- Jul 25, 2011
Sorry I wasn't clear : no, I don't think Paris made it up.
I think AEG should NOT have used her video at that point. I would have understood if they had used it when PG testified about firing Grace, but they did not at that point. They used it when Kai Chase was describing the relationship of the kids with Grace. So at that moment, it was totally irrlevant since the relationship with Grace is irrelevant to this trial.
To me that was unnecessary and very low from AEG at that point. I think they did that for strategical reasons : discredit Grace and/or Michael and/or put Paris in a difficult position.
At that point in time, it was unclear if Paris would testify or not. She had just tried to kill herself and was in hopsital. If she had had to testify she would have had to explain that comment herself.
Then following Paris' suicide attempt, Grace re appeared. Before that, the Jacksons lawyers said they couldn't locate her.
Now the Jacksons have to deal with that, and they asked several witnesses , including Prince about that. You can't really explain what she said, unless you know why Michael said that about Grace. So they're saying Paris is confused.
This is ALSO strategical, they could leave it at that and not ask other witnesses about it. It's most likely to put Grace in the stand / give her back some credibility and explain why there was a bank account in Grace's name with money from Michael for Katherine on it in 2006.
Grace (if she takes the stand) and Debbie will most likely also testify about Paris, and the effect that losing her dad had on her. Grace can aslo explain why Paris is "confused" : explain the reason why Michael said that to the kids. I don't know if she would though.
In her video Paris said that's what he (Michael) told US . Prince was not asked by either party about what Michael said about Grace.
Thanks for clarifying. But I don't think they knew Paris likely won't be testifying when Gongaware was on the stand. They probably would've played/addressed it when she testifies, but since they saw that probably won't be happening, they asked the judge to allow them to play it at that point.
I still don't see how that is discrediting MJ. Grace yes, but MJ - I don't see it. And IMO it is the Jacksons who put Paris in this position, not AEG. They (Jacksons) don't need Grace to testify - even for a bank account. I'm sure they can easily provide evidence that MJ has been solely supporting Katherine for decades and she's been fully dependent on him. I don't think they seriously need Grace for this.
The fact that they are pushing for her so hard and willing to throw Paris and MJ under the bus because of it speaks volumes to me. Yes, I know it is strategic, although the fact that certain siblings trashed Grace and Katherine fired her doesn't exactly fit with all the praise they've been showering upon her in court.
IMO I don't see how Grace could explain why MJ told this to Paris without putting him in negative light, because surely she will try to paint herself in a good light.