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Michael Jackson's personal assistant has filed a class action lawsuit against AEG, claiming he lost big bucks because of the company's hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray.

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Williams and the rest of the employees connected with MJ's ill-fated "This Is It" tour stood to rake it in three years ago, but obviously did not in the wake of his death.

Thus, they want compensation from AEG. Like yesterday.

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Vanity Fair alleges that La Toya Jackson raided and pillaged Michael Jackson's house just hours after he died, and the late singer's sister is infuriated.

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La Toya is threatening to sue the magazine if it doesn't retract the story.

The article, entitled "Estate of Siege," claims she showed up at MJ's mansion shortly after his death and began stuffing plastic bags filled with cash into a duffel bag.

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Dr. Conrad Murray is writing a tell-all book. Hey, he has to pass the time wasting away in jail somehow. The number of publishers who care is not high, however.

"Dr. Murray spends most of his days writing what he [says] is a tell-all book about what really happened in the final days of Michael Jackson's life," a source to him says.

"Murray believes that the public will want to hear about the time he spent with Michael ... he says that Michael confided his inner-most secrets about his true feelings."

"[MJ talked] about his family, the child molestation trial and his three children. Murray contends that Michael's kids viewed him as a family member and loved him."

True or not, it all boils down to Murray's boredom. And cash flow problems.

Murray in Court

"This is all about money for Murray though ... he is flat broke and desperately needs the cash," the source adds. "He feels that the book could help rehab his image."

Jackson's former physician was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of the music great and was sentenced to four years in jail.

Attempts to portray himself as a sympathetic figure would be hard enough, but add in the fact that Murray has shown no remorse and it's darn near impossible.

Dude even ripped Katherine Jackson, Michael's mother, for not being there for him.

"Conrad Murray is extremely arrogant and doesn't accept responsibility for the death of Michael Jackson. He truly believes he has done nothing wrong," the insider says.

As a result, when contacted by reps about potential interest in releasing the book by Murray, publishers' collective response so far has been, "no thanks."

Let's all cry a river for that, shall we?

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The concert promoter behind Michael Jackson's ill-fated "This Is It" tour has dropped a bid to collect their $17.5 million insurance company on the star. Why?

AEG's decision to drop its case against the insurer, Lloyds of London, comes after the firm claimed AEG hid the extent of the pop icon's extensive health woes.

Execs reportedly felt Jackson was an emotionally paralyzed mess leading up to the 50-show London gig he never ended up making; MJ died June 25, 2009.

AEG says the move has nothing to do with the discovery of new emails that prove AEG had doubts about MJ's health when it applied for the insurance policy.

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Lloyds had sued AEG and Michael Jackson LLC in the wake of the singer's tragic demise to cancel the policy, claiming all parties involved were not forthright.

The insurer believes that singer's drug addiction - fueled by Dr. Conrad Murray, who was on AEG's payroll - and poor health were common knowledge at the time.

As such, they should have been disclosed, but were not.

It looks like everyone's moving on though. Lloyds says:

"In exchange for AEG withdrawing its insurance claim, underwriters agreed to dismiss AEG from the case and to waive any costs recoverable from AEG."

Lloyds will continue its legal battle against Jackson's estate, seeking "rescission of the policy due to non-disclosures of Michael Jackson's prior drug use."



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New details are coming to light regarding Michael Jackson's behavior as he prepped for his 2009 comeback tour, and those details are not pretty.

The Los Angeles Times reveals that Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) was deeply concerned about Jackson's stability in the run-up to his tour.

Executives referring to him as "self loathing" and "lazy," among other things.

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Jackson's behavior was becoming more and more erratic, according to the emails, and fear was growing that the 50-show tour would not go on.

"MJ is locked in his room drunk and despondent," AEG's Randy Phillips said in an email to his boss AEG President Tim Leiweke during that time.

"I [am] trying to sober him up ... I screamed at him so loud the walls are shaking. He is an emotionally paralyzed mess riddled with self loathing and doubt."

AEG Live executive Paul Gongaware felt MJ "distrustful of people in suits" and felt he was "bigger" than the $132 million he was set to earn from the tour.

"We are holding all the risk," Gongaware wrote to Phillips.

"We let Mikey know just what this will cost him in terms of him making money. We cannot be forced into stopping this, which MJ will try to do because he is lazy and constantly changes his mind to fit his immediate wants."

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Michael Jackson's kids Paris, Prince and Blanket threw out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game in Gary, Ind., along with MJ's sister La Toya.

The King of Pop's three children made the trip to their father's hometown on Thursday to celebrate what would have been Michael Jackson's 54th birthday.

Prince Michael, 15, Blanket, 10, and Paris Jackson, 14, each took the mound to kick off the Gary Southshore Railcats baseball game. Check it out:

"We're here in Gary, and it's a new experience for us. People are so nice here," Prince said. "It's amazing how much he was respected and loved."

Everywhere they go, the three kids inspire nothing but the same feelings as people see how well-adjusted and nice they are - despite all they've been through.

MJ would be proud.

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The late, great Michael Jackson would have been 54 today.

As the dominant entertainer of his generation, if not world history, it's no surprise that his music and legacy continue to spark passion among fans young and old.

The commemoration of Jackson's August 29 birthday has, for the fourth consecutive year, sparked tributes to the music icon from Gary, Ind., who died in June 2009.

Vintage Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson (1958-2009).

Chances are, you know most if not all there is to know about MJ - from his dozens of hit songs and personal eccentricities to the feuding among his siblings.

But it's still sad he's gone, especially today. One hopes he'll be remembered more than anything for his talent and his three wonderful, well-raised children.

Prince, Paris and Blanket would make him so proud.

Michael shares his birthday with Courtney Stodden and Lea Michele. Happy birthday to those ladies as well. Now, here is a little photo tribute to MJ ...

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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.

Prince, Paris, Blanket Jackson

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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Michael Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, has dropped his wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Conrad Murray in a rare break for the imprisoned physician.

The suit was dismissed at his request. Murray's attorney, Valerie Wass, said:

"I was pleased ... It was always my opinion that Joe Jackson lacked standing to bring this action, and that eventually the case would be dismissed."

Joe and Connie

The case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning Joe can refile the lawsuit if the circumstances allow. Not sure how they would change, but so be it.

The 84-year-old Jackson family patriarch sued Murray in June 2010, adding concert promoter AEG Live and a Las Vegas pharmacy as plaintiffs.

Now that the former doctor was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in jail, Joe apparently felt more at ease.

He initially claimed Dr. Conrad Murray and others were negligent in failing to provide adequate care, treatment, diagnosis, and resuscitation.

MJ died in June 2009. "As a result of that failure, Joe Jackson was deprived with the loss of companionship of his son," the suit charged.

Companionship. We're sure that's what he's feeling deprived of.

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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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