Michael Jackson compensation trial begins

  • Lawyers for Michael Jackson's mother opened their case for compensation from the promoter of his final tour.

    Monday’s trial is the second over the late King of Pop's 2009 death.

    Katherine Jackson was present at the Los Angeles court for the start of the trial, which sees her take on AEG Live, whom she blames for negligently hiring Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted over her son’s killing.

    Murray was convicted and jailed in 2011 for involuntary manslaughter after he was found guilty of giving the singer a sleeping drug overdose.

    Jackson's family hopes to win billions of dollars in damages from the tour promoter.

    Murray could be called to give evidence.

    The case began almost four years after Michael Jackson's death and is expected to last more than three months.

    The singer died at his Los Angeles home on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50 from an overdose of the sedative propofol, administered by Murray to help him deal with chronic insomnia.

    At the time of his death, he was preparing for a series of shows in London, organised by the Anschutz Entertainment Group.

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