Concert giant seeks Jermaine Jackson's book drafts
FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2009 file photo, Jermaine Jackson, bother of late U.S. pop star Michael Jackson, smiles prior to a press conference on "The Tribute - In Memory of Michael Jackson" in Berlin. Concert giant AEG Live filed a motion on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 seeking Jermaine Jackson’s drafts and manuscripts for books on his superstar brother, claiming they may reveal important details that will help it defend against a lawsuit filed by Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson. (AP Photo/Franka Bruns, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Concert giant AEG Live is seeking book drafts and manuscripts by Jermaine Jackson that it claims may reveal details about his superstar brother that will help its defense in a lawsuit filed by the singers' mother.
AEG is seeking drafts and manuscripts of Jackson's recent book, "You Are Not Alone," as well as an unpublished memoir it claims may focus on Michael Jackson's alleged drug abuse.
Jermaine Jackson's attorneys are fighting the request, calling them overly broad and in violation of the First Amendment, according to court filings. Turning over the writings also would violate the privacy of Michael Jackson's three children and other family members and constitute a "fishing expedition," according to documents filed Monday.
AEG's attorneys contend the writings are important to its defense in a case filed by the singers' mother claiming the concert promoter failed to properly supervise Conrad Murray, the physician convicted of involuntary manslaughter for Michael Jackson's June 2009 death.
Their efforts seek drafts of a book described as "Legacy: Surviving the Best and the Worst," which was reportedly in the works several years before the pop superstar's death. AEG claims drafts of the work would show issues "of immense relevance to this case, including Michael Jackson's rumored long-term abuse of prescription medication."
** FILE ** In this March 5, 2009 file photo US singer Michael Jackson announces that he is set to play ten live concerts at the London O2 Arena in July, which he announced at a press conference at the London O2 Arena. Concert giant AEG Live filed a motion on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 seeking Jermaine Jackson’s drafts and manuscripts for books on his superstar brother, claiming they may reveal important details that will help it defend against a lawsuit filed by Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
AEG's attorney Marvin Putnam wrote in an email that the company was seeking the documents because, during his book tour, Jermaine Jackson publicly touted the "details of his brother's life and death." Putnam also wrote that Jermaine Jackson claimed he was the "only person qualified to deliver the real Michael."
The writings are not covered by protections afforded to investigative journalists since they are memoirs, AEG wrote in its motion to get a judge to order the release of the materials. A hearing is scheduled for Nov. 28.
Jermaine Jackson's lawyer Kevin Boyle, who also represents his mother in the lawsuit against AEG, was not immediately available for comment.
AEG had promoted Michael Jackson's comeback shows, titled "This Is It," which were canceled after his unexpected death due to an overdose of a hospital anesthetic the singing had been given to help him sleep.