Video of Michael Jackson's Kids' Deposition Plays In Court
Just-released deposition tapes of Michael Jackson’s children, taken before Paris Jackson’s suicide attempt, show Michael Jackson’s only daughter relaxed and incredibly candid. INSIDE EDITION has details of the footage.
Video of Paris Jackson testifying at her father's wrongful death trial has been played in court.
The video deposition was shot three months ago, before the 15-year-old attempted suicide. In the video she said, "This is going to freak you out."
Paris was always expected to take the stand live, in person, but lawyers have been forced to use her taped video deposition because she is not available as she is still in the hospital following her suicide attempt.
Wearing a blue button-down, Paris opens up about her former nanny, Grace Rwaramba, a mysterious figure in Michael Jackson’s life.
Paris said, "My dad didn't like her, so he tried to keep her away from us."
A lawyer asked her, "If he didn't like her why didn't he get rid of her permanently?"
"He felt bad," she said.
The lawyer asked, "Do you know why he felt bad?"
"Cause she didn't have a lot of money," said Paris.
The lawyer asked, "Did your father say why he didn't like her?"
"Yeah, he said she was sneaky, she wasn't an honest person, and she lied a lot," she said.
The Jackson family is suing concert promoter AEG Live, claiming the company is liable in Michael Jackson’s death because it hired Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
Grace Rwaramba is expected to be a key witness for the Jackson family. Lawyers for the concert promoter are trying to use the testimony from Paris to discredit Rwaramba.
Legal expert Royal Oakes told INSIDE EDITION, "The nanny was going to be a powerful witness for the Jackson family, but Paris trashed her. As a result, there is very little effectiveness of her testimony for the family."
Paris also shows her lively sense of humor. You can even hear her stop herself from cursing.
She said, "I think it was when my brother and I were really, really young, like before Blanket was born, you're going to get creeped out, no [expletive], no joke. She would call the hotel and say she was his wife. She was obsessed with him. She called, said that she was his wife and he'd wake up and she'd be like in his bed. So, your face, I saw your expression, you're like, what?"
Everyone in the room cracked up.
The lawyer said, "That's a little creepy."
"Just a little," said Paris.
The lawyer asked, "Why didn't he make her just stay away?"
"He sent her to like India, I think. He sent her to India to get some stuff," she said.
Video testimony of Paris' older brother, Prince, was also shown at the trial. 16-year-old Prince was asked about his father's health. Earlier testimony indicated that Michael Jackson was so weak at the end of his life that then 12-year-old Prince had to help him up the stairs.
The lawyer asked, "Was there ever a time that he came home from rehearsals so tired that you had to help him upstairs?"
Prince said, "I wouldn't be able either, but no."
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