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Debbie Rowe took the stand at the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial today, making for an insightful and profoundly emotional experience.

Jackson's ex-wife was ordered to testify by AEG Live, who the icon's family is suing for billions, citing the concert promoters alleged liability for his demise.

The Jacksons say AEG was negligent by ignoring warning signs, pushing MJ more than he could take, and hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to oversee his health.

On the stand, Rowe found herself explaining Jackson's relationship with his doctors, and with drugs, which turns out to be the centerpiece of the case.

Through tears, she lamented his longtime battle with addiction, saying, "His fear of pain was incredible and I think the doctors took advantage in that way."

"Michael expected doctors to do no harm. Unfortunately, some doctors decided when Michael was in pain they would try to help him, and so he listened."

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Debbie Rowe is expected to testify at the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial that her ex-husband was addicted to Propofol 12 years before he died.

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At least twice in the '90s, doctors misused a drug similar to Propofol, enabling MJ to sleep through the night - or so TMZ reports she'll tell the jury.

Debbie Rowe will be called to testify by AEG Live, though she views herself as a hostile witness, as she feels AEG is largely responsible for MJ's death.

She is expected to say that in 1997, doctors administered Diprivan (an anesthetic and form of Propofol) to Michael in a Munich, Germany hotel room. 

Rowe will say the drug was administered specifically so Michael could sleep.

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Debbie Rowe will testify in the Michael Jackson wrongful death case, and what she has to say about his drug use certainly won't help his family's cause.

Rowe will be called by AEG Live Tuesday or Wednesday, according to TMZ, and will say that as early as the 1980s, MJ was abusing prescription meds.

Debbie blames Jackson's good friend Dr. Arnold Klein - the rumored biological father of Prince and Paris Jackson, incidentally - for feeding the habit.

According to Rowe, Klein had a standing order from Michael. When he came to the dermatologist's office, he would be injected with Demerol and Vistaril.

The latter makes the former stronger, apparently, and turned Jackson into an addict, which Rowe said he tried to keep secret from her for years.

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Paris Jackson reached out to fans through her mother Debbie Rowe, thanking them for their support and promising to keep fighting the good fight.

"My daughter has asked that I extend a huge thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers and support," Rowe tweeted Monday at Paris' request.

"She is strong like her father."

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Paris, who has formed a very close bond with Debbie this year, is currently seeking a long-term care facility once she leaves UCLA Medical Center.

She's finding that quest surprisingly difficult, however.

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Paris Jackson's legal guardianship won't change in light of her recent suicide attempt, but Debbie Rowe will be keeping a watchful eye on things.

A probate court investigator had been tasked with determining if her co-guardians - Katherine Jackson and T.J. Jackson - were doing a sufficient job.

At least for now, it looks like they are.

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A judge decided not to change the current setup, TMZ reports.

The probate court investigator met with Debbie Rowe, Paris' biological mother and the woman she may be closest to these days, to discuss the situation. 

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Debbie Rowe is not feuding with the Jackson family and is not planning to wrestle away legal guardianship of Paris Jackson, despite reports to the contrary.

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Unless the situation changes drastically, she will make no such overtures, because she has too much respect for Michael's wishes, his mother and his kids.

She'd be willing to step in under certain circumstances, but it's not her wish.

Rowe doesn't want to split up MJ's three children (two of whom she is the biological mother of) and "likes and respects" Katherine Jackson, their grandmother.

This is all way too logical and clear-headed for a Jackson family article.

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Paris Jackson's mom Debbie Rowe is back in the news amid speculation that she may seek control of the troubled teen, though sources say this is premature.

Rowe, who was forging a close bond with her daughter before her suicide attempt (the Paris Jackson 911 call was released today), is not angling to take over.

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While she is planning to host Paris at her California horse farm this summer, she does not want to oust her grandmother, Katherine Jackson, in any way.

“It would take Katherine dying or becoming very ill for Debbie to seek legal guardianship,” said a source, despite reports of animosity with the family.

Only if the judge makes a dramatic decision to strip Katherine of custody AND Paris wanted her to step in, then Rowe would be ready to do so.

Paris could even live with Rowe indefinitely and “it still wouldn’t change the legal guardianship” situation, the source insisted, nor does it have to.

“Katherine isn't giving up the role because she feels it would let Michael down, and Debbie has too much respect for Katherine and Michael to fight her."

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Michael Jackson's family is outraged and prepared to put forth a united front in opposition to any effort to make Debbie Rowe guardian of Paris Jackson.

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Rowe, Paris' biological mother, has not made any move to become her guardian after last week's suicide attempt, but she's open to it if Paris wants it.

Paris Jackson is having trouble connecting with grandmother Katherine, and recently established a bond with mom Debbie over the last few months.

While Paris' identity crisis and desire to get to know her mother are no doubt genuinely motivated, family members say Debbie's angle is quite different.

Basically, they say she just wants to put herself in the public eye.

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Is Debbie Rowe poised to become Paris Jackson's legal guardian after all these years?

If the 15-year-old wants it, and she very well might, in light of recent events, it's likely.

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The custody judge in the teen's guardianship case has ordered an investigation into her welfare after the stunning Paris Jackson suicide attempt last week.

Debbie Rowe has, thus far, made no attempt to become Paris' legal guardian. That title belongs to Katherine Jackson, Michael's mother, and T.J. Jackson.

T.J., Tito's son, is Paris' cousin. He was installed as co-guardian last summer, but all of this could change if the judge deems it in Paris' best interest.

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Add Debbie Rowe to the loud, growing chorus of Wade Robson critics.

The former wife of Michael Jackson does not believe for a second that he molested Robson when he was a child, as the choreographer now claims.

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"I was angered that Wade Robson reversed his sworn testimony from court in 2005, and now claims to be a victim of sexual abuse," she tells TMZ.

"His publicity-seeking attempt is opportunistic and just oozes falseness."

Debbie Rowe says this will do nothing to ruin MJ's legacy in the end.

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