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Katherine Jackson: Michael was a good person

Katherine Jackson testified in the civil trial against AEG Live on Friday.

It was an emotional day in court as Katherine Jackson, 83, testified about the loving son and father the singer was before his 2009 death.

She also admitted the past 12 weeks of testimony have been hard for her to hear.

"The most difficult thing is to sit in this court and listen to all the bad things they’re saying about my son. A lot of those things are just not the truth,” the matriarch told jurors.

"I know my son was a very good person. He loved everybody. He was in the Guinness Book of World Records for the entertainer who gave the most to charity,” she continued.

The Jackson family attorney showed jurors a photo of Michael as a young child.

Katherine recalled the King of Pop as an energetic boy who grew up to be a caring and admirable man who enraptured the world with his talent.

"Michael was always sensitive and loving,” Katherine said. “Yes, he was born that way. Even in my arms, he couldn't keep still. He was dancing to the music."

Katherine is suing AEG Live for what she alleges was negligence in the hiring and supervision of Conrad Murray.

Murray was hired as Michael Jackson’s doctor while the singer prepared for his ill-fated This Is It comeback concert series in London.

The physician was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter for administering the fatal dose of the anaesthetic propofol that killed the star at age 50. Murray is currently serving a four-year sentence in a Los Angeles County jail.

Michael Jackson left behind three children, Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket. Katherine is co-guardian of the children alongside Michael Jackson’s nephew, TJ Jackson.

AEG executives deny any wrongdoing and say they did not hire Murray. The defendant also claims Michael Jackson sought out the drug without their knowledge.

The trial continues.

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