Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Katherine Jackson branded ‘desperate’

Katherine Jackson

Katherine Jackson has been branded “desperate” by lawyers representing Conrad Murray as she plans to subpoena visitors’ records from his jail to prove a theory that he is conspiring with AEG Live.

The Jackson family matriarch is reportedly planning to file a motion suggesting Michael Jackson’s former physician is conspiring with bosses at AEG Live to foil her wrongful death lawsuit.

According to TMZ, Katherine plans to subpoena visitors’ logs from Los Angeles County Jail.

Murray is currently serving a four-year sentence at the institution following his conviction for involuntary manslaughter in Michael’s 2009 death.

Katherine is said to believe AEG sent its lawyers or other officers to speak with Murray about the litigation, possibly to coach him or to garner information to help with their defence.

Murray’s lawyer has slammed the suggestion.

"I believe the subpoena is a rather desperate, last-minute attempt by counsel for KJ and the children to try and find or create a surreptitious relationship between Dr. Murray and AEG,” attorney Valerie Wass told the website.

"There is and has been no such relationship,” she added.

The family is suing the firm for what they allege was negligence in hiring Murray to oversee Michael’s health while he prepared for his final series of concerts.

The $40 billion lawsuit accuses AEG Live of helping to cause Michael’s death by “pressuring him to prepare for his 2009 comeback concerts, despite his fragile health”.

The suit also says that AEG Live executives “hired and supervised Dr. Murray”, who has since been stripped of his medical licence.

Michael died from acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering from cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home under Murray’s supervision. The singer was 50-years-old.

TMZ earlier reported Murray has been added to the witness list in the AEG case.

Also set to testify are the King of Pop’s three children, several of his siblings, choreographer Kenneth Ortega, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Spike Lee and the star’s ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley.

AEG deny any wrongdoing.

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