Star-Studded Jackson Civil Trial Kicks Off Today

Prince, Spike Lee, and more on the witness list as mom sues concert promoter

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 29, 2013 8:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – Michael Jackson's doctor has already been held accountable in his death, and today his mother will set out to prove that his concert promoter should be, too. The wrongful death suit against Anschutz Entertainment Group promises to provide, according to the AP, the "most complete account" yet of Jackson's final days, and it's likely to make compelling TV thanks to a witness list that includes the likes of Prince, Spike Lee, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Lou Ferrigno, and Lisa Marie Presley.

All but one of the claims in Katherine Jackson's suit have already been dismissed, but the remaining one—that AEG failed to properly vet Conrad Murray—could lead to billions in damages. The LA Times is expecting the trial to take "a tour through the sensational," hitting on everything from Jackson's drug use to his troubled finances to the child molestation accusations against him.

In this Monday, Feb. 28, 2005 file photo, Michael Jackson follows his mother, Katherine Jackson, as they arrive for court on the opening day of his child molestation trial.
In this Monday, Feb. 28, 2005 file photo, Michael Jackson follows his mother, Katherine Jackson, as they arrive for court on the opening day of his child molestation trial.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
US singer Michael Jackson announces that he is set to play ten live concerts at the London O2 Arena in July, at the venue itself in south London, Thursday, March 5, 2009.
US singer Michael Jackson announces that he is set to play ten live concerts at the London O2 Arena in July, at the venue itself in south London, Thursday, March 5, 2009.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
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