Opening Statements In Jackson Family Suit Against AEG Live Begin Monday

CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The most complete account of Michael Jackson’s final months is about to unfold in a cramped Los Angeles courtroom nearly four years after the pop superstar’s death.

Lawyers for Jackson’s mother will attempt to convince a jury that the company promoting the pop superstar’s 2009 comeback concerts is responsible for his untimely death. The attorneys will try to prove that AEG Live hired and controlled the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter over Jackson’s demise.

AEG Live denies any wrongdoing and contests that they hired the physician who for months was giving Jackson doses of a powerful anesthetic in the singer’s bedroom to help him sleep.

Opening statements on Monday will provide a roadmap for a case that will delve into Jackson’s addiction struggles and issues previously unexplored in court. Many of those in the singer’s orbit – family, famous friends, doctors and his teenage children –…

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