Initially reserved on the issue, youngest Jackson sibling Janet Jackson, has finally confirmed that she won’t be attending the upcoming concert in her brother’s honor.
“Because of the trial, the timing of this tribute to our brother would be too difficult for me”, Janet expressed in a statement to the Associated Press. On Monday, what would’ve been her brother’s 53rd birthday, Janet stopped short of denouncing the show as her two brothers Jermaine and Randy have.
Posting identical twitter statements earlier this summer, the brothers wrote: “While we wholeheartedly support the spirit of a tribute that honors our brother, we find it impossible to support an event that is due to take place during the criminal trial surrounding Michael’s death… we feel it is inappropriate to be involved with such an ill-timed event and its promoter.”
They went on to say: “There will come a time and place for an amazing and deserving tribute to Michael. But we feel the most important tribute we can give to our brother at this time is to seek justice in his name.”
The concert promoter for the upcoming Michael Jackson tribute has been catching quite a bit of flak about the show’s timing. However, many members of the Jackson clan plan to support the concert organized by Global Live Events. Michael’s mother Katherine, his father Joe, siblings LaToya, Marlon, Jackie, Tito, and children Paris, Blanket, and Prince are all onboard.
While the show is scheduled for October 8th in Cardiff, Wales, opening statements for the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray , in the case of involuntary manslaughter, are scheduled to begin on September 27.
Accused of giving the King of Pop a lethal dose of propofol and other sedatives on June 25, 2009, Conrad has pleaded not guilty. He could face up to four years in prison if convicted.
Though jury selection was under way in May, the trial has already been postponed twice since Conrad invoked his right to a speedy trial in January. According to KTLA Los Angeles, the delay is likely to mean the 171 potential jurors already “hardship qualified” will be dismissed and the jury selection process will start over from scratch.
The case is expected to last two months.
—Ciara E. Smith