celebrity Plastic Surgery Gone Bad

February 21st, 2013 8:07pm EST
Kim Novak
Most celebrities have had "a little work done" over the course of their careers, going for the usual nip here or tuck there to improve their appearance and keep themselves looking youthful enough to keep landing the big roles; and then there are the few dozen who have taken cosmetic surgery procedures to their most extreme.

Take former Dead or Alive singer Pete Burns, for instance. Known in the early 80s for his flamboyant, androgynous appearance, Burns has undergone several cosmetic surgeries -- likening them to simply "buying a new sofa" and saying it's something he'll always keep doing ...
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The Best And Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows Ever

January 28th, 2013 4:07pm EST
Beyonce
Beyonce will have the honor of entertaining Super Bowl halftime audiences that don't switch over to the Puppy Bowl this weekend (they have hedgehog cheerleaders now!). The history of the halftime show is a surprising display of ups-and-downs, from mind-blowing performances to corny overproduced ego trips. Here are some of the best and worst Super Bowl halftime shows:

Best: Michael Jackson, Super Bowl XXVII

The halftime show was hurting. Two years prior, the New Kids on the Block performance was pre-empted by coverage on Desert Storm and their performance was edited down and shown after th...
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Michael Jackson Auction Raises $5 Million, Lady Gaga Buys 55 Items

December 3rd, 2012 11:07am EST
Michael Jackson
A Michael Jackson auction raised a staggering $5 million dollars for charity - and Lady Gaga was a big spender.

Items ranging from the jacket Jackson wore on the cover of his Bad album to his famous crystal-encrusted gloves went under the hammer. The jacket sold for $250,000 and the gloves hit $100,000 a piece.

Pop star Lady Gaga was the high bidder on 55 items. She tweeted, "The 55 pieces I collected today will be archived & expertly cared for in the spirit & love of Michael Jackson, his bravery, & fans worldwide."

Some proceeds from the auction will be given to several charities, such ...
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Michael Jackson 'Bad 25' Documentary Airs Tonight On ABC

November 22nd, 2012 10:30am EST
Michael Jackson
The documentary by award-winning director Spike Lee celebrates the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's landmark "BAD" album and tour. "Michael Jackson: BAD25" airs Thanksgiving Day, at 9:30|8:30c on ABC!

BAD25 chronicles the making of Michael Jackson’s iconic, record-breaking Bad album and Michael’s first world tour as a solo artist. With BAD25, Spike Lee examines Michael Jackson’s creative vision for the album that ended up defining an era. Michael's lasting artistic legacy comes to life thanks to rare and never before seen footage and the vivid recollections of Michael's collaborators ...
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Spike Lee's 'Michael Jackson: BAD 25' Documentary To Air Thanksgiving Night

November 21st, 2012 9:17pm EST
Michael Jackson
BAD25 chronicles the making of Michael Jackson's iconic, record-breaking Bad album and Michael's first world tour as a solo artist.

With BAD25, Spike Lee examines Michael Jackson's creative vision for the album that ended up defining an era. Michael's lasting artistic legacy comes to life thanks to rare and never before seen footage and the vivid recollections of Michael's collaborators and confidants, such as Martin Scorsese who directed the 18-minute short film for the single Bad.

TIME Magazine called BAD25 "an intimate view of a performer at his peak in the intense splendor of creativi...
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