Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos sets rules for the upcoming trial in Katherine Jackson's lawsuit against AEG Live. AEG's team is allowed to revisit events preceding Michael Jackson's death in 2009, including the issue of child molestation charges against the singer.
The judge apparently agrees with the concert promoter's lawyers that the sex abuse case may be relevant to MJ's history of drug abuse and despondency, while Katherine's attorneys argued it should not be brought up again because the late King of Pop was acquitted on all counts.
In the pre-trial hearing, the judge also says the plaintiffs, Michael's mother Katherine and children Paris, Prince and Blanket, could be called as witnesses. Dr. Conrad Murray who was convicted involuntary manslaughter of the singer's death could also be asked to testify, despite the plaintiffs' objection.
Katherine and her grandchildren from Michael sued AEG Live for millions of dollars, accusing the company of negligently hiring Murray and failing to properly supervise him during his duty of caring for the singer ahead of his "This Is It" concert series. MJ died from an anesthetic overdose before the gig was kicked off.
Before the case goes to trial on April 2, Katherine and her teen grandchildren have been called sit for deposition by AEG's lawyers. They also wanted to depose Blanket, who was only 6 when Michael died, but his doctor argued it would be "medically detrimental" to him.
Prince, 16, was deposed earlier this month. The family's lawyers complained that AEG's team asked irrelevant and repetitive personal questions designed "to agitate the boy, creating serious concern among his guardians and attorneys," but the defendants insisted they only asked "legitimate questions appropriate to a wrongful death suit."
The Jackson's lawyers also had objection to the questioning of Katherine, 82. The family matriarch was allegedly interviewed for nine hours over three days and AEG's lawyers are still asking for a fourth chance. The attorneys representing the family believed the session could have been easily done in two or three hours.
Paris was being questioned Thursday, March 21. She was spotted wearing a blue top, jeans, and brown Ugg boots. Her co-guardian, TJ Jackson, was seen accompanying her.