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Michael Jackson's doctor gets private screening of rehearsal footage

June 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Sony Pictures is giving Michael Jackson's doctor and his defense lawyers a private screening to watch nearly 100 hours of raw rehearsal footage for the pop star's "This Is It" concert.

A court hearing set for Friday will determine who pays for the personnel required for the screening.

The footage is a major factor in the wrongful death case against Dr. Conrad Murray.

The defense wants to see all of the video to determine whether there's any evidence of Jackson being sick shortly before his death.

Sony doesn't want to release the video, fearing it would hit the Internet and become less valuable.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death.