On April 30, 2013, Sharon Osbourne confirmed on the CBS weekday chat show “The Talk” that she has been subpoenaed to testify in the trial for the negligence lawsuit that family members of Michael Jackson have filed against AEG Live. The lawsuit claims that AEG Live, the promoter of Jackson’s ill-fated “This Is It” tour, was negligent in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to be Jackson’s personal physician.
In 2009, Jackson died at the age of 50 from acute Propofol intoxication. In 2011, Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in Los Angeles County Jail for administering the Propofol that caused Jackson’s death.
AEG denies the lawsuit’s claim, by saying that Jackson was Murray’s direct employer and that the $150,000 a month that AEG paid Murray was an advance payment for the “This is It” concerts that were planned for London. Jackson died a few weeks before the tour was scheduled to begin.
The trial began in Los Angeles on April 29, 2013. The plaintiffs are Michael Jackson’s mother (Katherine) and his three children: Prince Michael Jr., Paris, and Prince Michael III, who is nicknamed Blanket. The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages, which the jury will decide if the plaintiffs win.
Other potential witnesses in the trial include Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Lou Ferrigno and Spike Lee, as well as Michael Jackson’s two ex-wives, Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe.
Cameras are not allowed in the courtroom.
Osbourne commented on “The Talk” about being subpoenaed: “What do you do? You do your duty. Somebody asks you to come to court, you are subpoenaed and you do your duty.”
In early April 2013, Osbourne revealed on “The Talk” what her involvement is in the case: “There were certain people that worked at that company [AEG Live] that knew that Michael Jackson was not well and didn’t care because it was business. And, at the end of the day, whether he performed or he didn’t, they would still make money, and I’ve had conversations with certain people at that company who have said exactly that to me. If they would like me to go to court, the Jackson family, I will stand up and tell you who said that to me.”
Although it hasn’t been officially announced yet, several British tabloids (including The Sun and the Daily Mirror) have reported that Osbourne is going to return to “The X Factor” U.K. judging panel. She was a judge on the show from 2004 to 2007.
Osbourne is reportedly replacing Tulisa Contostavlos, who has been fired. In an April 2013 interview with Radio Times, “The X Factor” executive producer Simon Cowell confirmed that Contostavlos is no longer a judge on the show and that her replacement has been chosen, but he declined to say who is replacing Contostavlos.
The four judges who will be on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2013 should be officially announced sometime in May. Osbourne is expected to also announce that she is quitting Los Angeles-based “The Talk,” the show she has co-hosted since its 2010 debut, because it would be impossible for her to be on both “The Talk” and “The X Factor” U.K. at the same time.
Osbourne has also been in the news for her admitted marital problems with her husband, Ozzy Osbourne, a recovering drug addict/alcoholic who confessed on Facebook that he had a relapse from late 2011 to early 2013. Sharon and Ozzy have both publicly stated that, despite these difficulties in their marriage, they are not divorcing.