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Janet Jackson Sits In On AEG Trial

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Janet Jackson (Photo credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A famous sibling of late pop star Michael Jackson made an appearance in court Tuesday as the wrongful death lawsuit against Anschutz Entertainment Group entered its fifth week.

KNX 1070’s Margaret Carrero reports attorneys for AEG immediately objected after Janet Jackson showed up at the Los Angeles County Courthouse in downtown L.A.

An earlier ruling by the judge limited the number of family members allowed in the courtroom because most are potential witnesses.

Older daughter Rebbie left the courtroom in order to allow Janet to stay.

Jackson attorney Brian Panish then questioned AEG Live co-CEO Paul Gongaware about trying to fool Michael Jackson into doing more concerts than he agreed to.

A series of emails showed Gongaware calling Jackson lazy and instructing his assistant to alter the singer’s rehearsal schedule “so it looks like he’s not working so much.”

Jackson was rehearsing for 50 sold-out concerts in London at the time of his overdose death on June 25, 2009, at age 50 of acute propofol intoxication.

Gongaware later denied trying to pull one over on the pop star.

Lawyers for 83-year-old Katherine Jackson, who filed the lawsuit in 2010 on behalf of herself and her late son’s three children, allege that AEG Live hired Dr. Conrad Murray to care for the singer and failed to supervise him properly.

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