Michael Jackson’s doomed comeback attempt is again taking center stage in Los Angeles as the pop singer’s family and the entertainment behemoth AEG square off in a legal showdown that could last months.
Jackson’s mother and children are suing the Los Angeles entertainment giant, alleging it is liable for Jackson’s death because it hired and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray, who used a powerful surgical anesthetic in an effort to help the singer cope with insomnia. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011.
Jury selection in the case began late Tuesday morning and is expected to run for days before opening statements in the case are made.
The case is likely to veer into the sensational, pitting Jackson’s towering legacy against a business enterprise that has had a profound influence on the entertainment scene, particularly in Los Angeles.