Janet Jackson Cancels Australia Concerts to Attend Dr. Conrad Murray Trial

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By Michael Lewittes


Janet Jackson is cutting short her Australian tour so she can join her family at the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who’s been charged with the involuntary manslaughter of her brother Michael.

The performer told the Associated Press, “When I planned these shows, the schedule in California was completely different,” adding, “After talking with my family last night, I decided we must be together right now… This saddens me in so many ways.”

Jackson’s “Number Ones” tour was slated to hit Melbourne on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. She has rescheduled a one-night only show for November 3 at the city’s Rod Laver Arena.

The tour’s promoter, Paul Dainty, understood Jackson’s decision. He said, “It is important that Janet is with her family at this critical point in the hearing. While Janet and our company apologize for any inconvenience for the reschedule of the Melbourne shows, we thank Janet for the great and successful concerts in Perth and Adelaide and eagerly await her return. … Our thoughts and prayers are with Janet and the entire Jackson family.”

The prosecution in the Dr. Murray trial is scheduled to wrap its case as early as Monday, and then the defense will present its side.

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