Looking poised and confident, Paris Jackson smiled, laughed and joked with lawyers deposing her in the billion dollar wrongful death lawsuit of her late father Michael — just months before she attempted suicide.
RadarOnline.com has exclusively obtained the videotaped interrogation held on March 21 which was played to the jury hearing the case in a Los Angeles courtroom on Tuesday afternoon. You can watch the video below.
The 15-year-old heir to the Jackson fortune — who slashed her wrists and was rushed to hospital on June 5 — was questioned under oath about her former nanny, Grace Rwaramba.
“You’re going to get creeped out… no joke,” the jovial teenager told lawyers representing concert promoter AEG, as she recounted how the King of Pop had told her that he didn’t like Rwaramba, who she said was “obsessed” with her father.
Charged Paris: “My dad didn’t like her so he tried to keep her away from us. He would send her to run errands a lot… He said she was sneaky, she was not an honest person and she lied a lot.”
When asked why, if the pop star didn’t like Ugandan-born Rwaramba, did he not fire her, Paris testified: “He felt bad. She didn’t really have a lot of money.”
The issue of Rwaramba became an issue in the Jackson’s case when lawyers for the famed music family hinted Rwaramba had been fired by AEG — the company behind Jackson’s ill-fated “This Is It” comeback tour — the same way his personal chef Kai Chase was let go two months before Jackson died.
The portrait painted by Paris is very different to how Rwaramba had previously been viewed; it had been thought she was like a mother to Jackson’s children Prince Michael, 16, Paris and ten-year-old Prince Michael II, aka Blanket, over her 17 years of employment.
Rwaramba was introduced to Jackson by his former manager Dr Tohme R Tohme. She started out as a secretary before working her way up to supposedly become the most important woman in the superstar Thriller singer’s life.
Jackson and Rwaramba were thought to be so close that the couple was rumored to be considering marriage.
With Paris still in hospital after her suicide bid – and having been visited by Rwaramba — lawyers were forced to introduce the video.
Paris, sporting short-cropped black hair, told lawyers that it was unrequited love, however.
Said Paris: “She used to be (one of the nannies) but she got really creepy. This is going to freak you out. One time, it was before — me and my brother were really young — before Blanket was born.
“When he would stay in a hotel, or whatever, she would call the hotel and say that she was his wife. She was obsessed with him… They let her in and he’d wake up and she would be in his bed.”
After one of the lawyers reacted to Paris’ story, she joked, “I saw your expression. You are like, what? That is what he told us and it is kind of creepy.”
“It is a little creepy,” one lawyer said, agreeing.
Asked why her father didn’t get rid of her, Paris replied: “He sent her to India, I think. He sent her to India to get some stuff. She kept coming back.”
Katherine Jackson and Michael’s three children contend the concert promoter failed to properly investigate Doctor Conrad Murray, who was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter death of the singer in 2011.
Lawyers for the Jacksons told the judge on Wednesday they expected to rest their case by July 8.