Jacksons – AEG trial. The testimony of Michael Jackson’s son PRINCE. Tweets from TeamMichaelJackson
Please don’t pay attention to the spelling, I’ve corrected some abbreviations the way I understood them:
(Prince) Michael Jackson’s testimony June 26th #Jackson V AEG
26th June 2013 from TwitLonger
Taj Jackson, Mrs Jackson are in the court room with Prince, numerous security are in the hallway. Three bailiffs inside the court room by the door, others sheriffs outside the door.
Michael Joseph Jackson Jr was just sworn in. Originally was named Prince, because it runs in the family, then changed to Michael Joseph Jackson Jr
Have you ever testified in court before? No sir. Are you nervous? Yes sir. Don’t be nervous you are amongst family/friends.
Prince states his siblings’ full names, and date of births. Attends Buckley school in Sherman Oaks just finished 3rd year there.
In soft more, shows exhibit of image of Katherine Jackson. Prince and Paris on first day of school. Is currently honors of National [?] Society
Outside of school does martial arts, in school works on making jewelry, robotics, competes them in national competition
(What a well mannered sweet gentle little man)
Learning is important because that’s something Dad taught me, wants to go college to do business. When was young Dad used to teach me to make movies. My Dad gave me a necklace that had cameras in it, says its important to have the right shot.
Enjoys community work such as the children’s hospital, “literally healing” for children who need books, says father taught him
to give back to the community and help as much as we can, got all his desires from his father.
Says lived in Neverland property owned by father, stayed a lot in Disneyland in Paris. Remembers living in Santa Barbara till 6 years old, until police went into our house and ruined it.
For my dad. Shows image of MJ at piano, says I was trying to play, Prince looks 2 years old. Says loves music but does not have talent like dad.
Shows image of Prince with Paris laying beside him as a newborn baby, shows image of three at birthday party, at Neverland.
Has water gun, another picture of Prince. Panish says you always looked dressed up, Prince says dad wanted us to look nice so…
Someday when we have children we can show our children, shows picture of Paris, then Paris with tiara white dress, walking on wall
Shows more pictures of Michael Jackson, Prince, Paris, Blanket, says dad built the house for us – Neverland. It was very home place, from chef to housekeepers were like family to us.
Shows the zoo, video, (DAMN CONRAD MURRAY ATTORNEY JUST WALKED IN, USHERED OVER BY SABRINA STRONG WHERE TO SIT)
Says my dad loved making videos, shows video of Prince Paris on vehicles inside the house at NeverLand (DAMN MURRAY’S ATTORNEY TELLING ME TO MOVE, TOLD HER TO STFU!!!!!! COMPLAINED TO SHERIFF, MADE HER MOVE AWAY FROM ME)
Shows video of Prince and Paris singing with Michael, Prince says he picked the videos and pictures to show here today.
Video plays “This ones for all the children” ;,,,
After lived at Neverland traveled for a bit, Bahrain, Dubai, remembers staying in Vegas, father had lots of business he was doing.
In Ireland music always brought us with him, loved going with his dad, would be Prince, Paris, Blanket with either nanny or teacher.
Nanny changed from time to time, Grace was one, education and learning was always important to father.
Talked a lot about religion/ cultures, had normal education always, taught us to think for ourselves.
If anything happened to us father taught us to learn from it, to use it as a learning experience. Watched movies with father together.
First would watch movie without sound, father would teach how wide shots, close shots worked, then would watch it with sound.
Father would tell us how that could break make a movie, shows video, Michael interviewing Prince, Paris, Blanket.
Asking them their age, what does 25 December mean, love/family, MJ asks Blanket what you’re going to do, break the world when you get old “Paris I want you say tell me what you want to do, search you heart, search you heart?” “Help children”
“What’s Prince going to be, I want to make Movies”
Panish asks who tied your tie, says dad taught me to tie it, video was taken Christmas of 07/08, Prince says he was 9.
Did you learn from your father anything about work? I learned all my work ethics from my dad, dad could never sit around and do nothing.
I am the same, would you describe you dad as lazy? No not at all.
Me and my sister found out about a concert on video once, we saw girls crying and being carried out on stretchers.
Shows Prince, Paris, Blanket with mask, when we were little masks were normal, now I get followed all the time, now I understand why he did it.
Grace worked on production company, then lived with us for 12 years, shows picture of Grace, MJ and Prince, Grace has on denim jacket. Prince has on mask, shows picture of Grace holding Prince/Paris hands, denim jacket on, show picture of Grace Blanket and Paris.
Dad did not let us go out with anything, but let us go out with Grace. Have you seen video where Paris said something bad about Grace? Yes.
Why did she say that? We were having a hard time with losing out father, but my sister is with Grace now.
Grace was fired, when she came back my brother/sister and I were very happy to see her, 06/07 traveled a lot
But can’t remember when, where. Asked why moved to Vegas, Dad wanted to buy a house for us, we saw a house the Bahraini family had began to build but didn’t finish it, dad wanted to buy it. Says Tohme was involved in that.
Says we had a dog but Dad was terrified of dogs, asked if MJ make a song for you, says yes, plays song “You are my life”;,-((
Whilst song plays numerous videos of Prince, Paris and Blanket with MJ are played, Prince says he was very happy then.
Then there came a time when I heard father was going to go on tour at 02, lived at Bel Air, then moved to house in CarolWood.
Moved before Christmas, but doesn’t remember number of house, met Tohme, Randy Phillips, knows nothing about business
except what father told him, MJ wasn’t happy. Did your father tell you anything about Phillips? Yes, OBJECTIONS.
Who lived with you, housekeepers, nannies, was 12yrs old, Dad was very excited about the tour, it would be last time.
We would see him perform, saw MJ perform once but can’t remember, Dad used to rehearse for shows.
But was tired when he came home, wish he had more time, heard dad get upset on the phone mostly was with Randy Phillips.
Dad would cry after the call, saying they are going to kill me, they going to kill me, OBJECTION
HE SAID AEG, RANDY PHILLIPS, FR TOHME ARE GOING TO KILL ME, saw Phillips at the house couple of times.
Dad was not a fighter. Was like my grandma, always too kind, when we were in Beverly Hills hotel dad yelled at Tohme and cussed at him. Me and my sister didn’t like being around him, my dad was always calm person but became upset when on the phone with Tohme
At Bel Air hotel was last time my dad spoke to Tohme. Knows Conrad Murray first met him in Vegas, came over multiple times to treat us for colds, never stayed overnight, my dad was always there, when first living at CarolWood Nurse Lee would come, not Murray, later Murray was around more, would come every day except Sunday.
He would spend the night at our home, saw him give my dad IV injections, thought it was vitamins, first was in library, then moved to the 2nd bedroom upstairs. Shows plan of upstairs of Carolwood.
Says Dad always wrote notes to himself, sometime would be song lyrics, or comments from Ghandi, Martin Luther King, shows picture of notes, says sometimes wrote on the mirror
This is something dad did throughout his life. Back to diagram of house, shows bedroom 3 as Prince room, Blanket had
his own room but would sleep with Prince at times, Paris had her own room, got Blanket got his name by hearing
Someone address “Big blanket” as blessings, so dad called him blanket as a blessing. Says dads door was locked at Carolwood.
Understood dad locked the room so dad could do skype because he was doing meditation with someone in India.
Says saw IV, oxygen tanks in security booth, also saw them right in front of the house, was not concerned seeing Murray at the house, thought he was there to keep dad healthy.
Dad used to give me few hundreds dollars to give Murray because AEG didn’t pay him. My dad would tell me to give it to him to help him, couple hundred, stack of dollars sometimes didn’t know how much.
Was surprised to see Randy Phillips at the house because dad was not at the house, once he came with Tohme.
Saw Phillips talking to Murray when dad was not there, looks very aggressive to me, dad was at rehearsals.
It was night time, he was grabbing Murray by the elbow and pointing his hands around, I AM SURE IT WAS NIGHT BEFORE DAD DIED
Can’t remember seeing Phillips other times, Prince says he contacted his dad that night Phillips was there.
Prince asked them if they would like anything to eat, and b(r)ought them out chips and salsa, then Phillips was grabbing Murray’s arm again talking to him at the bottom of the stairs, WAS SURPRISED TOHME WAS AT THE HOUSE WITH PHILLIPS.
Hadn’t seen Tohme for a while, felt dad was healthy at the time, but seeing pictures of him now he seemed malnourished.
Some days dad would come downstairs and say he was freezing cold, it was summer, some days he was hot.
Last conversation with dad was on the phone when I told him Randy Phillips was in the house.
Learned something was wrong when was downstairs until there was yelling, I bolted out the room, Kai told me Dr Murray wanted me upstairs, then Alvarez came in, MY DAD WAS HANGING HALF OFF THE BED, HIS EYES WERE ROLLED TO BACK OF HIS HEAD
THEN my sister came upstairs, she was screaming the whole time saying she wants her daddy, (sorry missed ,,,,,,,,,)
Remembers going to memorial, shows picture of Prince, Paris, Blanket on stage, says sister just took the microphone and spoke, wasn’t planned “ever since I was born daddy had been the best father you could imagine, just want to say I love him so much”
Shows picture of Prince, Paris, Blanket in Indiana at a match. Another picture of Prince at children’s hospital with dark glasses on, shows image of Katherine Jackson, Prince, Paris, Blanket. But Prince can’t remember where it’s from, it’s actually from Chinese theatre.
Shows picture of Prince and children, says I wore the same suit my dad wore when he went to that same charity years ago.
Shows image of Prince during “Cast&Crew” interview on E Online. Says I told my aunt I wanted to do something she b(r)ought this to me
Shows picture of Paris, cant remember where taken, says actually it was something to do with Cirque du Soleil
Says Taj Jackson and grandma are present guardians, are doing a great job, but will never be the same.
Effected by fathers loss, cant sleep at night, became emotionally distanced from people.
Wanted to share so much with dad, driving, new girlfriends, excellence in school.
Says he tries to make father proud of him, Paris out of all of us it’s hurt her the hardest, she was my dad Princess,
She definitely dealt with it the wrong way, she’s going through hard times now, my cousin TJ is helping her, we don’t celebrate birthdays, its not the same without him.
Blanket has birthday parties, we like that, right now Blanket doesn’t realize what he has lost, he is still growing up, he doesn’t have my dad to guide him, we are doing the best we can, miss our father a lot, not a day we don’t.
CROSS EXAMINATION BY PUTNAM
I’m just going to ask you couple questions; you talked about your dad paying Conrad Murray? I saw my dad offer him money but Murray wouldn’t take it.
I want to show you your depositions…… but AEG only want to play few lines, but Plaintiff want more lies played for completeness
AEG says we don’t have that part, can we play that first, Judge says well it doesn’t take that long, so AEG attorneys prepare it, but object, are we going to do this all the time, Judge replies let’s take it one at a time!!!
Deposition played follows:
- “Did you see how he paid CM? I saw him couple time. Was it cash at CW? He never took cash, my dad would give us the cash then Dr Murray would only take a portion of it”
Back to live court,
Did your dad pay CM in Vegas? Yes my dad paid him in cash until the contract.
So it was just in Vegas? Yes.
I asked you another time about paying Conrad Murray cash in Vegas or LA. You told me in Vegas he would also give him cash? I can’t remember word per word, but only remember my dad paying him in Vegas
Did you dad pay him in checks? I don’t think so, I didn’t see that.
All the time Conrad Murray treated you in Vegas it was cash? From what I remember yes.
Did your father ever pay Conrad Murray in cash in LA? Not directly, he always had us give it to him, dad would give us couple hundred but CM would only take portion of it.
Why did you dad give it to you, his son as apposed to giving it himself? From what he said that I don’t think Conrad Murray would take money from my dad because he felt bad.
Was it in envelopes? No, cash.
Was it hundred dollars bills? Yes
Was it in a clip? Sometimes it was in band
Rolled up? No flat with rubber band over it
He would ask you to give to Dr Murray? Me or my sister
So he would give you stacks of money for Murray? I wouldn’t call it stacks
How many times? Couple
In your deposition you said ten times? Yes but he only took portion of it couple times
So did this began in Vegas? Yes
You left Vegas prior to Christmas 08? I believe so
When you were in CarolWood house Christmas till your dad’s passing? Yes
You know Kai Chase? Yes chef
She was there, then not there? Yes
Did you have chef in between? I think we did
Was a man? Yes it was
So Kai worked there, then this man, then Kai came back? The man got fired to left, then Kai came back, was month before Kai came back.
Did she go upstairs? No
Did that man chef go upstairs? No
Nurse Lee gave your dad IVs? Yes
On the first floor? Yes
First room to left when you walk in? Yes
Did she go upstairs? No
You mentioned sister Rose? Yes nanny
She came when Grace was let go by your dad? Yes
Did she go upstairs? No
Is it true no boys allowed upstairs? No
Did security allowed upstairs? They never came in the house
Was Dr Murray allowed upstairs? Yes
Shows exhibit plan of house, second floor,
Is that to left your dad’s bedroom, master? Yes
Right up above 2nd bedroom, is that where Conrad Murray treated your dad? Yes
This bedroom had lock on it? Yes
When it was first locked was it when Conrad Murray was treating your dad? No, it was when Dad was meditating
Do you remember saying something different at your deposition? I cant remember
Shows deposition, the following was played:
- “I believe so. How did you know second bed had lock? When we were playing hide and seek but the door was locked”
Back to live court,
Prince says that was a different time. He would lock it for meditations, then would lock it for medication, then it was open, then locked when Conrad Murray was treating him
Is it true your father usually locked that door with Conrad Murray was there with? I didn’t really check.
Did time ever come when you tried to get into that room with your dad? No
Did your sister or brother try to get in there? I don’t know
Was it always locked? I don’t know I only tried it once
You say Phillips was there with another person, you said it was Murray, then you said it was Tohme. You knew Tohme for few years? Yes to all.
You saw Conrad Murray in Vegas? Yes.
This encounter you saw you don’t know what date it was? I’m not sure I think it was night before or two nights before
Do you have any understanding that there was testimony here that Phillips was with your dad at Staples center? No
25th was bad morning, you didn’t see your dad? No
Do you remember telling us at your deposition when you saw this interactions with Phillips, you talked to your dad next morning? I don’t remember saying that.
Plays deposition …… with the following testimony:
- “did you ever tell anyone Randy Phillips was there with Conrad Murray?” “My dad”.
As I told Brian that was one of the occasions prior to his passing.
So this couldn’t have occurred on 24th? No this happened on two occasions
What happened? Randy Phillips was talking to Conrad Murray
You not sure the first time it happened? No
And you don’t remember the second time it happened? Yes I do, it was last night.
How would people get into your home? When AEG people came they were let in by security
Did you hear Putnam say your deposition was two hours? No
I’d like to apologize I didn’t know I had to wear a suit that day, laughter in court
So you remember Saturday your deposition started 10.36 am and you took 15 minute break at 11.28 to 11.44, then at 12.23 till 1.04 you were there till 2.24.
Second day you began at 2pm, during school it finished at 5.12
How many pages of questioning did Mr Putnam do? 323
Did they take your sister in? I told Taj Jackson they couldn’t take her
Did she have problems? Yes, she had emotional problems
Do you know who questioned your sister? Mr Putnam.
Where did your sister have to give her deposition? It was supposed to be at Putnam’s office but Taj Jackson petitioned for it to be done here in court.
I want to show you deposition where Mr. Putnam left off, Putnam wants to see it first
Putnam says sure
When Phillips was grabbing the arms of that person do you know who it was? Yes it was Murray, not Tohme, they look completely different
When you were trying to answer Putnam’s question, did he cut you off? Yes
Why did your father give you money to pay Conrad Murray? Because my dad was helping him get by till he got his pay check from AEG
- “so your dad gave you money for Murray? Yes. Did he pay him with check? I don’t know. Did he give you money to give to Conrad Murray in Vegas? No. Why was he doing it in Carolwood? Something was going on with Murray my dad was trying to help him”
Back to live court
Did Mr Putnam cut off at your deposition too? Yes
Did you see Lee give IV to anyone else in your family? No
What was it for? So he could ..???.. whilst he was going through something in his life
PUTNAM BACK TO CROSS
You came to my office for your deposition? Yes
You came with bunch of security? Just one
You came with your grandma, Taj Jackson? Yes
Do you remember we offered you Saturday? Can’t remember
You were brought upstairs? Yes
Remember there was a big spread laid out? Yes
Do you remember you grandma thanking us? No
You deposition took 2 hours? I’m not sure
Remember you ended because you were tired? Yes
We told you you can come back anytime you wanted? No, I remember we wanted to leave but it continued
The location was chosen by you counsel?
PANISH- I OBJECT YOUR HONOR
I will change..
Your sister’s deposition took place here because you requested it? Yes.
That ended because your sister was tired? I’m not sure
Then that continued at our office? I’m not sure
Do you have an understanding that deposition was in good manner? I don’t know
Did Putnam have a huge office? Yes
Was he mean to you? What do you mean, he was acting like a defense lawyer, it was not somewhere I wanted to be
Putnam was not mean to you? I don’t know what that means, I’m not used to that word
PRINCE NOW EXCUSED FOR THE DAY, BUT SUBJECT TO RECALL BY AEG LAWYERS!!!
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The devotion of TeamMichaelJackson to advocacy work for Michael Jackson was noticed even by the LA Times:
For Michael Jackson fan, covering trial is her duty
Michael Jackson fans who have been attending the AEG-civil trial, from left, Laura Sherwood, Dexter Calderbank, Taaj Malik, and Carolyn Owens-Horton. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
Taaj Malik has thousands following her on Twitter and visiting her website. She and others are go-to sources for those suspicious about the mainstream media.
BY CORINA KNOLL AND JEFF GOTTLIEB
June 27, 2013
She takes two buses to get to the courthouse each day and depends on donations from fans to run her website.
She has no formal training as a journalist but for tens of thousands — maybe multitudes more — she is the oracle for all things Michael.
Inside the cramped downtown Los Angeles courtroom each weekday, Taaj Malik furiously taps away at her iPad as the Michael Jackson wrongful-death case unfolds, taking notes for a transcript she will later post on a website crammed with court documents, autopsy reports, links to court exhibits, salutes to Jackson and an occasional plea for money. Thousands visit the website daily.
With nearly 40,000 following her “Team Michael Jackson” Twitter account, the 52-year-old Malik blasts out tweets during breaks and keeps up a running dialogue with followers.
“It was a great day to watch that roach squirm on the stand, Hes adapting many personalities, none r working cause ever1 can see he’s a #LIAR,” she writes as one witness is grilled.
“What a pair of MUPPETS,” she snaps after two ranking music executives testify.
When a follower thanks her for the stream of information from the courtroom, Malik deflects it quickly. “No, dear… Its my duty with Michael and the truth! Dont say thank you! .”
The Orange County resident, who ran a housekeeping business until she was injured in a car accident in January, climbs out of bed at 4 a.m. to begin her trek downtown. She is part of a worldwide fan community consumed with the minute details about the King of Pop, fully primed to feast on the latest legal entanglement to invoke his memory.
The wrongful-death trial is playing out in a courtroom with seats for only a handful of observers selected each morning via lottery. Most days the few available slots go quickly and Malik — along with much of the print and television media — is herded off to an overflow room to watch the proceedings on a closed-circuit feed.
There is no televised coverage of the trial, so fans are left to search for what details they can find on Twitter, Facebook and — if they must — the mainstream media. Jackson fan forums and websites have been in full gear since the trial began two months ago.
“Ultimately it’s a thirst for knowledge,” said Pez Greaves of British-based fan club MJ Vibe, which produces a quarterly magazine dedicated to Jackson.
At fan site Positively Michael, a forum was created exclusively for this trial. Volunteer site administrator Lynn Mathis, who is based in Indiana, is not attending the trial but she uploads a mix of articles for visitors to dissect, such as “Was Michael Jackson Really Worth $40 Billion?” and “Rumored use of Michael Jackson body doubles could be raised in trial.”
“We post a lot of news items and perspectives on both sides of all people involved,” she said. “We sort of take the position of do your due diligence, read and make your decisions for yourself. Our guests spike when there’s a trial because we have a reputation of having objective coverage.”
For those suspicious about the mainstream media — and many Jackson fans seem to be — someone like Malik is a go-to source. For some, her tweets serve as real-time dispatches from the civil trial.
Although Malik has her critics, she receives praise from those who consider her an ally in the ongoing fight to protect Jackson’s reputation. Katherine Jackson, the pop singer’s mother, knows Malik though she is unfamiliar with her tweets or Web page because she does not use the Internet, a family attorney said.
Malik lives off a legal settlement from the car accident — she said back injuries from the accident left her unable to continue work as a housekeeper — and her mother and an aunt send her regular allowances.
She created her website in January 2011 when preliminary hearings for the Conrad Murray case were taking place. Her mother, who lives in Britain, gave her $30,000 to buy and post the court transcripts for those hearings. Malik later sent in daily transcripts of the trial, which ended with the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson a fatal dose of propofol, a powerful anesthetic typically reserved for surgical procedures.
The current civil trial, which promises to offer a panorama of Jackson’s final days, feels special to Malik.
“This one means everything to me,” she said, “more than Conrad Murray because the charges were an insult. I mean, involuntary manslaughter? This trial is definitely bringing out the truth.”
Malik was born in Pakistan and she lived there until she was a teen, when she moved to Staffordshire in central England with her family. She later married a fellow Jackson fan (he got the albums and CDs when they divorced).
She saw Jackson for the first time in 1988 at a sold-out concert at Wembley Stadium in London. Malik said she was so stretched for money she sewed herself a white shirt and fake leather jacket to fit in with the crowd.
“I can still see that concert, the dancing,” she recalled. “It was empowering.”
She caught a glimpse of Jackson again years later when he arrived in England to accept an award, a moment that is also chiseled in her memory. He arrived in a black limousine with guards striding alongside the vehicle and then stepped out into the evening. “Tears started coming out of my eyes,” she said.
By the time she arrived in the U.S. in 2009 , she had five children and a second marriage that was falling apart. Weeks later, Jackson died and the fan in Malik took over. She drove to the Holmby Hills mansion where Jackson had been found unresponsive in his bedroom, and then to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Her devotion to Jackson’s legacy — “advocacy,” she calls it — has poured forth ever since, earning her followers around the world and a support team in the courthouse.
“I only rely on Taaj’s website. It’s unbiased news,” said 37-year-old Dana Brenklin, a film production assistant who discusses the trial on a radio show she hosts on the Web.
Michael Jackson arrives at the Santa Barbara County courthouse with his mother, Katherine, in May 2005, during his trial on child-molestation charges. (Matthew Simmons) More photos
Brenklin shows up for the trial most days, joining a small community of Jackson fans who band together at the courthouse to discuss the case and greet the matriarch of the Jackson family with hugs when she arrives. One day they all sported black T-shirts with Katherine Jackson’s face and the words, “We support you.”
They see it as vital — and consider themselves lucky — to bear witness to the case without it being filtered through traditional print and television reporters.
In the Murray trial, the defendant was the Las Vegas doctor who treated Jackson. This case introduced a new villain: the music industry.
“Did u tell any1esle Mr JAXN is paralyzed self loathing mess? May have said it 2few people in my firm,” Malik tweeted as a top music executive was quizzed on the witness stand about a colorful email he wrote describing Jackson’s erratic behavior before a 1999 London news conference.
A full collection of emails between the people overseeing Jackson’s comeback tour, in which the performer is described as a “freak” and “in need of a shrink,” is posted on Malik’s Web page, with a promise of more to come.
For people like Julia Thomas, a 40-year-old high school office administrator who obsessively trolls the Internet for Jackson news and reads Malik’s tweets for updates, the trial is revealing Jackson as a victim of those he trusted most.
“We want to know what happened at the house, at the rehearsals, how they were treating him,” said Thomas, who lives near Rialto.
Still, the civil proceedings have left fans torn over the lawsuit filed by Katherine Jackson and her grandchildren accusing AEG of being complicit in the entertainer’s death. Some see AEG as the cold conglomerate that mercilessly pushed a frail, aging man to perform while others see the suit as an attempt to squeeze more profits from Jackson’s stardom.
For all those who faithfully follow Malik or visit her Web page, there are others who see her as a fan obsessed. Her brother and sister are among them.
“They think I’m crazy, that I need to leave it alone and get on with my life.”
Her mother, she said, feels differently.
“She knows I’m all about the truth.”