Los Angeles – A lawyer for Michael Jackson’s family blamed a concert promoter for his 2009 death, telling a jury that the company ruthlessly disregarded Jackson’s health as he prepared for a lucrativecomeback tour.

On the opening day of trial in the family’s wrongful death lawsuit, Brian Panish accused AEG Live of choosing to ignore Jackson’s drug problems to push ahead with the `This Is It concert tour’, which could have netted 450 million dollarsin ticket sales.

A lawyer for the company said it had been unable to foresee Jackson’s problems because of a “wall of secrecy'' he built up around his habits.

“AEG, like everyone else, was an outsider. They had no idea. It was going on behind locked doors,'' said attorney Marvin Putnam, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Jackson’s three children and his mother claim that AEG should be held legally responsible for his death because it hired the singer’s doctor, who was allegedly pressured to ignore the pop star’s frailty so as not to derail the concerts.

Cardiologist Conrad Murray is serving a prison term for second-degree manslaughter, after a jury found he had ignored conventional medical practice by giving Jackson the surgical anaesthetic propofil as a sleeping aid.

Jackson died of a heart attack at age 50 in June 2009.

“Michael had a problem, Dr Murray had a problem, and AEG had a problem,'' Panish told the jury of six men and six women at the civil trial.

“You know what AEG’s problem was? They were not number one in the concert business, but they wanted to be. Itdidn’t matter what it took,'' he said.

“AEG had a problem, and they wanted to fix it, and they didn’t care who got lost in the wash.''

The trial is expected to last four months.

The witness list includes Jackson’s two eldest children, along with Hollywood director Spike Lee, music producer

Quincy Jones, musician Prince, pop icon Diana Ross and Jackson’s ex-wives, Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe.

No monetary amount has been set in a request for damages, but Jackson’s lawyers are expected to argue that the

star could have earned more than one billion dollars had he survived for his natural life span. (dpa/NAN)


Paul Psquare Okoye has reacted to the scandal that he abandoned his 19 year old second baby mama, Elshama Benson Igbanoi in a London hospital. Speaking through his media rep on Sunday, Paul stated that it is a trivial issue because the allegation lack substance.

When his media rep was contacted  he said the lady was not known to them and they are not going to glorify her with a response. The rep told told this reporter, "Are you sure this is not April fool?"

Despite denials that Elshama, 19 year old former beauty queen had anything to do with the Psquare member, Nigeria entertainment news observers believe, the allegation is too huge to be thrown into the dustbin of history.



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Sensational gospel musicians Selina Boateng and Paa Boateng, well known for their major hits on the Ghanaian musical scene have collaborated to hold a massive gospel show in Belgium come May.

The event “Belgique Praise 2013” is organized by Elliboat Media House owned by Minister Paa Boateng. The event is expected to unite people of all races & color.

It is a moment of non-stop praises and worship with great ministers from all over the globe with one motive of lifting up the name of Jesus.

Belgique Praise 2013 is slated for Saturday, 4th May 2013 at “Yeshua” The Lord Ministries Int. (YLM) In Brussels.

Artistes to help lift the name of God and make God’s presence befall on His people are the “Artiste of the Year” Ghana Gospel Industry Awards (GGIA) Selina Akua Boateng, Paa Boateng, Les Atachees Du Christ, YLM Mass Choir and all Musicians from various churches in Belgium.

In an interview with Paa Boateng in Belgium, he said ‘miracles, signs and wonders will take place as we praise God as one Nation.’

The gospel diva Selina Boateng said “God brought me to Belgium for a purpose; those who shall attend the event shall receive blessings in abundance and would not return the same”.

Pastor Gideon Tettey of the Lord Ministries International (YLM), is hosting the program. For more information, visit http://elliboatmediahouse.com or call +32492502599.

The event is supported by zionfelix.com, omgghana.com, New Age Fruit Juice, Kente FM and TopAfric Radio.


By Francis Frempong Manson (Nkonsuohene)

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