The Civil lawsuit filed against AEG, the promotions company that was bankrolling what was to be the final concert tour of pop icon Michael Jackson, will go to trial soon as jury selection began on Tuesday. The Jackson family has filed a wrongful death suit on behalf of the deceased singer, with pundits speculating the Jackson family could receive billions if AEG is found liable.
The biggest cliffhanger of this trial will be the answer to the question of whether AEG is responsible for the hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson’s personal physician, who was also to be on site with Michael throughout the tour to assist with his nedical issues and needs. Murray was later convicted in the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson and is currently serving a 4-year sentence in an L. A. area facility.
The Jackson family is reportedly demanding some $40 Billion in damages based on the estimated worth of what Jackson could have earned had he lived. However, an attorney for the family has said that neither Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, or any other member of the family has demanded any anount of money from AEG. But added that the amount awarded would be the amount the jury saw fit based on the evidence and facts of the trial.
Jackson’s children, Prince Michael and Paris could be among those giving testimony, as well as Quincy Jones and others.