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Jackson doc's lawyers get footage

Michael Jackson's doctor Dr Conrad Murray and his lawyers are allowed to watch 100 hours of raw footage from the late star's This Is It concert rehearsals ahead of his trial for involuntary manslaughter.

Sony Pictures Entertainment has agreed to provide a private screening for Murray and his legal team but, according to court documents, they will not be allowed to make public statements about what they see.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the superstar's death on June 25, 2009, from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol and other sedatives. His trial begins in September.

The issue arose when Murray's prosecutors announced they planned to show jurors excerpts from the concert film Michael Jackson's This Is It, to show Jackson was in good health in the days before his death.

The defence argue that scenes showing Jackson in frail health during rehearsals may have been edited out of the movie.

They said there are more than 100 hours of footage from which the movie was derived. Jackson was rehearsing for a planned concert in London when he died. The movie was issued posthumously.

Sony resisted the defence request at first and the company's lawyer said he was concerned the material would leak out and go viral on the Internet.

The parties later reached agreement.

"Sony has agreed to allow Dr Murray and his counsel to inspect and view the materials in question at a location to be designated by Sony Pictures Entertainment," the stipulation said.

After the viewing, it said, lawyers will prepare a log of segments they want to obtain for use in Murray's case.

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