Jackson's mother says he denied prescription drug problem

Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:48pm EDT
 
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By Dana Feldman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The mother of Michael Jackson testified on Monday in her wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live that the late pop star denied he was abusing prescription drugs when she confronted him in the years before his death.

Katherine Jackson, 83, said under cross-examination that she and her family had heard rumors that the singer was abusing pain medications but never saw him under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the final years of his life.

"I told him I heard that he was using prescription drugs," the Jackson family matriarch told jurors in her second day on the stand in the trial in which she and Jackson's children are suing AEG Live over the singer's death.

AEG has argued that Jackson had prescription drug and addiction problems for years before entering into any agreement with the company.

The King of Pop died at age 50 in June 2009 in Los Angeles from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol while preparing for his "This Is It" series of comeback shows in London.

The lawsuit alleges that privately held AEG Live hired Dr Conrad Murray as his personal physician. Murray was caring for the singer as he rehearsed for the shows and the doctor was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for administering the propofol that killed Jackson.

Katherine Jackson, dressed in a purple and white coat and a dark pink top, said she confronted her son about the rumors at his Las Vegas residence, where he lived from 2006 to 2008. She did not say exactly when she brought up her concerns.

"He didn't want me to worry," Jackson said when questioned by AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam about whether she knew he would deny the rumors.   Continued...

 
A courtroom sketch depicting the testimony of Katherine Jackson, mother of late pop star Michael Jackson, is pictured during Katherine Jackson's negligence suit against AEG Live at Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles, California July 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mona Edwards