The matriarch of the Jackson family took the stand Friday in the family’s wrongful death lawsuit against AEG, the company that promoted Michael Jackson’s last tour.
The Jackson family is accusing AEG of being negligent for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to take care of Jackson during his last tour.
The 83-year-old apologized for being nervous, and said she was testifying because she wants to find out what happened to her son.
"The most difficult thing for me to do is to sit here in court and listen to all the bad things about my son,” she said, according to Alan Duke, HLN’s correspondent attending the trial. “It makes me feel bad, because my son was a very good person, he loved everybody, he gave to charity, he’s in the Guinness Book of World Records for giving to charity,” she said.
The pop star died on June 25, 2009, and the Los Angeles Coroner's Office declared the cause of death was acute propofol intoxication with benzodiazepine effect. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jackson, to whom he routinely administered a narcotic typically used to sedate patients for operations to help the music star sleep. The central issue of the case against AEG is whether the promoter hired Murray to be Jackson’s doctor for the tour.
The civil suit is in it 51st day and Katherine Jackson has attended almost every day of the proceedings. Duke said the jurors appear to be captivated by her testimony.
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