Katherine Jackson took the stand Monday (July 22) in her family's wrongful-death suit against entertainment enterprise AEG Live, reports the Huffington Post. According to her testimony, AEG failed to properly investigate Dr. Conrad Murray and is consequently responsible for the 2009 death of her son Michael Jackson.
After her attorney reviewed several emails from workers on MJ's This Is It tour, which described the singer’s health condition as deteriorating, she solemnly stated, "They watched him waste away."
Her comments then came under fire from the lead attorney for AEG, Marvin Putnam, who questioned if she filed the lawsuit to find out about her son’s death, why hadn’t she read through the numerous pages of testimony or asked her grandchildren about what happened in Michael’s home leading up to his death. Putnam also asked if she had been present for Murray's manslaughter trial and if she assisted the District Attorney in his prosecution, to which her response was she "didn't remember."
Katherine Jackson, 83, is claiming that it was AEG Live who hired Murray, the Las Vegas physician who delivered a fatal dose of a strong anesthetic to MJ while prepping for his comeback tour and was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
AEG Live denies such claims saying it was the King of Pop who hired the doctor.
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