A judge has banned Michael Jackson’s siblings from turning up together in court — in case they influence the jury in the family’s $40billion lawsuit against concert promoters.
Janet, Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, La Toya, Rebbie and Randy Jackson are all set to appear as witnesses during the four-month trial.
AEG argued there was “a risk in allowing any of them in the courtroom”.
AEG is being sued by Michaels 82-year-old mum Katherine and his three children Prince, 16, Paris, 15, and Blanket, 11.
Katherine can stay in court because she is a plaintiff — and Jackson family lawyer Brian Panish insisted she needed one of her children to sit with her each day. Yesterday it was Randy, 51.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos said: “He can remain, but you cannot have five in the courtroom.”
AEG lawyer Marvin Putman said the company had not known the full extent of Jacko’s problems – “The truth is, Michael Jackson fooled everyone. He made sure that no one, nobody, knew his deepest, darkest secrets.”
Superstars including Diana Ross and Prince are on the witness list.