The jury in the
The verdict will be read at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time and broadcast live.
Jackson’s mother and three children brought the lawsuit, saying AEG Live hired and supervised
Conrad Murray, the Las Vegas doctor who gave the singer a fatal dose of a powerful anesthetic while he was rehearsing for 50 sold-out concerts in London, with a possible world tour to follow.
The family’s attorney painted a picture of a cold, calculating entertainment enterprise that failed to notice that Murray was financially desperate and then pushed the physician to get Jackson ready to tour even though the singer was in frail health and was crippled by fear.
"They're going to kill me, they're going to kill me,'" Jackson’s eldest son, Prince, testified, recalling the singer's words in one his final conversations with his father.
The Jackson family’s legal team asked jurors to award $85 million to each of the pop star’s children and another $35 million to his mother. In addition, lawyers suggested AEG be asked to pay as much as $1.5 billion in economic losses.
AEG tried turning the tables during the trial, all but putting Michael Jackson on trial. AEG said Jackson was the one who brought aboard Murray and that the singer was a fully-formed drug user who had demanded anesthetics as a sleep aid during earlier tours. AEG said it was Jackson who planted the seeds of his demise.