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Paris Jackson won't testify in court battle

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Jun 28, 2013 | 7:12am EDT

Michael Jackson's troubled teenage daughter Paris will be spared the pain of testifying in an ongoing court battle over her father's death. Paris Jackson was expected to be among the witnesses called as part of a legal stand-off between the superstar's family and executives at AEG Live, the concert promotion company behind the King of Pop's doomed London comeback concerts. The 15 year old was recently hospitalised after a suicide attempt, and now lawyer Deborah Chang has confirmed Paris will not be forced to testify. Speaking during proceedings at Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday (27Jun13), she told the judge, "Paris is not going to be testifying." The revelation comes just a day after Paris' elder brother Prince took the stand and told the court his sister has struggled to cope following their father's death in 2009. Prince, 16, said, "Out of all my siblings, she was probably hit the hardest because she was my dad's princess. It really hurt her a lot. She definitely is dealing with it in her own way." He added of his own grief, "Nothing will ever be the same. I can't sleep at night. I have a hard time sleeping. For a while after he died, I became emotionally distant from a lot of people." The Jacksons are suing AEG Live chiefs in a bid to have them held responsible for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to treat the superstar in the run up to his London shows. Murray is serving time behind bars on an involuntary manslaughter charge relating to Jackson's death from an accidental drug overdose in 2009.

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