Jury to be selected in Michael Jackson case

02/04/13

Michael Jackson performing

Jury selection has begun in Michael Jackson's 82-year-old mother's $40bn (£26bn) lawsuit against the late singer's promoters, AEG Live.

Katherine Jackson claims AEG Live was neglectful when it hired doctor Conrad Murray, who gave the singer the overdose that lead to his death in 2009.

Murray is in jail for accidental manslaughter.

AEG Live claims the figure is "preposterous".

Michael Jackson's death was caused by an overdose of Propofol, a drug used as a sedative to help the singer sleep.

He died three weeks before the start of his 50-show comeback tour at the London 02 Arena. Katherine Jackson believes rehearsals for the tour pushed her son too hard.

AEG Live says the singer had a long history of drug abuse before he met Murray.

The promoter also says it was not responsible for the hire or supervision of the doctor and that the $40bn in damages sought is a "preposterous" amount considering Jackson's ''descending career''.

Conrad Murray might be asked to give evidence at the trial, but he has the right to refuse. The trial is due to start this week.