Jackson Pulls Out Of Movie Premiere To Attend Murray Trial

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October 31, 2011 | 12:30pm EST

Katherine Jackson has pulled out of the London premiere of a film about her late son Michael in order to attend the ongoing involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.
The Jackson family matriarch was set to be the guest of honor as the Thriller hitmaker’s pal David Gest unveiled Michael Jackson: The Life Of An Icon at a special screening on Wednesday.

But she’s decided to remain in Los Angeles to attend the closing stages of Murray’s trial, leaving her children Tito and Rebbie to walk the red carpet on her behalf.

In a statement, Katherine says, “I am very sorry that I cannot attend the World Premiere in London of a film I so strongly believe in. Due to the verdict in the trial of Dr Conrad Murray possibly being at that time, I want to be present in the court room for reasons I am sure everyone in the world will understand.

“David Gest, who was one of Michael’s closest life-long friends, has done a brilliant job in enlightening people to who the real Michael Jackson was. This movie is a true vindication of my son and some of the terrible things that he was put through in his life. I hope people will watch this film and understand more.”

Murray has pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jackson. He is accused of administering the fatal dose of Propofol that cost the King of Pop his life in June 2009.

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