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Jackson's sex abuse case may feature in new trial over death

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -- Michael Jackson's 2005 trial and acquittal on child sex abuse charges may be revisited in a civil lawsuit next month that pits the pop singer's mother against concert promoters AEG Live, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Thursday.

Katherine Jackson is suing AEG Live for the wrongful death of her son, alleging that the concert promoter was negligent in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to care for the singer ahead of a series of London comeback concerts set for July 2009.

Jackson, 50, died in June 2009 in Los Angeles after a rehearsal for the concerts. Murray was found guilty in 2011 of responsibility for Jackson's death by giving him the surgical anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid, and is serving a four-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter.

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Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled that attorneys for AEG Live could raise Jackson's molestation trial as part of their defense in the wrongful death case as it may be relevant to his history of drug abuse and despondency.

After years of legal wrangling, the civil trial is due to get underway on April 2 and could last up to three months.

Katherine Jackson and the "Thriller" singer's two oldest children, Prince and Paris, could be called as witnesses, Palazuelos ruled in a pre-trial hearing.

Murray may also be called to testify, although Katherine Jackson's lawyer said the physician was planning to assert his Fifth Amendment rights and remain silent.

Katherine Jackson sued AEG Live a year after the "Thriller" singer's death on behalf of his three children, Prince, Paris and Prince II, known as Blanket. She is not suing Murray.

The pop star stood trial in central California in 2005 on charges of molesting a 13-year-old boy he had befriended and hosted at his Neverland Ranch. After a more than four-month trial, the singer was acquitted on all counts.

(Reporting By Jill Serjeant; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Mar 22, 2013 7:55AM
aquittal means nothing, i guess.  doesn't mean a thing.  you can tell by some of the ridiculous comments.  peoplel need to stop letting personal bias cloud judgement.  some say his mother is MORE responsible; hmmm, i guess she was standing right there when a quack doctor basically spoon fed her son the drug that killed him.  maybe joe was hiding in another room.  ask "joebugs" who the real pathetic freak is....and any "settlement" could be tied up for years in legal wrangling and give & take...our biggest problem is that we love the innuendo, the scandal, the b.s. that the media feeds us to keep us away from those little things call FACTS...we have become a nation of nonsense consuming, non-thinking sheep, being led to slaughter because we would rather hear the "news" and the slanted reporting that comes with it as opposed to hearing everything BEFORE making a judgement call....
Mar 22, 2013 3:22AM
She is more responsible for Michael's death than AEG. She allowed michael to be abused and exploited by Joe Jackson,which made him a pathetic drug abusing freak. From the beginning it was all about the family making money off of Michael,this lawsuit is just part two of the saga.
Mar 22, 2013 12:38AM
Michael Jackson was innocent!! There was nothing wrong with Netherland. He had to grow up to soon and missed his childhood. He didn't have the time to do it when young but I'm sure Joe his father wouldn't allow it. How does anyone know Michael didn't want a Netherland when he was younger? He had an abusive father. So are people saying that Walt Disney was weird and a child molester?? Michael was always giving to charity. I bet if your kid had cancer and he donated to save their life you wouldn't say crap about him!! One of the family's withdrew their accusation. The one father committed suicide. Probably from a guilty conscience from blaming Michael for something he didn't do. When they searched Michael's home they found No evidence of pornography or anything. I believe Michael died from a broken heart. He thought so much of children and people and when they accused him of something so terrible he could never get over it. It's like saying something to someone that no matter what you say after you said it, it will never be the same. I believed this was how Michael felt. He loved children dearly!! I surely do miss Micheal as a king pop singer, He was simply the BEST!!!  No one will ever be able to fill those shoes!!  God Bless Micheal!!
Mar 22, 2013 12:32AM
Little miss matriarch just cant make enough money off of her son now can she???
Mar 21, 2013 11:18PM
People like to judge other people without knowing all the facts... If a court acquitted Mr. Jackson then he can not be called a pedophile... Now if he had settled the case out of court, then that would be a different matter... But by definition, acquittal means there was reasonable doubt... Did any of you accusers ever consider the fact that maybe Mr. Jackson was being black mailed because he was rich and that this kind of accusation would damage his reputation?
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