October 24th, 2011
01:59 AM ET

Janet Jackson cancels shows to be with family as Murray trial ends

With the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor entering what could be its last week, Janet Jackson canceled shows in Australia to be with her family in Los Angeles.

Janet Jackson sat with her parents and several siblings during the first five days of the trial, but she has not been at court in nearly three weeks.

"After talking with my family last night, I decided we must be together right now," she said in a statement posted Sunday on her website, announcing that three shows this week in Melbourne are canceled.

The concert promoter told Jackson fans it was "important that Janet is with her family at this critical point in the hearing."

If her flight arrives in Los Angeles before Monday morning, Jackson may see the last hours of the prosecution's key witness, anesthesiologist expert Dr. Steven Shafer.

Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyers will use the next four days to challenge the prosecution's contention that his reckless use of the surgical anesthesia propofol to help Jackson sleep makes him criminally responsible for the pop icon's death.

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  1. Philip

    I always loved MJ he was so hot ,I have all his albums. I have alot of his posters in my bedroom,all his concert t -shirts and dozens of outfits.I wish that I could have stayed at the wonderland ranch over night. Oh the fun and joy He could have given me!

    October 24, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. yada

    Frankly, I wish people would let the poor guy rest in peace. He was a very troubled soul and lived a strange existence. Beyond that, is pure speculation. I know he was talented far beyond the normal realm. I doubt he was a child mol ester. I think he was plain and simply a child himself that never matured due to repeated abuse. Just wish ppl would stop with the jokes and judging. His, was a tragic life.

    October 24, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ashley

    Janet was at the trail for the first two weeks not just five days.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. samantha

    Michael is resting at peace but he and his family deserve justice for his premature death. Michael's life was not tragic but his death was. There is no excuse for Murray's behavior and he should be punished.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland Tony

      Murray was a bad man and will be punished. However, the Jackson "family" deserves worse for not intervening with appropriate help for his addictions and psychological problems. Most of which were evident prior to Dr.Murray's treatments.
      Such a talent ...Such a waste!

      October 24, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    I agree with Portland Tony.
    They *had* to have known what a mess MJ was.
    This show of support *now* is too little, too late; there should have been some type of intervention.
    I sincerely feel bad for Jackson's kids; they're the real victims here.
    Murray deserves what he gets.

    October 24, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Conrad Murray – Why do you waste my time like this. There are three words that discribe "you". They are "woulda"; "coulda"; and "shoulda". Please don't take this the wrong way, but the purpose of "malpractice insurance" is to protect "good" doctors that know what they are doing. Whereas Janet is concerned, no matter how contraversial a family gets, the Jackson family has seen enough turbulence in thier climb to fame. The family has the right to see justice served. It shall be.

    October 24, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    In my opinion, Dr. Murray is not responsible for Michael Jackson's death: Jackson himself is completely responsible.
    Dr. Murray is only responsible for prescribing drugs illegally, which is bad enough, especially when an addicted patient dies as a result of using drugs that he wanted.
    No one in Michael Jackson's family had enough material power over him to intervene. He was vastly wealthy, and his addiction did not interfere with his earning power sufficiently to stop his usage. Only financial ruin could have stopped that cycle, and ruin might not have stopped it. It didn't stop Judy Garland, Johnny Ray, Elvis Presley, or any later addicts who lived the same story. In a financial sense, Jackson "owned" his family, and he had bought his doctor's services and ethics.
    Dr. Murray should–and probably will be–penalized for his malpractice, but it is unethical to send the message to addicts that the doctor caused this brilliant performer's death.
    Michael Jackson drugged himself to death.

    October 24, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I did not use the term "ruin" quite correctly regarding famous performers who died from addiction. Some of them had ruined their ability to perform (along with their lives) by the time they died physically, but may not have become completely without resources.

    October 24, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    What will be will be.
    The man is gone.
    The verdict will not change that.

    October 24, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat2u

    Wonder if she'll have another wardrobe malfunction while she's there ?

    October 24, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sue

    Where was the Jackson Family when Michael was alive? Their "show" at the trial is just for publicity. If I remember correctly, Latoya alienated herself from Michael during the child molestation accusations. Where was the "Family" during all of that? His Mother was there, but other than that, there was not this 'show' of support from all of them for Michael then. They knew he was abusing drugs, yet they did nothing! There must be something it in for them to participate in this farce, this fake show of unity and support for Michael.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • fyo

      u read too much celebrity magazines... word of advice , those are not factual journal , they are magazine opinions meant to appeal to people like u

      November 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |