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The Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit has taken a new twist.

An already complex case became even more so when Katherine Jackson filed court papers insinuating that AEG and Dr. Conrad Murray are in cahoots.

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Katherine, who along with Michael's three children has sued AEG for negligently hiring and supervising Murray, wants to subpoena visitors' logs from his jail.

The implication? She wants to find out if AEG has sent employers, officers or lawyers to the can for a chat with Conrad, who's doing time for manslaughter.

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Michael Jackson's addiction to prescription drugs will be front and center in the wrongful death lawsuit against AEG, the trial for which begins today.

The late icon's mother, Katherine Jackson, and Michael's three minor children, Paris, Prince and Blanket, are suing AEG Live for its role in MJ's demise.

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Their case rests on the claim that the company negligently hired and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray, who killed MJ with a massive overdose of Propofol.

How is Jackson's history with prescription drugs central to the trial?

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Dr. Conrad Murray will testify in the Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit filed by Katherine Jackson, who is looking to collect damages from AEG.

Michael's mother wants Murray to testify about comments he made in his documentary, in which Murray said AEG honchos told him MJ was on "death skid row."

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AEG, Murray claimed, boasted in 2009 that it owned "the toilet paper he wipes his ass with" and "the f**kin' popsicles that his children are sucking on."

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No one in Michael Jackson's family will be prosecuted over the infamous fight that went down in Jily at Katherine Jackson's home, according to reports.

MJ's kids Prince and Paris Jackson got into it with the King of Pop's sister and their aunt Janet Jackson, who was reportedly trying to snach Paris' phone.

The younger Jackson then told Janet to get the eff out.

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Paris charged at Janet, who was restrained by Randy; a physical confrontation then erupted with Randy and Jermaine on one side, and Trent on the other.

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T.J. Jackson is now sharing guardianship of Michael Jackson's three children along with their grandmother Katherine Jackson. This arrangement was already in effect on a temporary basis, but was just made official by a judge in court today.

T.J. will assume many of the day-to-day tasks involved in taking care of the children, including management of household personnel and security.

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T.J. has received enormous support from the family to take a guardianship role.

Katherine Jackson herself has praised T.J., as have the children, who have reportedly considered him a father figure for years. No conflict there.

The 34-year-old T.J. is Tito Jackson's son and thus a cousin to Michael's kids Prince, Paris and Blanket, despite being more than twice their age.

The judge told T.J. in court to be mindful of the giant rift currently tearing apart the family and to make sure the kids aren't adversely affected.

Four of Michael's siblings attempted to oust his estate's executors last month, while someone may have orchestrated a kidnapping of Katherine.

Tito and Jermaine Jackson later backed off their criticism of the estate, while Janet Jackson stood firm, and Debbie Rowe even weighed in on it.

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Debbie Rowe, the woman who gave birth to two of Michael Jackson's children, stating she supports the new guardianship situation, with one caveat:

She WILL intervene if things don't work out.

Rowe filed documents in L.A. County Superior Court saying she has reviewed and signed off on TJ and Katherine Jackson sharing responsibilities.

She'll be keeping her eye on it, however.

Former Mrs. Michael Jackson

Debbie Rowe warns that "Should the arrangement sought by TJ Jackson and Katherine Jackson become untenable, unstable, unsafe, or become in any way contrary to the [children's best interests], Ms. Rowe will seek court intervention."

Rowe claims her concern is for the health, safety and well-being of HER children; and says she will continue to ensure their needs are met.

TJ Jackson, the 34-year-old son of Tito Jackson, was appointed temporary co-guardian of Prince, Blanket and Paris Jackson after last month's fiasco.

When TJ first petitioned for guardianship, the judge said Debbie must be notified. That has clearly happened, and she is satisfied, for now.

It's unclear what recourse Debbie Rowe even has after relinquishing all custody to Michael Jackson years ago, but hopefully we won't have to find out.

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Dr. Conrad Murray, the terrible physician convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson, is still not showing remorse.

Moreover, he's taking new shots at MJ's mother.

In a phone interview, Conrad Murray accuses 82-year-old Katherine Jackson of letting him down and "failing to be there" while he was alive.

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Asked if he'd ask forgiveness from Katherine for giving the insomniac star a cocktail of drugs that led to his death, Murray was incredulous.

"Mrs Jackson does not have to forgive me because I am not responsible for his death," he said. "There is nothing for her to forgive me for."

"I would say this: Is anyone willing to ever forgive Mrs. Jackson for failing to be the mother she could have been for her son? Would Michael forgive his mother for not being the mother that he wanted to be there all the time?"

Yeah.

Now serving four years at Los Angeles County Jail, Murray said he would be more than happy to sit down and talk with Katherine Jackson.

Somehow we don't see that invite being extended.

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Katherine Jackson says she will not press charges against her kids after she was allegedly tricked into spending about 10 days shacked up at a luxury spa in Arizona without her phone in what some believe was an attempted coup against Michael Jackson's estate.

Her attorney Perry Sanders said, “This chapter of chaos is closed, and we are supportive of family unity in spite of recent events and arguably poor decisions.”

Katherine first went missing from her home in Calabasas, Calif., on July 14.

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In a sworn declaration filed last week, the 82-year-old Jackson family matriarch claimed she planned to drive to see her sons perform in New Mexico on that day, but a doctor advised her to fly instead. She did as instructed.

When she got off her private plane, she found herself in Arizona.

There, she was put up at a luxury spa, cut off from technology and kept in the dark about the state of Michael’s children - Prince Michael, 15, Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10 - for days while they had no clue what was going on either.

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Janet Jackson's attorney has released a new statement reiterating the star's concern with the executors of her late brother Michael Jackson‘s will.

The statement makes clear that Janet, who is barred from mother Katherine Jackson's home, is not motivated by money with her criticisms.

The 46-year-old, whose net work is estimated at $150 million, alleges that the executors do not have his children's best interests at heart.

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Her lawyer, Blair Brown, released the following statement Friday:

“Since the loss of Michael Jackson, Janet, Randy, and Rebbie's principal concern has been and continues to be for the safety and well-being of Michael's children, their mother Katherine Jackson, and the entire family."

"Unfortunately, those people have been harmed by actions of the executors of Michael's estate, the estate's lawyer, and those installed and paid to do their bidding.”

"The effect of that notice [barring Janet, Randy and Rebbie from KJ's home] is not only is to damage fundamental family relationships, it is also to isolate Katherine Jackson from anyone questioning the validity of Michael's will."

"It is important to stress that Janet, Randy and Rebbie have all questioned the validity of the will with no financial motive whatsoever - they stand to gain nothing financially by a finding that the will is invalid."

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The Jackson family turmoil appears to be simmering down as matriarch Katherine Jackson was reinstated as a guardian of her grandchildren today.

The news comes less than 24 hours after Jermaine Jackson put forth an "olive branch" and backed off his challenge to late brother Michael's will.

At a hearing Thursday, Judge Mitchell Beckloff said Katherine was doing a "wonderful job" with MJ's kids, Prince, 15, Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10.

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"It's clear that the children are well cared for by Mrs. Jackson," he said, according to the L.A. Times. "It is clear to me they love her very much."

The judge also said that the kids' cousin T.J. Jackson, 34, who was named temporary guardian at an earlier emergency hearing, would remain so.

The ruling came after MJ's brother Jermaine said he had withdrawn his signature from a letter calling Michael's will "fake, flawed and fraudulent."

Jermaine, Tito, Rebbie, Randy and Janet Jackson accused the executors of the estate of mismanagement and possibly harming Katherine Jackson.

Relations haven't thawed entirely, however. In a court declaration, Katherine seems to suggest she was tricked into traveling to Arizona last month.

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