Michael Jackson’s family yesterday started their bid for $40 billion in compensation over the drug induced death of the King of Pop.
The singer’s mother Katherine, 82, and his three children are suing the company behind the star’s long awaited This Is It comeback concerts, AEGLive, for negligence, mirror.co.uk reports.
The promoters claim Jackson was responsible for his own demise due in part to his addiction to drugs.
As the jury were sworn in US legal experts said the trial was expected to become “incredibly nasty”.
Accusations of child molestation, which he was acquitted of in 2005, and his addiction to drugs are likely to be presented by AEG lawyers subjecting his family to further pain.
The children – Prince Michael, Paris and 10-year-old Blanket – along with their grandmother are demanding the compensation accusing the promoter of being negligent in hiring Dr Conrad Murray.
They also claim AEG were guilty of neglect in the supervision of the convicted physician in the $40 billion lawsuit.