Jackson Lawyers Win Permission To Show This Is It Outtakes In Court

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June 24, 2011 | 7:00pm EST

Lawyers in the upcoming Michael Jackson manslaughter trial have won permission to show raw, unseen footage of the King of Pop’s This Is It concert rehearsal film in court on the eve of the second anniversary of the superstar’s death.
Defense attorneys and prosecutors in the case against Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray were told they would be able to show clips in a bid to determine the singer’s physical condition in the days before he died during a hearing in Los Angeles on Friday.

Outtakes that were not used in the film, capturing the last week of Jackson’s life – as he prepared for dates in London, will be shown in court as part of the trial, which will begin in September.

Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter and accused of administering a fatal dose of powerful anesthetic Propofol and other sedatives. He has pleaded not guilty.

His defense team maintains Jackson may have taken his own life amid growing financial problems and the stress of a gruelling 50-date show. They hope the footage will show Jackson as a tired star, struggling with the daily grind of rehearsals. Prosecutors hope the footage will show the opposite.