Janet Jackson is determined to attend Dr. Conrad Murray’s upcoming involuntary manslaughter trial, because she wants to “see justice” served for the death of her beloved brother Michael.
The medic stands accused of administering the drug Propofol which killed the King of Pop in June, 2009.
Jackson has previously spoken out against Murray and blamed the physician for the singer’s death, telling talk show host Oprah Winfrey, “Yes, I do (blame him). He’s the one that was administering the drug, from what I do know.”
Murray has pleaded not guilty to the charge and will go to trial on 28 March (11) – and the Nasty hitmaker insists she will be front and centre in the Los Angeles courtroom with other grieving members of her famous family to witness proceedings.
In a candid TV interview with Meredith Vieira, she says, “It’s tough sitting in the courtroom.
“(But) it’s my brother, it’s my blood, he’s no longer here because of X, Y and Z. I think it’s important to every family who’s lost someone (to attend court). You want to see justice.”
A preview of Jackson’s interview aired on the Todayshow on Friday (11Feb11). The full chat will be broadcast on news programme Dateline on Sunday night (February 13).
Michael Jackson‘s choreographer Kenny Ortega has been dropped from a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the pop superstar’s grieving mother.
Katherine Jackson took legal action against bosses at AEG Live, the company behind the Thriller star’s planned This Is It concert comeback, for fraud and negligence.
Jackson accused AEG chiefs of failing to undertake background checks on her son’s personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray before hiring him. Murray stands accused of administering the fatal dose of Propofol which killed the singer in June, 2009.
The pop star’s mum also named show producer/director Ortega as a defendant, but he filed papers in January (11) demanding to be removed from the suit.
In the documents, his lawyers branded his inclusion “a gross error”, claiming, “Kenneth Ortega is not alleged to be involved in the medical treatment or administration of drugs that allegedly caused Michael Jackson’s death.” Now Katherine’s attorneys have accepted Ortega’s argument and removed him from the lawsuit.
Her lawyer, Kevin Boyle, tells TMZ.com, “Based on recently discovered information, the Jackson family has determined that Mr. Ortega should not be a defendant.
“The Jackson Family apologises for any discomfort or inconvenience this may have caused Mr. Ortega.”
The cast of hit TV musical Glee have paid tribute to Michael Jackson by recreating his iconic “Thriller” video for an upcoming episode.
Dianna Agron, Amber Riley and Kevin McHale were among the stars of the popular show who dressed up as zombies for the remake of the pop classic during a late night shoot on a school football field in Los Angeles last Friday (07Jan11).
The actors were joined by a marching band as they replicated the dance moves made famous in the 1983 mini-film.
The shoot will be part of the Glee Super Bowl episode, which will air after the annual American football championships on 6 February (11).
Gwyneth Paltrow is also set to make an appearance on the special.