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AEG trial hears Paris Jackson video testimony

20 june 2013, 14:33
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Michael Jackson's daughter Paris. ©REUTERS/Phil McCarten
Michael Jackson's daughter Paris. ©REUTERS/Phil McCarten
Paris Jackson recalled how her father's ex-nanny would sneak into his bed, in testimony played at the trial between the late King of Pop's family and the promoters of his last doomed tour, AFP reports.

Michael Jackson's daughter, who tried to commit suicide earlier this month, recorded a video deposition in March ahead of the start of the trial between the Jacksons and promoter AEG Live.

The 15-year-old, who is a party to the trial along with her grandmother Katherine and two siblings, was originally on the witness list for the trial, but is now unlikely to take the stand.

Instead, lawyers began playing clips Tuesday from the teenager's pre-recorded deposition, including one in which she recounts how a former nanny, Grace Rwaramba, was obsessed with Jackson.

"My dad didn't like her, so he tried to keep him away from us," Paris Jackson told lawyers, giving testimony under oath on March 21. "He said she was sneaky, she wasn't an honest person and she lied a lot."

Prefacing the story by saying "This is going to freak you out," she recounted: "When he'd stay in a hotel or whatever, she would call like the hotel and say that she was his wife -- she was obsessed with him.

"She'd call and say that she was his wife, and they'd let her in, and he'd wake up and she'd be like in his bed," she said in the video shown by celebrity news website TMZ, as well as CNN.

"That's what he told us. Yeah, it's kinda freaky," she told the lawyers.

Michael Jackson's mother Katherine and his three children Prince, Paris and "Blanket" are suing AEG Live alleging that it negligently hired doctor Conrad Murray to care for the star as he prepared for his doomed "This is It" tour.

Jackson died on June 25, 2009 from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, which Murray was giving him to help the singer with chronic insomnia. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011, and jailed for four years.

Paris Jackson was rushed to hospital on June 5 after trying to commit suicide, reportedly by cutting a wrist and taking 20 Motrin (ibuprofen) pills at the family home in Calabasas, northwest of Los Angeles.

The teenager, whose father died in 2009, was put on a 72-hour psychiatric hold in hospital, a family source said, adding that Paris suffered from depression and had previously reported suicidal thoughts.

The trial continued Wednesday.

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