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Michael Jackson mum must pay $800,000 to concert promoter

PAY UP: Katherine Jackson has been ordered to pay AEG Live $800,000 (PA)

AN AMERICAN court has ordered Michael Jackson’s mother to pay concert promoters AEG Live $800,000 (£480,000) to cover its legal costs defending a negligence case the singer’s family brought against them following Jackson’s death in 2009.

The case’s judge ruled in favour of the company, which was cleared of liability over the King of Pop’s death from acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles.

The Jackson family and the star’s mother Katherine had argued that AEG was responsible for choosing Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, and therefore played a part in the Beat It singer’s death.

However, following a five-month trial that finished last October, the concert promoter was cleared.

AEG originally demanded that the Jackson family pay them $1.2m (£720,000) to cover its expenses, but the lawyers for Mrs Jackson disputed the figure.

The $800,000 sum will not be contest by either parties, but they could still appeal.

Marvin Putnam, AEG’s lawyer, said the ruling to order Mrs Jackson to pay the company’s costs was correct after “having to defend a matter that she should have never brought in the first place”.

The case against AEG was brought in 2010 after the family claimed the company had been negligent in hiring Murray, who was released from jail last October.

But the court ruled that Murray was able to carry out his job as Jackson’s doctor, meaning AEG had not acted negligently.

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