Michael Jackson's eldest son was the first of his family members to testify in the wrongful death suit brought against This Is It tour promoter AEG Live. The civil suit was filed by his mom, Katherine Jackson, on his children's behalf. Prince, 16, spoke for 90 minutes Wednesday (Jun. 26), detailing the day his dad died and saying that MJ would sometimes cry after phone conversations with the promoters.
According to The LA Times, Prince testified that he was in their rented Holmby Hills home when he heard a scream. He ran into the kitchen and saw Dr. Conrad Murray run upstairs, where his father was. Prince described his father lying half off the bed with eyes rolled back in his head and Murray delivering CPR. MJ was rushed to Ronald Reagan Medical Center.
"Sorry kids, Dad's dead," Prince said Murray later told him and his siblings. "We just cried."
Prince opened his testimony with nearly 15 minutes of home movies and family photos, explaining how his father shielded them from the fame. "We always listened to his music, but we never knew how famous he was," he said. He also testified that the singer would come home from tour rehearsals happy, but wanting more time to practice. He said MJ would sometimes cry after phone calls with AEG Live Chief Executive Randy Phillips or his sometimes manager Tohme Tohme. "He would say, 'They're going to kill me, they're going to kill me.'"
Jackson died of a propofol overdose Jun. 25, 2009. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for his death. AEG maintains that it was Jackson who hired Murray and that any money the company paid him was to come from an advance to the singer. Phillips testified earlier this month. Prince is expected to return to the stand to be cross-examined by the defense.
This is the ninth week of the trial.
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