Janet Jackson reschedules Australian tour to attend Conrad Murray trial


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Janet Jackson is rescheduling part of her Australian tour so she can support her family during the trial of the doctor accused of involuntary manslaughter in her brother Michael’s death.

Dr. Conrad Murray is on trial in Los Angeles. He is accused of being negligent in his care of the superstar, who died in 2009 of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol at age 50.

The prosecution is wrapping up its case this week, and the defense is about to present its case. The Jacksons have been a regular presence at the trial; Janet Jackson was there at the beginning.

“When I planned these shows, the schedule in California was completely different,” she said in a Sunday statement to The Associated Press. “After talking with my family last night, I decided we must be together right now. …. This saddens me in so many ways.”

The shows for her “Number Ones” tour were scheduled in Melbourne on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; to make them up, she’ll perform one night, on Nov. 3, in Rod Laver Arena. She thanked her fans for their support and understanding.

Jackson also has the support of her promoter.

“It is important that Janet is with her family at this critical point in the hearing. While Janet and our company apologize for any inconvenience for the reschedule of the Melbourne shows, we thank Janet for the great and successful concerts in Perth and Adelaide and eagerly await her return. … Our thoughts and prayers are with Janet and the entire Jackson family,” promoter Paul Dainty said.

Read more:
Michael Jackson could not have killed himself with propofol, expert says
Jackson manslaughter trial: Witness details propofol, says no ‘safeguards were in place’ in Murray’s case
Expert witness: Conrad Murray caused Michael Jackson’s death

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  • Tk

    I’m sorry but everytime I see Mjs white kids and his butchered face it reminds me how he hated being black and chased fame. I hope the Dr loses his license but is found innocent of manslaughter. This family needs to come to grips MJ was an addict and a “very” talented self absorbed fool!!! The Jackson need to stop pimping his legacy and let the music live on……

    • lisa g.


      • The Rest of America

        We do not. (i repeat). DO NOT CARE ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON.

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  • Sasha

    Tk give it a rest. If Michael was a self absorbed fool then how could he be the most charitable celebrity? he gave more than you could imagine. Janet and her family attending Michael’s trial and honoring him is not pimping out his legacy. Michael did not hate being black, he had a skin condition which is listed in his autopsy and unless you can scienfically prove his kids are fully white that discussion is null, black people come in all colors.

  • Tk

    Ok Sasha apprently you have been under a rock. Too many people on other boards have commented on how this family had pimped MJ (all the pointless books, come back can’t sing shows etc.) and he has said so before he died!!! Oh MJ hated being black (butchering his face had nothing to do with so called skin condition) but I’ll let you win that one. I don’t have patience to debate FANS who don’t know the WHOLE story…….MJ wasn’t the most charitable black celebrity (some would argue Oprah has the title) but again you don’t know your BLACK facts!!!!

  • lisa g.

    She better get her azz out on the road. This trial is a circus. Yes, the doc was wrong but had it not been him, MJ would have just gone elsewhere for his milk! The DR acts/ looks like he doesn’t know what the hell is going on!

    • The Rest of America

      Again, we do not care about this story. Why anyone else is interested in it, when we have SO MANY other problems going on right now, is almost just as criminal as what that doctor presumingly did.

  • troy

    @Tk, what is a known fact MJ did have vitaligo which caused his skin to change colors. Unlike you, Michael suffered from Peter Pan Syndrome and found comfort being around the innocence of children because he knew that he did not have to deal with growing up around the ignorance and stupidity of grown ups who plant the seeds of ignorance in childrens heads to teach to be racist, and intolerant to those who are different. I get MJ, and therefore I understand. When u have people like u judging without knowing facts and thinking that “you” come without flaws is why he found solace in children. He was a black man despite whatever he did to his skin & he died a black man despite it all. He was color blind and that’s why his family and extended family consist of many ethnic backgrounds because it is one big melting pot. But again, racist, facist like u come a dime a dozen to lump a group of people you don’t like in a box to throw daggers at and make derogatory comments about, when u don’t even know the facts. MJ gave graciously and humbly to many charities, even to hospitals and childrens homes and other charities his whole life, but the media doesn’t focus on that type of news, it’s the negative. So for future, why don’t you do your research before judging – IDIOT.

    • TK

      No problem I’ll be the idiot because Janet rode off MJs success as well (she imitated his success and used the last name!!!) and it kills me how his blind stans turn his life around to make it seem rosy. You can get on boards and write all the essays you want it doesn’t change how MOST BLACK PEOPLE feel about the REAL MJ!!!!! Oh by the way idiot I have ALWAYS said I never believed MJ raped kids because adults couldn’t handle his weirdness BUT you need to take those BLINDERS off……..MJ murdered MJ YEARS AGO!!!!

  • troy

    @Tk – another thing, Janet doesn’t have to cash in on MJ’s death, she has made a fortune well over $200 Million dollars. As for the rest of the Jackson brothers, what you need to realize is that Michael started out as a member of the Group, The Jackson 5 with his brothers, so if they use his name or sing songs that are known by him, it’s because they are paying tribute to what was known a Legendary Group that included Michael Jackson before he went solo. So if they write books, movies, or pay any type of homage to their brother it’s because they are family, and whether you see it as them pimping his legacy then you’re so wrong that you need a reality check or a crazy check or both. MJ marched with many leading figures in protest against racism and inequality – so stop dwelling on the negativity because the media thrives on negativity and that negativity is what drew him into the state of mind he was in, all the lies and harassment of the media and people who were after him because he owned the most powerful catalog of music in history, the Beatles catalog and they had those families to send their kids to Neverland and make up false statements that they were molested by MJ to get him to sell those catalogs for his defense, they stripped him of everything, but that and though he was out of millions of dollars he was still worth more millions. And the kids who lied about the molestation charges, recanted their story and one even committed suicide – What goes around comes back around and may MJ rest in peace for all of his good he has done in this evil, cruel world. I’m sure he is in a much peaceful and better place.

  • lisa g.

    If anybody can sit there n say MJ did not have issues, major ones at that, with his blackness, then you are either BLIND, DEAF OR DUMB! (Or all of the above). I loved the man as much as the next fan. I cried when he passed. But let’s be real!

    • Ana170

      No one said Michael didn’t have issues. It’s clear that he did. That doesn’t excuse Dr. Murray’s conduct. You seem to think it’s okay that he violated every principal doctors are supposed to stand for just because Michael had problems. Michael’s surgeries, drug and family problems, are irrelevant. This is about a doctor who administered a drug he apparently knew little about, failed to properly resuscitate Michael because he was too busy trying to cover his mistakes, and in doing so a father, brother, son, and music legend was lost. This is not about your personal feelings about Michael’s skin color.

      • amy

        Well said, Ana170!

      • lisa g.

        please see comment I made at 11:41 saying the doctor was wrong. sorry you wasted your time typing all of that.

    • lisa g.

      furthermore, that comment about his problems with his race have nothing to do with the trial. I was responding to other bloggers who denied or played down issues he apparently has with dark skin. get your sh it together before attacking.

  • pop

    Michael is dead. Just leave him be…ok.

  • Sunflowers

    I am 100% agreeable with Troy. I was an “okay” fan of Michael Jackson until I read all the charities and goodwill he’s done on earth that I VERY MUCH ADMIRE him and nearly obsessed of his goodness human nature. Indeed, he had sleeping disorder and he certaintly didnt have the solution to cure it other than the “shor-cut” drug narcotics. He also had a chronic backpain that required him to take pain meds. He had vitiligo skin disease which made him embarassed by it. He probably didn’t want people to be disgusted and think he was contagious of sorts. For his children, no matter what they are, he considered them to be his own. According to reps the 3rd child is REALLY his biological child. Just look at Sandra Bullock, the Jolie/Pitss to name a few who adopted and considered their kids to be theirs even if they are not their bio kids. So, its something that we just need to accept.

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