Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe is threatening to sue the person who is allegedly selling information about and photographs of her daughter Paris as she recovers from a suicide attempt at an exclusive boarding school. TMZ.com reports Rowe is furious after learning someone at the school is profiting from leaking stories and snaps.
One was posted on Twitter.com last month (Jul13), shortly after the troubled teenager arrived at the school, where she is reportedly studying under a pseudonym.
Rowe has reportedly told friends, "These people, including some websites, are screwing with my daughter's ability to get better."
Paris was hospitalised in June (13) after attempting suicide by taking pills and slitting her arm with a meat cleaver.
Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe struggled to keep her composure on Thursday (15Aug13) as she told a Los Angeles court that their daughter, Paris Jackson, has had "no life" since the pop superstar's death. The former nurse wept as she described the terrible impact Jackson's 2009 passing had had on their two children, especially 15-year-old Paris, who allegedly attempted suicide in June (13) and is still receiving treatment for her emotional issues.
Rowe took to the stand for a second day on Thursday during her testimony as a defence witness for AEG Live bosses in the ongoing wrongful death lawsuit filed against them by Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson, and his three children.
She tearfully told jurors at Los Angeles County Superior Court about her daughter's struggle to cope, saying, "Their father is dead. I almost lost my daughter. She is devastated. She tried to kill herself. She is devastated. She has no life. She doesn't feel she has a life anymore."
Rowe was married to Jackson for three years from 1996 and the pair had two children together, Prince Michael, 16 and Paris. She was called to testify by lawyers for AEG Live executives in a bid to prove that Jackson had been struggling with substance abuse issues for years before they signed a contract for his ill-fated This Is It London residency.
Bosses at the concert promoters are also fighting accusations that they were responsible for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician convicted of inadvertently killing the superstar by giving him an overdose of surgical anaesthetic Propofol, insisting he served as the singer's personal doctor and was not directly employed by them.
The case continues.
Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe broke down in tears on Wednesday (14Aug13) as she testified about the pop superstar's longrunning substance abuse issues, revealing doctors would compete to prescribe the King of Pop with the "better" drugs. The former nurse opened up about the singer's personal problems during her testimony as a defence witness for AEG Live bosses in the ongoing wrongful death lawsuit filed against them by Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson, and his three children.
Rowe, the mother of the star's eldest two kids, tearfully told jurors at Los Angeles County Superior Court that the Thriller hitmaker, who had suffered serious burns to his scalp while filming a Pepsi Cola commercial in 1984, struggled with an "incredible" fear of pain and had such a low tolerance for drugs, it didn't take long for him to become hooked on painkillers like Demerol and Diprivan.
She singled out medics like dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein and plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Hoefflin for enabling the singer, alleging that they would do anything to keep Michael as their patient and would try to outdo one another by issuing stronger doses.
Rowe, who was present during a number of the star's treatments with both Klein and Hoefflin, said, "These idiots were going back and forth the whole time, not caring about him."
She then described Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician convicted of inadvertently killing the superstar in 2009 by giving him an overdose of surgical anaesthetic Propofol, as the one who "got in there and killed him".
Lawyers representing AEG Live executives called Rowe, who was married to Jackson for three years from 1996, to testify in a bid to prove that Michael had been struggling with substance abuse issues for years before they signed a deal for his doomed This Is It London residency. They are also fighting accusations that they were responsible for hiring Murray, insisting he served as the singer's personal doctor and was not directly employed by the concert promoters.
The case continues.
Michael Jackson's wrongful death trial was halted on Wednesday (24Jul13) after a blogger was ejected from the Los Angeles courtroom for allegedly taking pictures of the jurors on his cell phone. William Wagener, who has been a regular spectator at the proceedings, was asked to leave the court after bailiffs spotted him breaking the rules and using his camera phone.
He was banned from returning to the courtroom for the rest of the day and lawmakers have yet to decide if he'll be allowed to return for the remainder of the case as the King of Pop's mother, Katherine Jackson, and his three children sue concert promoters at AEG Live over the superstar's death in 2009.
Wagener claims he took the photo by accident and has argued a permanent ban will impede his ability to report on the case.
The Jackson family is suing AEG Live amid allegations bosses ignored signs the superstar was suffering from poor health leading up to his ill-fated This Is It residency in London. They also claim company executives were negligent in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to care for him
Executives at AEG Live maintain Jackson personally hired Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter relating to his client's death.
The case continues amid reports suggesting the King of Pop's ex-wife Debbie Rowe is set to testify.
Troubled teen Paris Jackson has released a message to fans via her biological mum Debbie Rowe, thanking them for their love and support following her apparent suicide attempt. Michael Jackson's daughter was stretchered out of her Calabasas, California home in the early hours of the 5 June (13) after paramedics responded to an emergency call regarding a "possible overdose".
The 15 year old, who also allegedly had cuts to her wrists, was later transferred to UCLA Medical Center, where her father was pronounced dead in 2009, and she has been recovering in hospital for the last few weeks.
Now her mum Rowe has taken to Twitter.com to issue a statement on her daughter's behalf, which reads, "My daughter has asked that I extend a huge thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers and support", adding, "She is strong like her father."
Paris was forced to skip the Las Vegas premiere of Cirque du Soleil's new King of Pop tribute show, Michael Jackson ONE, on Saturday (29Jun13) as she continued her treatment, but her uncle, Jackie Jackson, revealed the teen should be discharged in no time.
He told Eonline.com, "She's doing wonderful right now. She's getting better. She should be out (of the hospital) soon."
Paris' grandmother, Katherine Jackson, and her brothers, Prince Michael and Blanket, attended the event in her absence.
A Los Angeles judge has agreed to leave Michael Jackson's daughter Paris under the guardianship of her grandmother and cousin following her apparent suicide attempt earlier this month (Jun13). The 15 year old was hospitalised after trying to take her own life at her Calabasas, California home on 5 June (13) and the emergency prompted Judge Mitchell Beckloff to order an investigation into her "health, education and welfare" out of concern for her wellbeing and that of her two brothers, Prince Michael and Blanket.
Judge Beckloff has since reviewed findings by a court official and has ruled that no changes will be made in the guardianship of the King of Pop's three children, who will remain under the joint care of the late singer's elderly mother, Katherine Jackson, and his nephew, T.J. Jackson.
The investigator reportedly met with Prince and Paris' biological mother Debbie Rowe to hear her thoughts on the guardianship situation and sources tell TMZ.com she gave her backing to keep the current arrangement as is, insisting Katherine and T.J. have done a good job with the kids.
News of the guardianship status emerged exactly four years to the day of the Thriller superstar's tragic death. He passed away on 25 June, 2009.
A lawyer for Michael Jackson's mother Katherine has requested privacy for the family as the King of Pop's daughter Paris recovers from an apparent suicide attempt. The teenager was reportedly stretchered out of her Calabasas, California home in the early hours of Wednesday (05Jun13) after paramedics responded to an emergency call regarding "a possible overdose".
Paris Jackson's biological mum, Debbie Rowe, has since revealed to U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight that her girl was "rushed to the hospital with cuts on her wrist", adding that she has had "a lot going on".
The youngster's condition is now stable and Katherine's attorney Sandra Ribera has asked the media to allow the child to recover in peace.
A statement issued by Ribera reads, "Paris is physically fine and getting appropriate medical attention. Being a sensitive 15 year old is difficult no matter who you are. It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you. Please respect her privacy and the family's privacy."
Paris' uncles Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson have also released a statement, which reads: "Thank you for the outpouring of concern and support for Paris. She is safe and doing fine. We truly appreciate you respecting our family privacy at this time."
The 15 year old hinted at personal troubles on her Twitter.com page prior to her hospitalisation, asking why "tears are salty" and quoting lyrics from The Beatles classic Yesterday, writing: "Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though they're here to stay".
The aspiring actress, her brothers Prince Michael and Blanket, and their grandmother Katherine Jackson are currently in the midst of a wrongful death lawsuit against the bosses of AEG Live, accusing them of ignoring the tragic superstar's health issues prior to his doomed This Is It comeback concerts.
The fourth anniversary of the Thriller hitmaker's death will be marked on 25 June (13).
A top Beverly Hills child psychotherapist and author fears the fourth anniversary of Michael Jackson's death later this month (Jun13) may have prompted his teenage daughter's early morning suicide attempt on Wednesday (05Jun13). Paris Jackson, 15, was hospitalised following a medical emergency at her Calabasas, California home and emergency services officials have confirmed they responded to a 911 call regarding "a possible overdose".
Now Dr. Fran Walfish, the author of The Self-Aware Parent, tells WENN the youngster's apparent suicide attempt raises several issues.
She says, "This month marks the fourth anniversary of her beloved father, Michael's, death. Anniversaries like this are particularly vulnerable times for surviving close family members. Paris's mother, Debbie Rowe has said Paris has 'a lot going on'. Certainly, we can all guess the possible reasons for her desperate actions.
"Here's the bottom line: No person attempts to end their life unless they feel there is no one available who truly understands and connects with them emotionally... Often, children's individual needs are missed. The takeaway here is that Paris will likely need good psychotherapy to develop a trust-based longterm relationship with someone who gets her."
Dr. Walfish, who has never had any dealings with Paris, urges the teen's family members to make plans for when she comes home from hospital, adding, "The family will need to provide 24/7 supervision and companionship so as to not risk another suicide attempt. Everyone must now set aside their personal battles and self-centred objectives and make Paris and her emotional health front and centre priority number one.
"People who feel no one understands them are vulnerable to wanting to join a beloved deceased parent or family member. Given Paris' personal circumstances and the anniversary of her father's death she was a high-risk candidate for suicide."
Michael Jackson's daughter Paris is recovering in hospital after an apparent suicide attempt early on Wednesday morning (05Jun13). Reports suggest the teenager was stretchered out of her Calabasas family home at 2am local time and taken to hospital in an ambulance.
Scott Miller of the Los Angeles County Fire Department tells People.com that paramedics responded to a 911 call regarding "a possible overdose".
The drama came just hours after the teen posted cryptic notes to her Twitter.com feed. One read, "I wonder why tears are salty?", while another offered up the lyrics to the Beatles' Yesterday: "yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though they're here to stay."
Paris has posted several messages on Twitter about her relationships and musings on love and friendship in recent weeks, but she appeared happy when she uploaded a make-up tips video to YouTube.com over the weekend (01-02Jun13).
Asked to comment on her daughter's state of mind following the early morning medical emergency, mum Debbie Rowe has said she has "a lot going on".
Paris and her brothers Prince Michael and Blanket and their grandmother Katherine Jackson are currently in the midst of a wrongful death lawsuit with the bosses of AEG Live, accusing them of ignoring Michael Jackson's health issues prior to his doomed This Is It comeback concerts.
The trial has entered its sixth week.
Debbie Rowe has confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that Paris Jackson tried to commit suicide and is currently recovering in a Los Angeles hospital. She was rushed to the hospital in the early hours of Wednesday morning with cuts on her wrists. Rowe told ET that Jackson has had "a lot going on [lately]."
L.A. County Fire confirms to ET that they received a 911 call for an overdose at 1:15 a.m. and one person was transported to hospital. Rowe's lawyer, Eric George, tells TMZ, "We appreciate everyone's thoughts for Paris at this time and their respect for the family's privacy."
On Wednesday, Jackson tweeted, "yesterday , all my troubles seemed so far away ... now it looks as though they're here to stay."
i wonder why tears are salty ?
— Paris Jacksoη (@ParisJackson) June 5, 2013
yesterday , all my troubles seemed so far awaynow it looks as though they're here to stay
— Paris Jacksoη (@ParisJackson) June 5, 2013
Jackson's crisis is timely, as June 25 marks the fourth anniversary of Michael Jackson's passing.
Follow Jordyn on Twitter @jordynmyah | Follow Hollywood.com on Twitter @Hollywood_com
More:Paris Jackson's Tears On Neverland VisitParis Jackson Opens Up About Reconciliation with MotherParis Jackson Planning Tattoo Tribute to Superstar Father
From Our PartnersStars Pose Naked for 'Allure' (Celebuzz)Which Game of Thrones Actor Looks Least Like His Character? (Vulture)