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The Michael Jackson wrongful death trial is in full swing, and it looks like defendant/concert promoting giant AEG Live actually stands a chance of losing.

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Michael's mother and his children's guardian, Katherine Jackson, have made a bold effort to convince a jury AEG Live was negligent, TMZ reports.

Randy Phillips, the head of the company, had trouble explaining why he thought MJ "looked really good" in a meeting just five days before his death.

A photograph of the entertainer taken a day before - June 19, 2009 - clearly showed otherwise, with a smiling Jackson looking noticeably gaunt and pale.

Kenny Ortega and others testifying that they were alarmed over MJ's health as AEG and Dr. Conrad Murray ignored them has also provd compelling.

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Paris Jackson is stable following her recent suicide attempt, and her condition is improving, but she's still dealing with some pretty heavy issues emotionally.

Chief among them? She never properly grieved or emotionally processed Michael Jackson's 2009 death, sources connected with the Jackson family say.

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Currently in treatment at UCLA Medical Center, Paris has felt the impact of bullying on social media and websites, and has let it "really get to her."

She does not have access to her phone or the Internet, so the problem is on the back burner for now, however it's only a matter of time until it returns.

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Is Paris Jackson suffering from an identity crisis? And are the unorthodox parenting decisions of Michael Jackson himself to blame for his daughter's woes?

As decisions are being made on how to best treat the 15-year-old after Paris Jackson's suicide attempt, those close to her are wondering what went wrong.

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There is no denying that Michael Jackson was a loving father who tried to protect his kids from the pain and suffering he faced as a child in the public spotlight.

But MJ's untimely death at the age of 50 and the trauma that his passing would cause them - directly and indirectly - were things he could not foresee.

Some family friends say the long-term damage done by isolating his children from much of the world and their mother became an issue after his passing.

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A housekeeper who once described seeing Wade Robson in the shower with Michael Jackson may be the key to the former's claims of molestation.

Robson, 30, recently accused Jackson of sexual abuse in a claim against his estate, then defended himself on Today, calling Michael a pedophile.

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Blanca Francia's testimony during Jackson's 2005 child molestation trial included a graphic account of MJ showering naked with a young Wade Robson.

Francia described seeing Michael's underwear on the floor outside the Neverland Ranch shower, as well as Wade's child-sized neon green underwear.

She said she couldn't see exactly what the King of Pop was doing in there because the shower door was fogged up, but said she heard him laughing.

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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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Michael Jackson's nephew Taj has come forward to say HE was molested as a child - by a family member on his mother's side of the family, not a Jackson.

Taj Jackson, the son of Michael's brother Tito Jackson, says that Michael personally consoled him after the incident, and that Wade Robson is a liar.

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Taj, 29, claimed on Twitter that he's in a unique position to judge Wade's sexual abuse allegations against Michael because he knows what it's like:

"That is how I KNOW Wade is lying. Because I AM a survivor. I was sexually abuse (sic)."

"By [a family member] on my mom's side of the family when I was a kid."

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Wade Robson's interview on Today this morning, in which he said Michael Jackson is a pedophile who abused and brainwashed him, was pretty compelling.

Compellingly atrocious, according to Tom Mesereau, the attorney who repped MJ in his 2005 molestation case and scoffs at Robson's sex abuse claims.

"This is a pathetic and an obvious grab for publicity and an attempt to put pressure on [Michael Jackson's] Estate to pay him money," he tells TMZ.

Mesereau says that Wade Robson is flat-out lying when he says this is not about money, saying, "Why call yourself a creditor if it's not about money." 

Robson has filed a belated creditor's claim with the estate.

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Wade Robson opened up on Today this morning about his claims that Michael Jackson sexually abused him and forced him to keep quiet about it.

Robson told Matt Lauer there is no repressed memory of what happened, as has been reported, nor is he coming forward now just for money.

“I never forgot one moment of what Michael did,” he said. “but I was psychologically unable and unwilling to understand that it was sexual abuse.”

Asked to spell out what that means, he didn't hesitate.

The choreographer claims that the King of Pop "performed sexual acts on him and forced me to perform sexual acts on him" when he was a child.

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Wade Robson is ready to break his silence on the Michael Jackson sex abuse allegations, and does not sound like a man who's ready to duck and cover.

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Robson surfaced at NYC's JFK airport today, where he was accosted by paparazzi about his accusations that Michael Jackson sexually abused him.

Choreographer Wade, 30, said that the late King of Pop abused him for years when he was a kid, and that he was a monster and everyone knows it.

As for why he didn't come forward until now, he says he blocked out the memories and recently suffered a breakdown due to the repressed trauma.

That breakdown, he claims, torpedoed his career and cost him millions, which he is hoping to recoup in his lawsuit against the music icon's estate.

The estate believes Wade is completely lying, while MJ's former lawyer suggests that AEG could be behind Robson's curiously timed allegations.

Robson says he'll open up later this week. Think he's telling the truth?

 

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In addition to Wade Robson's allegations, Michael Jackson's life is back in the news this week because of his family's wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live.

Then again, MJ's former attorney suggested this week that Robson may have been motivated to come forward by AEG, his former concert promoter.

In any case, days before his death, the King of Pop told Kenny Ortega, the producer of the ill-fated This Is It tour, that "God keeps talking to me."

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Ortega and associate producer Alif Sankey testified that they became increasingly alarmed at Jackson's frail appearance during his final rehearsals.

Sankey was so worried that at one point she began crying.

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Michael Jackson Biography

Michael Jackson mug shot Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, with the best-selling album of all-time and more than a dozen massive hits. After years of physical... More »
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Gary, Indiana
Full Name
Michael Joseph Jackson
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