Debbie Rowe testified Thursday about Paris Jackson and the emotional impact of her father Michael Jackson’s early death. Speaking to a Los Angeles civil court, Rowe said that her 15-year-old daughter “is devastated. She tried to kill herself…She has no life. She doesn’t feel she has a life any more.”
It was an emotional statement. According to multiple media sources, the mother of singer Michael Jackson’s two older children burst into tears.
Paris Jackson herself won’t be testifying. The fragile teen attempted suicide in June and is still receiving inpatient treatment.
Debbie Rowe spoke out about Paris Jackson on the 70th day of testimony in the wrongful death civil trial. She also gave extensive testimony about Michael Jackson’s fear of pain that caused him to go doctor and drug shopping.
You can read a fuller report on the pain testimony right here. But the short version is that the former nurse is actually well-qualified to offer an opinion on the subject.
And Rowe is convinced that doctors took advantage of Michael Jackson’s fear of pain to sell their own services to the high-profile singer.
Sleep expert Dr. Charles Czeisler testified in June about Jackson’s abuse of an insomnia drug supplied by Dr. Conrad Murray. According to Czeisler, no human being had ever before been given propofol for such a long period of time.
The months-long civil trial is a battle over whether or not AEG Live was negligent when the company hired Dr. Murray to treat Michael Jackson. His death at age 50, shortly before a comeback tour, may have cost the Jackson family heirs millions of dollars. Murray has, of course, already been convicted of involuntary manslaughter for his role in supplying Jackson with the drugs that killed him.
And it isn’t just about money. Debbie Rowe wanted to remind the court of the emotional costs as well. Paris Jackson was very badly hurt by her father’s sudden death.