'I'm not answering that': Katherine Jackson snaps at lawyer when questioned at wrongful death trial about son Michael's drug dependency
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 23:12 GMT, 22 July 2013 | UPDATED: 08:40 GMT, 23 July 2013
Katherine Jackson grew annoyed while on the witness stand on Monday when questioned about her son Michael's drug dependency.
The 83-year-old mother of the King Of Pop - who died from an overdose of painkillers in 2009- snapped at a lawyer as she testified in her son's wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoters AEG Live.
Katherine said she does not believe her son bore any responsibility for his own death, and claimed he denied abusing painkillers during their only private conversation about the the issue in Las Vegas.
Visibly annoyed: Katherine Jackson grew annoyed while on the witness stand on Monday when questioned about her son Michael's drug dependency during his wrongful death trial
Katherine is suing AEG Live, claiming it failed to properly investigate Dr. Conrad Murray, who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving the singer an overdose of the anesthetic propofol.
She grew touchy when attorney Marvin Putnam, who represents the concert promoter, repeatedly asked her about the details regarding the Vegas meeting with her son, according to the NY Daily News.
'I'm not answering that question,' she said in response to one query she believed 'didn't make sense.'
'You're just getting me confused so you'll have something to come back on,' Katherine told Putnam.
He was innocent: Katherine said she does not believe her son had any responsibility for his own death, and claimed he denied abusing painkillers during their only private conversation about the the issue in Las Vegas
Katherine also told the jury she believes the promoters of her son's ill-fated comeback concerts watched her son waste away before his death.
Katherine Jackson tearfully testified that she didn't know about emails discussing her son's health until after a trial against AEG Live LLC began nearly three months ago.
She told jurors that AEG's executives should have called her to discuss issues with Jackson's health before his death in June 2009.
She made the comments about AEG's actions after Putnam questioned her stated motive for the lawsuit, which she says is a search for the truth.
'He took care of me': Katherine e tearfully described learning about his death and told jurors that he had been her primary means of financial support throughout his life.
Putnam told jurors during opening statements in the negligence lawsuit in April that the case centered on personal responsibility - specifically Michael's decision to ask Murray to administer propofol as a sleep aid while he prepared for his shows.
AEG Live denies it hired the doctor or bears any responsibility for Michael's death.
Katherine said she believes AEG Live hired Murray, and said she never heard of the cardiologist until her son died, and indicated that she felt Murray bore responsibility for her son's death.
'Even though he asked for it, he could have said no,' Katherine said of Murray.
She said she asked prosecutors to drop a $100 million restitution claim against Murray because he has several children.
'His money should go to the children,' she said.
Putnam also asked Katherine Jackson about her son's payments to her over the years. She said he directly paid many of the expenses on her home and would occasionally give her cash as a gift.
Katherine Jackson said she didn't keep track of the payments and appeared to grow annoyed at the questions.
'What does this have to do with the death of my son,' she asked Putnam.
The attorney also asked about Katherine Jackson about conversations she had with her son about prescription drug use.
She said she asked him about it when he lived in Las Vegas and he denied he was abusing prescription medications.
'I'm a mother, quite naturally he denied it,' she said. 'He wouldn't want me to think that.'
She said she was aware her son took medications for pain in his back and scalp after he sustained injuries over his career. She said she never saw signs that her son was abusing medications, including when she and several of her children went to the singer's Neverland Ranch for an intervention.
Her son was fine but upset that they thought he had a problem.
Katherine began her testimony on Friday. She tearfully described learning about his death and told jurors that he had been her primary means of financial support throughout his life.
'Michael took care of me, my every need, my every want,' she said Friday. 'He gave me everything.'