Michael Jackson - Jackson Family Drops Restitution Bid
The family of late singer Michael Jackson have dropped their $100 million restitution bid against Dr. Conrad Murray.
The family of late singer Michael Jackson have dropped their restitution bid against Dr. Conrad Murray.
Relatives of the 'Thriller' hitmaker - including his parents Joe and Katherine and children Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and nine-year-old Prince Michael II, who is known as Blanket - had been seeking $100 million damages from the medic but have now decided not to pursue the claim because the doctor is close to being broke and his medical licence has been revoked.
As a result, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office have cancelled a hearing which was set for Monday (23..01.12),
District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Jane Robison told E! News: "We informed Judge Pastor that the Jackson family is not seeking restitution and asked that the matter be taken off the calendar."
The Jacksons initially argued that Murray - who was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of the star in November - should make up for the projected earnings from Michael's 'This Is It' 50-date London residency, scheduled to start just weeks after his death from acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009.
However, during the medic's sentencing, even prosecutors conceded it would be impossible for Murray to repay $100 million and he filed paperwork last month saying he is almost bankrupt and can't pay $1.8 million in funeral expenses.
Murray is currently serving a four-year jail term over Michael's death, but is expected to be released in just over two years due to overcrowding in the California state prison system.