The Jackson family's lawyer insists Paris Jackson's recent suicide attempt had nothing to do with their wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoters AEG Live.
Perry Sanders ? who’s representing the 15-year-old aspiring actress' legal guardian and grandmother Katherine Jackson in the trial against the concert promoter ? says the court battle didn’t cause Paris to allegedly cut her wrists and swallow 20 Motrin painkillers at her home in Calabasas, California, last Wednesday, amid rumours she’s terrified of being forced to testify after giving a pre-trial deposition in March.
He told People.com, "Nobody would force her to do anything. I was with her both days of her deposition. She was a poised person. The deposition went fine, and Paris is a good, strong person."
A source close to Paris indicated the trial, which began seven weeks ago, has contributed to her depression because it’s reminded her of the sudden death of her father from acute propofol intoxication in 2009.
The insider said, "The trial has brought up the loss all over again. She's paying attention to every word of it. She's feeling that pain all over again."
The Jacksons’ lawyers have refused to comment on whether they’re still planning to call Paris as a witness, but Marvin Putnam, who’s representing AEG Live, said the defence was never planning on asking her to testify.
He said, "Our intention has never been to call Paris.”
The Jackson family are suing AEG Live for hiring and not properly investigating Dr Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for his role in Michael's death.