Michael Jackson's ex-wife says daughter Paris is 'devastated'

Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:29pm EDT
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By Brandon Lowrey

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson's ex-wife said in a Los Angeles court on Thursday that their daughter Paris is "devastated" over her father's death and "doesn't feel like she has a life."

Debbie Rowe, 54, broke into tears and sobbed loudly while answering questions under cross-examination about 15-year-old Paris and the teenager's recent suicide attempt.

"Her father is dead. I almost lost my daughter," Rowe said in Los Angeles Superior Court, which is hearing a lawsuit brought by Jackson's family against concert promoter AEG Live.

"She tried to kill herself," said Rowe, who grew so emotional that the court adjourned for a break, and she was not called back to testify. "She is devastated. She doesn't have a life. She doesn't feel like she has a life anymore."

Rowe does not have custody over her children, Paris and Prince, who live with their grandmother, Katherine Jackson. Michael Jackson's other child, Prince Michael II, known as Blanket, also lives with Katherine Jackson.

Katherine Jackson and Jackson's children are suing AEG Live over the singer's 2009 death in Los Angeles from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol, alleging that the privately held company negligently hired Conrad Murray as Jackson's personal physician and ignored signs that the singer was in poor health prior to his death.

This is Rowe's second day testifying in the trial in which she was called to the stand by AEG Live.

Rowe, who has rarely spoken publicly about Jackson or her children, was married to the "Thriller" singer from 1996 to 1999 and is the mother of his two eldest children, Paris and 16-year-old Prince.   Continued...

A courtroom sketch depicting the testimony of Debbie Rowe, ex-wife of singer Michael Jackson, is pictured during Katherine Jackson's negligence suit against AEG Live, at Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles, California August 14, 2013. REUTERS/Mona Edwards