Jackson Family Lose AEG Lawsuit

A California jury yesterday sided with concert promoter AEG Live in a multi-billion dollar wrongful death lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine, 83.

The Jackson family matriarch filed the lawsuit in February 2013, seeking up to $40 billion from AEG Live.

The jury found AEG was not liable for the actions of Michael’s former personal physician Conrad Murray, who is scheduled to be released from prison this month after serving 2 years of a four-year sentence for negligent homicide in Michael’s death.

The jury found that AEG had hired Murray as Jackson’s personal physician, but that Murray was competent to practice medicine because he held a valid medical license.

Murray saw the jury’s verdict as “justice”.

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Michael Jackson and Taj Jackson

Michael Jackson’s nephew, Taj Jackson, says he was molested as a boy by a male family member on his mother’s side. Taj, 40, revealed his family secret in order to defend his uncle Michael against the most recent molestation allegations made by former child star Wade Robson.

Taj’s father is Michael’s brother, Tito Jackson, 59.

In a series of Twitter.com messages sent on Wednesday, Taj called Wade a liar, and he said Michael personally consoled him after he told his mother Dee Dee about the incident.

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Michael Jackson’s three kids, Prince, Michael Jr. and Paris were spotted on their way to Karate class in Los Angeles yesterday. The kids were accompanied by assorted nannies, cousins and bodyguards. They look so healthy and happy — unlike when they lived with Michael and he forced them to wear masks in public.

Sporting their karate outfits, Paris Jackson and Blanket Jackson could be seen enthusiastically entering the building ready to punch, kick and elbow, but after an hour or so of butt-kicking, young Blanket was clearly left exhausted as he got a piggyback ride on the way out!

Prince Jackson was also there — though only as an observer, not a participant.

Meanwhile, in the neverending whirlwind of press coming from Michael Jackson siblings, big sis La Toya Jackson says the late pop icon was “like God.”

The 53-year-old star insists MJ had divine qualities because of the way he tried to spread peace and love during his life, which was tragically cut short in June.

Appearing on Britain’s Live From Studio Five, La Toya said: “Michael was very, very special and my mother would always say that, because he was. He was very different. I would always say, ‘He’s not God. But he’s so God-like.’ He really was God-like. He just wanted to spread love and share love and just do everything that was wonderful.” Read More…

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Michael Jackson’s older brother Jermaine is busy trying to salvage his Michael Jackson Tribute concert in Vienna after online media floated rumors that the two biggest names on the lineup won’t appear.

According to to Reuters, Jermaine, 54, confirms that Mary J. Blige will be busy at a fashion event in Italy that same day. But he claims she will fly in to perform the second half of the concert, which is scheduled for Sept. 26.

We already know that Chris Brown is a convicted felon who probably can’t leave the country without permission from his probation officer. But Jermaine says, “He wants to be here. It’s just up to what he’s going through with his court case right now. “He’s definitely going to be here.”

Jackson also denied rumors that his family refuse to throw their full support behind the tribute concert.

“I invited my mother, I invited my brothers and sisters as well,” he said during a news conference in London. “I am not happy with the talk being said in the press about the support isn’t there. My mother from the very start supported this.”

Of course he’s referring to TMZ’s report that his mother, Katherine Jackson, and brothers question why Jermaine is holding a tribute concert in a city that has no connection to Michael.

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, was finally laid to rest last night more than two months after he died at age 50 of an apparent cardiac arrest on June 25th. Jackson was interred in a crypt alongside Hollywood legends such as Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, David Carradine, Sammy Davis Jr., and others following a private sunset ceremony at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

The guests were limited to family members and close friends, including Berry Gordy, who signed 10-year-old Michael and his brothers to a recording contract in the late 60s, and Gladys Knight, who discovered the Jackson 5. Knight sang “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” at the ceremony.

Others attending the funeral included Michael’s friends music producers Quincy Jones and Teddy Riley, actors McCauley Culkin, Elizabeth Taylor, Corey Feldman, Clifton Davis (who sang the Jackson 5 hit “Never Can Say Goodbye” — a song he wrote); actress LisaRaye, comedian Chris Tucker, industry veteran Suzanne de Passe, the Jackson 5’s road manager and mentor; Lisa Marie Presley, one of Jackson’s former wives, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and others. Jackson’s longtime friend Diana Ross did not attend.

Michael’s brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Randy, and the two boys Michael raised as his own — Prince Michael I and Michael II., all wore black suits with red ties, black arm bands and a single white sequined glove. The funeral was delayed over two months due to a rift between Michael’s mother Katherine and his brother Jermaine over the final burial plans.

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This story made headlines all over the world this weekend, and by Sunday morning, the sleuths over at People mag were on top of it. It turns out that former British child star Mark Lester was being the attention whore and opportunist that we all thought he was when he laid claim to Michael Jackson’s kid, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, saying the 11-year-old was his biological daughter.

Lester told a British tabloid over the weekend that he donated sperm for his longtime friend Michael Jackson so he could start his own family. It seems Michael was enamored with Lester’s 4 blond haired, blue eyed children and wanted some of his own to raise.

Now Lester’s reps are saying the tabloid twisted his words. Yeah, right.

Sources say that while Lester had donated sperm, he is not Paris’ biological dad. “They twisted his words around. He’s not claiming to be the father of Paris Jackson,” says one close family source. “He has known Michael for many years and his children play with Michael’s children,” says longtime Jackson family associate and past lawyer Brian Oxman. But in all the years he has known Lester, Oxman says Lester never indicated he was Paris’s father.

Us Weekly reports that the L.A. County coroner returned Michael Jackson’s brain to his family last week and he was buried in an intimate ceremony last Thursday at Forest Lawn cemetery.

Will the circus atmosphere surrounding Jackson never end?

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