A jury cleared concert promoter AEG Live on Wednesday of negligence in the hiring of the doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson.
The panel unanimously rejected a lawsuit brought by Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, that sought to financially punish AEG Live LLC, the promoters of her son’s “This Is It” concerts planned for London. She told reporters she was OK after the verdict.
A victory could have meant hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for Katherine Jackson and the singer’s three children and provided a rebuke of AEG Live LLC, the nation’s second-largest concert promoter.
Lawyers for Katherine Jackson argued that AEG Live hired Dr. Conrad Murray to be the singer’s physician without considering whether he was fit for the job.
AEG Live denied any wrongdoing and said it was Jackson who hired Murray, who was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter after giving Jackson the overdose as he prepared for a series of comeback shows.
Son is ‘possibly’ Sinatra’s: Mia Farrow says in an interview with Vanity Fair that it’s possible her son with Woody Allen is instead Frank Sinatra’s. Farrow told the magazine that she and Sinatra “never really split up” and when asked if Ronan Farrow might actually be Sinatra’s son, she answered, “Possibly.” Mia Farrow was married to Sinatra for 18 months. The singer’s daughter, Nancy Sinatra Jr., told the magazine that Ronan “is a big part of us, and we are blessed to have him in our lives.” Farrow and Allen had a 12-year relationship but split in 1992, when the actress discovered the director was having an affair with her adopted daughter from another marriage, Soon-Yi Previn, now Allen’s wife.
Rapper looks ahead post-prison: Ja Rule, who recently spent nearly two years behind bars for illegal gun possession, landed a role in a movie because screenwriter Galley Molina empathized with the rapper’s missteps. “People used to ask, ‘Well, you know he’s a felon?’ And I would say, ‘Well, so am I,’” recalled Molina, a 44-year-old pastor who was locked up for five years for drug trafficking. “I know what type of dude he is and he was probably one of the most professional guys on the set.” “I’m in Love With a Church Girl,” will debut Oct. 18 in more than 500 theaters. Ja Rule stars as a high-level drug dealer who struggles to leave his illegal lifestyle behind after getting into a serious relationship with a church-going woman played by Adrienne Bailon of Cheetah Girls and 3LW fame. Stephen Baldwin, “Sopranos” actor Vincent Pastore and Michael Madsen also appear in the movie.