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Jackson bodyguard: 'Michael isolated himself'

A former bodyguard of Michael Jackson's told Daybreak the late pop star willingly isolated himself from his showbiz family as he became more dependent on prescription medication.

Matt Fiddes said his former employer spiralled so far into drug dependency he faked breaking a leg prior to a trip to Oxford University, just so he could bring a doctor with him.

Jury unanimously rules against Jackson family's case

A jury has unanimously ruled that the promoter of Michael Jackson's comeback concerts was not negligent in hiring the doctor who killed the superstar with a drug overdose, five months after the case first started.

Katherine Jackson lost her case against AEG Live. Credit: Reuters

The pop star's mother Katherine Jackson sought to hold AEG Live responsible for her son's death, arguing that they had hired Dr Conrad Murray without considering whether he was fit for the job.

AEG Live denied any wrongdoing and said it was Jackson who hired Murray.

Katherine Jackson was seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for both herself and her son's three children.

Murray was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter after giving Jackson the overdose.

Jackson family await verdict in negligence trial

A jury has reached a verdict in a case claiming the promoter of Michael Jackson's comeback concert was negligent in hiring the doctor who killed him, more than five months after the start of the trial that offered an unprecedented look into the superstar's private life.

Michael Jackson gestures during a news conference at the O2 Arena in London in 2009 when he announced the tour. Credit: Reuters

Jackson's mother brought the lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live LLC over the hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol in 2009.

Katherine Jackson claimed AEG should have done a thorough background check on Murray.

The company denied hiring the doctor and said he had been picked by the singer as the doctor for his upcoming shows.


Beat It: Fulham's Jackson statue 'to be removed'

The Michael Jackson statue outside Fulham's Craven Cottage stadium is set to be removed and returned to former owner Mohamed Al Fayed, according to The Daily Mail.

The Michael Jackson statue outside Craven Cottage is reportedly set to be removed. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Al Fayed told fans shortly after the monument was erected in 2011 that they could "go to hell" if they did not like it.

He also joked that Fulham's new owner Shahid Khan would be in "big trouble" if the sculpture was removed.

However, it now appears that Al Fayed will take the statue to another one of his properties.

A Fulham spokesperson told the newspaper: "The statue is not part of the Riverside development of the stadium and will be returned to the former chairman in due course."

Paris Jackson 'doing much better' says Grandmother

Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris, is "doing much better" according to her Grandmother and legal guardian, Katherine, after her reported suicide bid earlier this year.

The 83-year-old Jackson family matriarch told Hello! Magazine, Paris was "in a good place" and "getting the help she needs".

Katherine and her grand-daughter Paris at a ceremony honouring the late Michael Jackson last year. Credit: PA

Fifteen-year-old Paris was rushed to hospital in June after cutting her wrists and swallowing a large number of over-the-counter painkillers at the Jackson family home in Los Angeles.

Katherine was upbeat about the help Paris was receiving: "The treatment is going good, really good. She's my baby. It's hard for me, really hard. All I wanted these kids to be is happy.

"The night Michael died Paris was crying and said 'I want to go and see Daddy, I don't want to be without him'."

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