- NAME: Katherine Jackson
- OCCUPATION: Television Personality
- BIRTH DATE: May 04, 1930 (Age: 83)
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Barbour County, Alabama
- Full Name: Katherine Esther Jackson
- Maiden Name: Katherine Esther Scruse
- AKA: Katherine Scruse
- AKA: Kattie Screws
- Originally: Kattie B. Screws
- AKA: Katherine Jackson
- ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus
Best Known For
Katherine Jackson is best known for being the mother of international pop superstar Michael Jackson.
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On August 2, 2012, a judge restored Katherine Jackson as the primary guardian of Paris, Prince and Blanket, also approving a plan granting T.J. Jackson co-guardianship of the children.
In late 2012,
the Jackson family was once again entangled in a legal battle. Believing that AEG Live—the company that promoted Michael Jackson's planned comeback series, "This Is It," in 2009—had failed to effectively protect the singer while he was under Conrad Murray's care, and, thusly, was liable for his death, the Jacksons decided to sue the company. Katherine Jackson officially filed a wrongful death lawsuit against A.E.G. with her grandchildren.
The trial began on April 29, 2013, with Katherine being represented by attorney Brian Panish. "They wanted to be No. 1 at all costs," Panish said during his opening statements on the first day of the trial. "We're not looking for any sympathy ... we're looking for truth and justice." Lawyers sought up to $1.5 billion—an estimation of what Michael Jackson could have earned over the months since his death, if he were alive—in the case, but, in October 2013, a jury determined that A.E.G. was not responsible for Michael's death. "Although Michael Jackson's death was a terrible tragedy, it was not a tragedy of A.E.G. Live's making," said Marvin S. Putnam, A.E.G.'s lawyer.
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