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Trial gives behind-the-scenes of Jackson shows

August 11, 2013 • Entertainment


FILE – This Oct. 27, 2009 file photo shows atmosphere at Columbia Pictures’ Premiere of Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, in Los Angeles. Jurors hearing a case filed by Katherine Jackson over her son Michael’s death have received a behind-the-scenes look at the superstar’s troubles off-camera as he prepared for his ill-fated comeback shows. The panel was reminded on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, of statements describing the “Thriller” singer as deteriorating and slow to pick up material for the shows that would heavily feature the hits that made him famous, but defense attorneys for concert promoter AEG Live LLC say the “This Is It” footage is an accurate portrayal of his preparations and doesn’t show Jackson in decline. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP Images, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly four years ago, audiences got their last look at Michael Jackson in the top-grossing concert film of all time, “This Is It.” Tens of millions worldwide saw a seemingly healthy and confident performer sing and glide across a rehearsal stage as he prepared for his ill-fated comeback tour.

Now, those same sessions are being replayed for a new audience: jurors in a case filed by Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, claiming concert promoter AEG Live should be held liable for his untimely death in June 2009.

Through testimony and evidence, the panel has seen a very different picture of Jackson — one framed by descriptions such as “skeletal,” ”lost,” absent from rehearsals and unable to perform songs that made him a superstar.

In a darkened courtroom, and in stark contrast, the jurors have also seen clips of the concert film — visibly captivated by Jackson’s Login to read more

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