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Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:28

Trial against Michael Jackson promoter begins with opening statements

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Which picture of Michael Jackson will jurors buy - the one of him as a brilliant pop star done in by a conniving promoter or a secretive drug addict? Both images of the late pop star were drawn by attorneys during opening arguments in his mother's wrongful death case against concert promoter AEG Live. Katherine Jackson says the concert promoter was negligent for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray - convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's June, 2009 death. But an attorney for AEG says while Jackson's death was tragic, the singer hid from people the fact that he was using the powerful anesthetic propofol. A jury of six men and six women will determine whether AEG should pay Jackson's mother and three children for their losses. Millions and possibly billions of dollars in damages are at stake in the case.