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Friday, November 4, 2011

Jury deciding fate of Michael's doctor Conrad Murray

A Los Angeles jury has started deliberating the fate of Michael Jackson's doctor after hearing six weeks of evidence.

The seven men and five women have heard from 49 witnesses, including Doctor Conrad Murray's patients and girlfriends past and present, medical experts and former employees of the king of pop.

Prosecutor Davis Walgren told the jury on Thursday that is "abundantly clear" that the physician caused Michael's death.

"For Michael's children, this case will go on forever, because they do not have a father," he said, adding: "Conrad Murray is criminally liable. Justice demands a guilty verdict.

Michael Jackson trusted Conrad Murray. He trusted him with his life. He trusted him with his own life and with the future lives of his children.

Conrad Murray corrupted that relationship and because of that, Michael Jackson paid with his life.

Meanwhile defence lawyer Ed Chernoff argued no crime was committed.

"For a crime to be proved, the prosecution has to show that Dr Murray actually killed Michael Jackson," he told the jury. 

"They want you to convict Dr Murray for the actions of Michael Jackson. If it were anybody else but Michael Jackson, would this doctor be here today?" he asked. 

"There is a tremendous desire to paint Dr Murray as the villain. They want to paint this perfect villain and this perfect victim. But there is not perfect villain and no perfect victim," he said.

"He was just a little fish in a big dirty pond."

Michael died from a fatal dose of the surgical anesthetic propofol.

The jury must decide if the overdose of the was infused into the singer's blood by a steady IV drip – as the prosecution contends – or if Michael injected himself using a syringe left nearby by Doctor Murray, as the defence argues.

The physician – who did not testify at the trial – faces up to four years in prison, and the loss of his medical licence, if he is found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Kim Kardashian: 'I rushed into marriage too soon'

Kim Kardashian said she never meant to hurt anyone by ending her marriage after just 72 days.

The reality star posted a message to her fans on her website, one day after filing for divorce from Kris Humphries.

Kim said that she "married for love" and "would not have spent so much time on something just for a TV show".


But the 31-year-old went on to admit that she "got caught up with the hoopla and the filming of the TV show".

"When I probably should have ended my relationship, I didn't know how to and I didn't want to disappoint a lot of people," she wrote.

"I accept full responsibility for my actions and decisions, and for taking everyone on this journey with me. It just didn’t turn out to be the fairytale I had so badly hoped for.

"I want a family and babies and a real life so badly that maybe I rushed into something too soon.

"I’m sorry if I have hurt anyone, but my dad always told me to follow my heart and I believe now that I really am."

Kim and Kris dated for nine months before marrying in August. 

Their lavish ceremony featured exclusively in HELLO! magazine.

She added that reports she made millions of dollars from the wedding "are simply not true and it makes me so sad to have to even clarify this".

In her post, Kim said she plans to "donate the money for all the gifts to the Dream Foundation".

She does not mention basketball ace Kris in the 370-word message.

More on Kim's short-lived marriage

Kim's full statement: "A message to my fans"

This is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write. I see all of the support and I am so thankful for my fans, friends and family who are helping me through this difficult time.

I am trying not to read all the different media reports but it’s hard not to see all the negative ones. First and foremost, I married for love. I can’t believe I even have to defend this.

I would not have spent so much time on something just for a TV show! I share so much of my life on a reality show, that contemplating whether to even film my wedding was a tough decision to make, and maybe it turned out to not be the smartest decision.

But it’s who I am! We filmed Kourtney giving birth, Khloe getting married, break ups, make ups, our best moments and our worst moments. These were all real moments. That’s what makes us who we are. We share, we give, we love and we are open!

Everyone that knows me knows that I’m a hopeless romantic! I love with all of my heart and soul. I want a family and babies and a real life so badly that maybe I rushed in to something too soon.

I believed in love and the dream of what I wanted so badly. I felt like I was on a fast roller coaster and couldn’t get off when now I know I probably should have.

I got caught up with the hoopla and the filming of the TV show that when I probably should have ended my relationship, I didn’t know how to and didn’t want to disappoint a lot of people.

I’m being honest here and I hope you respect my courage because this isn’t easy to go through. But I do know that I have to follow my heart.

I never had the intention of hurting anybody and I accept full responsibility for my actions and decisions, and for taking everyone on this journey with me. It just didn’t turn out to be the fairy tale I had so badly hoped for.

There are also reports that I made millions of dollars off of the wedding. These reports are simply not true and it makes me so sad to have to even clarify this.

I’m so grateful to everyone who took the time to come to my wedding and I’ll be donating the money for all the gifts to the Dream Foundation.

I’m sorry if I have hurt anyone, but my dad always told me to follow my heart and I believe now that I really am.

Kim feels the love as fans help put smile back on her face

On her first day abroad after news of her divorce broke, Kim Kardashian was photographed downcast and glum during a promotional event.

But a day later the reality star has put her troubles behind her and raised a smile, all thanks to her unconditional loving fans.

The 31-year-old, who was accompanied by her sister Khloe, was showered with gifts and welcomed by big cheers from supporters of all ages.


The two sisters are currently in Australia to promote the Kardashian Kollection handbag range.

Later on that day, they appeared on an Aussie TV show, where her cheerful mood quickly faded away.

The hosts of Australia's Sunrise programme grilled the reality star on how hard she worked to save her brief marriage to Kris Humphries, asking whether she had sought counselling before filing for divorce.

"I think when you know so deep in your heart that you just have to listen to your intuition, and follow your heart," Kim replied.

"There's no right or wrong thing to do".

"I think what really upsets me most is that there has been from the start so many rumours of money and dollar signs ... and so much of it not being true," she said.

When pressed to more directly address accusations the marriage was a sham, the stony-faced star replied: "I think that's all I'm really going to say about the situation right now, and just kind of focus on why we're here in Australia".

Long-ing looks! Broody Eva dotes on baby Harper

In April, Eva Longoria told American TV host, Rachel Ray, that she wanted to "have kids and be a mum".

And the Desperate Housewives star - who split from husband Tony Parker a year ago - radiated a maternal glow as she bounced Victoria Beckham's daughter Harper on her knee at a football match on Thursday.

The trio of brunettes brought an injection of Girl Power to LA Galaxy's fixture against the New York Red Bulls.

Although dad David weaved his magic on the pitch, the real show was taking place in the spectator's gallery.

New mum Victoria sat back and relaxed whilst her friend lovingly entertained Harper


And the former Spice Girl also cradled the tot's head as she pulled her in for a kiss.

After their tender moment, she held her little girl up so she could see her daddy in action.

Victoria and Eva have carved out a solid friendship since the Beckhams moved to America after David signed for LA Galaxy.

The stunning brunette supported Victoria through her pregnancy and hosted her baby shower in May – much to Posh’s appreciation.

"Such a lovely day!!! thank u so much @EvaLongoria and @KenPaves for being such wonderful friends. Baby showers are so much fun!!!!!!!x vb," she posted afterwards.

Now, as well as having Eva enraptured, it seems baby Harper has also inspired mum Victoria - who has announced plans to add a children's collection to her thriving £15m fashion empire.

The star is said to want to sketch designs which reflect her family life.

"In some of her down time with Harper, Victoria has been jotting down drawings and coming up with ideas for kids' clothes that are practical but fun too.", a source told Showbiz Spy

Lovebirds Kristen and Robert leave mark on Hollywood

The stars of Twilight were met by hundreds of screaming fans as they took part in a hand and footprint ceremony in Hollywood.

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner's prints will join the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant and Harrison Ford outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre.


 Kristen, dressed in a beautiful nude beaded mini-dress, told the crowd it was "insane" to be taking part in the prestigious ceremony.

"I think this is the coolest thing I've ever done in my life," she said. "I just love this business, this is insane that I'm doing this."

The actress was spotted flirting and joking around with real-life other half R-Patz, threatening to smear wet concrete on him. 


 And Robert seemed just as overwhelmed by the experience as his girlfriend as he thanked the crowds.

"It's kind of ridiculous and amazing at the same time, and it's all down to you guys to drive this franchise forward, so thank you so much over the years for being so consistent," he said.

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