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Family of Michael Jackson suing promoters for $40 billion

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Michael Jackson’s family are claiming $40 billion of lost future earnings from the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), the promoters behind the Pop Icon’s aborted comeback tours.

The late singer’s mother Katherine, and three children, Prince, 16, Paris, 14 and Michael Jr, 10 are allegedly seeking $10.2 billion in compensation, if Jackson was still alive and able to perform, and an additional $28.8 billion for various other damages.

Initial reports have indicated that the Jackson family’s alleged claim against the Entertainment group is for their negligent hiring of Conrad Murray, Jackson’s personal doctor.

Murray was found guilty of singer’s involuntary manslaughter in 2011, following Jackson’s death in June 2009.

Jackson aged 50, died after overdosing on sedative drugs Propofol and benzodiazepine. Murray had given the singer a dose of Propofol just before his death.

Late last year, leaked emails revealed that senior executives at AEG knew of the singer’s health problems prior to commencement of the “This Is It” tour, a sold-out series of 50 comeback concerts at the O2 Arena in London.

One email reportedly described Jackson as “an emotionally paralysed mess riddled with self-loathing and doubt now that it is show time”.

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, have since denied they were responsible for Murray’s decision-making resulting in Jackson’s death.

The entertainment company will battle the claim, which they view as “preposterous”, because they believed Jackson’s career was already in a downward spiral following child molestation allegations, as well as his self-exposed exile in the Middle East.

The Jackson family has not commented on the latest reports.

The civil case will begin in LA next month on April 2nd.

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