LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson‘s mother, Katherine Jackson, testified Monday that she does not believe her son had any responsibility for his own death.
Katherine Jackson was responding to a question from attorney Marvin Putnam, who represents AEG Live LLC, the promoter of her son’s ill-fated “This Is It” concerts.
Katherine Jackson, 83, is suing AEG Live, claiming it failed to properly investigate Dr. Conrad Murray, who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving the singer an overdose of the anesthetic propofol.
Putnam told jurors during opening statements in the negligence lawsuit in April that the case centered on personal responsibility — specifically Michael Jackson’s decision to ask Murray to administer propofol as a sleep aid while he prepared for his shows.
AEG Live denies it hired the doctor or bears any responsibility for Michael Jackson’s death.
Katherine Jackson said she believes AEG Live hired Murray, not her son. She said she never heard of the cardiologist until her son died, and indicated that she felt Murray bore responsibility for her son’s death.
“Even though he asked for it, he could have said no,” Katherine Jackson said of Murray.
She said she asked prosecutors to drop a $100 million restitution claim against Murray because he has several children.
“His money should go to the children,” she said.
Putnam also asked Katherine Jackson about her son’s payments to her over the years. She said he directly paid many of the expenses on her home and would occasionally give her cash as a gift.
Katherine Jackson said she didn’t keep track of the payments and appeared to grow annoyed at the questions.