Jackson Family Lawsuit Witness List Revealed
By BRYAN LYNN
April 03, 2013
Jury selection continues in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's mother Katherine against the pop star's concert promoter AEG Live and on Wednesday ET got a first look at the plaintiffs' star-studded witness list.
The trial -- which seeks $40 billion in damages from AEG -- alleges that the company was negligent when it hired Dr. Conrad Murray to oversee Michael Jackson's medical care as the King of Pop prepared for a series of comeback concerts.
Jackson died at age 50 in June 2009 after Murray administered to him a powerful dose of the anesthetic propofol. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death in November 2011 and is currently serving a four-year jail sentence. Attorneys for the physician had argued that the pop star was addicted to the drug and self-administered the fatal dose when Murray left Jackson's bedroom.
Among those on the plaintiffs' witness list obtained Wednesday by ET are the pop star's three children and his siblings, as well as Murray and officials from AEG and famed producer/director/choreographer Kenneth Ortega, who worked with Jackson on his planned comeback tour "This Is It." Among the celebrities on the plaintiffs' witness list were Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Spike Lee and the pop star's former wife, Lisa Marie Presley.
The defense team's witness list also includes Michael Jackson's children, mother and Murray, as well as AEG officials, Ortega and various doctors.
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