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Katherine Jackson Has No Regrets Over AEG Lawsuit

Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine insists that she does not regret suing AEG Live executives over her son’s untimely death four years ago.

Last week, a 12-person jury concluded that although AEG bosses hired Dr. Conrad Murray as Jackson’s personal physician ahead of his ill-fated This Is It gigs, they were not guilty of the superstar’s death as the doctor was not “unfit or incompetent to perform the work for which he was hired”.

Although the ruling means AEG Live chiefs do not face a compensation bill, Katherine Jackson insists she stands by her decision in filing the wrongful death lawsuit against the concert promoters, according to editors at TMZ.com.

A source tells the website, “Any reports that Katherine Jackson is feeling remorse for filing the wrongful death lawsuit are completely untrue. Mrs. Jackson feels the lawsuit is very important, and that so far it has proven that AEG did in fact hire Dr. Murray.”

Jackson’s mother is reportedly planning to meet with the jurors in the case before deciding whether to appeal against the verdict.

The Thriller hitmaker died in June, 2009 from an accidental overdose of anaesthetic.

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Paris Jackson Feels Something Is Missing In Home Life

Paris Jackson’s suicide attempt was the result of her emotional needs not being met by her grandmother and guardian Katherine Jackson, a family insider tells People magazine. Apparently trying to fill the void left by the 2009 death of her father Michael Jackson, the 15-year-old had turned to her estranged mother in recent months, but even a reconnection with Debbie Rowe didn’t help.

“Paris loves her grandmother but feels that Katherine can’t provide for her emotional needs. She and Katherine are close, but it just isn’t working for Paris. That’s why Paris has turned to Debbie Rowe,” the source explains. “There is something missing in Paris’s life. The family hasn’t really taken this serious.”

“She misses her father greatly,” the insider says of Paris. “She was the center of Michael’s world. And it’s all different now. She’s just one of many grandkids now.”

“It’s really sad. Paris is the girl who has everything, but the girl who has nothing. She’s so alone,” adds the source.

Meanwhile, news details about the teen’s suicide attempt on June 5 have emerged. Us Weekly magazine reports Paris tried to overdose on “20 Motrin” and cut herself with a knife. Apparently “freaked out” by her actions, Paris called out for help.

“I know Paris freaked out and regretted what she had done after she had done it,” an insider told Us Weekly magazine. “That’s when she cried for help. That saved her life.”

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Paris Jackson Attempted To Overdose On “20 Motrin” And Cut Herself With Knife

As Paris Jackson remains hospitalized in Los Angeles, new details about her suicide attempt have emerged. According to reports, the 15-year-old prepared a suicide note and then tried to overdose on “20 Motrin” early Wednesday morning. A source claims that she also cut herself with a knife. Apparently “freaked out” by her actions, Paris called out for help.

“I know Paris freaked out and regretted what she had done after she had done it,” an insider tells Us Weekly magazine. “That’s when she cried for help. That saved her life.”

Another source tells Us Weekly Paris has battled depression ever since her father Michael Jackson died in June 2009. “She has major depression issues, a lot of it stemming from her dad’s death. It’s very real and very sad. She has been extremely depressed and not been able to sleep lately, staying up all night,” the source explains.

Yesterday, the teen’s grandmother and guardian Katherine Jackson insisted that Paris is “physically fine.” “Being a sensitive 15 year old is difficult no matter who you are. It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you. Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention. Please respect her privacy and the family’s privacy,” Katherine said in a statement.

Michael Jackson died of a drug overdose on June 25, 2009. In addition Paris, he left behind sons Prince Michael, 16, and Blanket, 11.

Paris Jackson “Fine” After Suicide Attempt, Remains In LA Hospital

Hoping this isn’t true…


Paris Jackson, teen daughter of the late Michael Jackson, is recovering in a Los Angeles hospital after an apparent suicide attempt early Wednesday morning at her family’s Calabasas home. The Los Angeles County Fire Department confirms they transported one person from the home to a nearby hospital for a possible drug overdose. The 911 call came in at 1:27 a.m.

Family sources say Paris, 15, was angry about being forbidden to go to a Marilyn Manson concert on June 6. Her estranged mother, Debbie Rowe, told ET that Paris has had “a lot going on [lately]” and slit her wrists early this morning. Paris’ grandmother and guardian Katherine Jackson insists that Paris is “physically fine.”

“Being a sensitive 15 year old is difficult no matter who you are. It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you. Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention. Please respect her privacy and the family’s privacy,” she said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

No other details about the teen’s condition were immediately available.

Paris’ last tweet before her hospitalization indicates problems. She wrote this line from the Beatles song ‘Yesterday,’ “Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though they’re here to stay.”

Paris and her siblings Prince and Blanket must face the fourth anniversary of their father’s death on June 25.

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First Week of Jackson Trial Previews Massive Case

A look at key moments this past week in the wrongful death trial in Los Angeles between Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, and concert giant AEG Live, and what is expected at court in the week ahead:

THE CASE

Jackson’s mother wants a jury to determine that the promoter of Jackson’s planned comeback concerts didn’t properly investigate Murray, who a criminal jury convicted of involuntary manslaughter for Jackson’s June 2009 death. AEG’s attorney says the case is about personal choice, namely Jackson’s decision to have Murray serve as his doctor and give him doses of a powerful anesthetic as a sleep aid. Millions, possibly billions, of dollars are at stake.

WHAT HAPPENED

— Jurors heard opening statements in which both sides told them Michael Jackson struggled with prescription drug addiction. Katherine Jackson’s lawyers said AEG is the only entity that claims it didn’t know there was a problem, but the company’s lawyer countered that Jackson was so secretive about receiving the anesthetic propofol, only he and a few doctors knew about it.

— Testimony began with familiar faces from Murray’s criminal trial, including the first paramedic to reach Jackson’s bedroom on the day he died and a police detective who investigated Murray. Detective Orlando Martinez told jurors he believed the former doctor’s debts of roughly $1 million prompted him to bend or break rules in his care of Jackson.

WHAT THE JURY SAW

— Upon entering the courtroom, Katherine Jackson stood in the front row along with her son Randy and daughter Rebbie. They were among the first people that jurors likely saw in the packed courtroom.

— A video montage of private family photos of Jackson and his children, including one in which the singer presented younger son Blanket to President Bill Clinton. Jackson’s daughter Paris was seen clutching her father’s leg in the picture as the singer’s ode to his children, “You Are My Life,” played.

QUOTABLE MOMENTS

— “We’re not looking for any sympathy. We’re looking for truth and justice.” (Attorney Brian Panish, who represents Katherine Jackson and told jurors that the trial is the “whole story” of how Jackson died.)

— “The truth is, Michael Jackson fooled everyone. He made sure that no one, nobody, knew his deepest darkest secrets.” (Attorney Marvin S. Putnam, who represents AEG Live and told the jury that while Jackson’s death was a tragedy, the company isn’t responsible for it.)

OUTSIDE COURT

— On the trial’s first day, some of Jackson’s fans who couldn’t get a seat in the courtroom craned their necks to peek through tiny windows to get a glimpse of the proceedings.

— Court officials later established an overflow room with closed-circuit video of the proceedings for reporters and members of the public who can’t fit in the 45-seat courtroom.

WHAT’S NEXT

— In the upcoming week, coroners’ staff will testify about what killed Jackson and will likely be asked about the singer’s overall health when he died.

— Conrad Murray and Michael Jackson’s children could be called as witnesses in the months-long trial.

Sharon Osbourne To Testify in Michael Jackson Case

Rock matriarch Sharon Osbourne has been subpoenaed to testify in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial.

Opening statements in the battle between the King of Pop’s mother, Katherine Jackson, and concert promoters AEG Live began in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday and on Tuesday, Ozzy Osbourne’s wife was served with papers demanding her attendance to serve as a witness for the prosecution.

The TV personality had previously been named as a potential witness after confessing that she may have evidence to support Katherine’s claim that promoters were negligent in ignoring life-threatening health concerns while organizing the Thriller hitmaker’s doomed This Is It comeback gigs.

Speaking out during an episode of her chat show The Talk in early April, Osbourne said, “There were certain people that worked at that company (AEG Live) that knew that Michael Jackson was not well and didn’t care because it was business. And, at the end of the day, whether he performed or he didn’t, they would still make money, and I’ve had conversations with certain people at that company who have said exactly that to me.

“If they would like me to go to court, the Jackson family, I will stand up and tell you who said that to me.”

Osbourne was served with court papers shortly before filming began on Tuesday’s episode of The Talk, and she has no problem with the order.

She explains, “I was like, what do you do (after being served)? You do your duty. Somebody asks you to come to court, you are subpoenaed and you do your duty.”

Katherine Jackson is reportedly seeking more than $40 billion from AEG Live executives for loss of future earnings and other damages. She also wants the concert bosses to be held responsible for hiring Conrad Murray, the medic who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for causing the superstar’s death in 2009.

Katherine Jackson Regains Guardianship Of Grandchildren

Katherine Jackson regained guardianship of Michael Jackson’s three children Thursday, a week after Los Angeles Judge Mitchell Bleckloff named her grandson T.J. temporary guardian amid reports Katherine, 82, was being held against her will in Arizona. In Thursday’s hearing, Bleckoff said Katherine was doing “a wonderful job” taking care of Prince, 15, Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10.

“It’s clear that the kids love Mrs. Jackson and they are very well taken care of. They also love T.J. Jackson, and Mrs. Jackson is doing a terrific job with the children,” Bleckoff said.

T.J., 34, will remain temporary guardian for now. He will eventually share full guardianship with Katherine.

Katherine was temporarily stripped of guardianship last Wednesday after Beckloff said it appeared she was unable to act as guardian because of an “intentional act from third parties.” Hours after the decision, Katherine read a statement to ABC News denying she was held against her will. She said she was voluntarily enjoying a “short vacation and rest” at Miraval Resort & Spa.

“I am devastated that while I’ve been away … my grandchildren have been taken away from me, and I’m coming home to see about that,” Katherine said with her children Rebbie, Jermaine and Janet standing behind her.

“There are rumors going around about me that I have been kidnapped. I am here today to let everybody know that I am fine and I am here with my children, and my children would never do a thing to me like that, holding me against my will. It’s very stupid for people to think that,” she added.

Katherine Jackson Agrees to Share Guardianship of Grandchildren

Michael Jackson‘s mother has agreed to share guardianship of the King of Pop’s three children with their cousin TJ Jackson, after she was temporarily stripped of the responsibility on Wednesday.

A Los Angeles judge suspended Katherine Jackson as the prime caregiver of her grandkids Prince, Paris and Blanket, and appointed Tito Jackson’s son as their temporary guardian amidst a family feud, which began when the matriarch was reported missing last weekend.

The 82-year-old returned to the Calabasas, California home she shares with the youngsters on Thursday after a 10-day “vacation” at an Arizona resort, and she vowed to fight the court ruling to have her reinstated as guardian.

However, Katherine has since had a change of heart and on Friday, it was revealed that she had reached a deal with 34-year-old TJ to share guardianship at the request of teenager Prince and his siblings. A joint proposal, which will see TJ deal with administrative details, will be filed in court next week.

A statement released by Katherine’s attorney Perry Sanders reads: “Mrs. Jackson is extremely pleased with the prospect of enjoying the pleasure of raising Michael’s children without the day-to-day tedium of items such as managing the large staff that goes with such a high-profile family and focus her attention on being a grandmother and raising Michael’s children.

“She is eager to simply enjoy her great relationship with these children, while deeding over some of the stressors that go hand in hand with being a guardian.”

Meanwhile, Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff has ordered an independent investigation into the three children’s welfare to see how they are dealing with the family drama.

The report will include private interviews with each of the kids and will only be reviewed by the judge.

Katherine Jackson: I Was Not Held Against My Will

Hours after being temporarily stripped of guardianship of her late son’s three children, Katherine Jackson spoke out about the family drama that led up to the judge’s decision. In a statement read on camera to ABC News, the 82-year-old denied allegations her children held her against her will in Arizona. She said she was voluntarily enjoying a “short vacation and rest” at Miraval Resort & Spa.

“I am devastated that while I’ve been away … my grandchildren have been taken away from me, and I’m coming home to see about that,” Jackson said with her children Rebbie, Jermaine and Janet standing behind her.

“There are rumors going around about me that I have been kidnapped. I am here today to let everybody know that I am fine and I am here with my children, and my children would never do a thing to me like that, holding me against my will. It’s very stupid for people to think that,” she said.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff gave Michael Jackson’s nephew TJ temporary guardianship of Paris, Prince and Blanket in an emergency hearing on Wednesday. Beckloff said it appeared Katherine was unable to act as guardian because of an “intentional act from third parties.”

TJ’s attorney, Charles A. Schultz, told Beckloff there was “immediate harm to the minor children, there was a potential abduction at the house, in addition to a phone call from Katherine last night that gave us real concern”

“This is not a power play by TJ Jackson,” Beckloff said. “This is based on the allegation that Katherine Jackson is being prevented from acting as guardian.”

“We are looking at this as a Band-Aid until Miss Jackson returns or re-establishes contact with the kids,” said Schultz.

Katherine was given guardianship of the children after Michael Jackson died in 2009. She lives with the Prince, Paris and Blanket in a Calabasas home rented by the King of Pop’s estate. Earlier this week, police were called to the home after an altercation between two unnamed members of the family. The fight happened after Jackson siblings Janet, Randy and Jermaine allegedly attempted to remove Paris, Prince and Blanket from the home.

Katherine Jackson Suspended as Grandkids’ Guardian

Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine has been suspended as the guardian of the King of Pop’s three children following the controversy surrounding her recent trip to Arizona.

Katherine Jackson sparked concerns about her whereabouts and well-being following conflicting reports about her location.

The 82-year-old’s nephew, Trent Jackson, allegedly filed a missing persons report on July 21st after Katherine’s grandchildren were unable to contact her as she rested under doctors’ orders with her daughter Rebbie in Arizona, but her son Jermaine spoke out on July 22nd and claimed his mother was “fine”, a report which has since been backed up by police following a visit to Rebbie’s home.

However, Katherine’s sudden disappearance has raised questions over her ability to properly care for Michael’s kids Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket. So their cousin TJ – Tito Jackson’s son – headed to court for an emergency guardianship hearing in a bid to temporarily replace his grandmother.

During the court appearance, TJ Jackson choked back tears as he recalled a strange phone conversation with Katherine.

He said: “I’ve never heard my grandmother talk like that. She wasn’t sharp. The pauses, choice of vocabulary… she has not used certain phrases like that before.”

Judge Mitch Beckloff then approved TJ’s petition and named him temporary guardian, stating he had reason to believe his grandmother may be “prevented from acting as a guardian because of the acts of third parties.”

Katherine’s lawyer Sandra Ribera says, “We have reason to believe that Mrs. Jackson has been held against her will.”