Janet Jackson: I Won't Attend Michael Jackson Tribute Concert

Show 'too difficult' because it coincides with trial of doctor charged in her brother's death

August 30, 2011 9:55 AM ET
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Janet Jackson has announced that she will not attend a tribute concert for her brother Michael Jackson because it will coincide with the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop icon's death.

"Because of the trial, the timing of this tribute to our brother would be too difficult for me," Janet Jackson said in a statement yesterday. This echoes the sentiment of her brothers Randy and Jermaine, who announced earlier this summer that they would not be involved with the show, which is set to take place on October 8th in Wales.

Photos: Michael Jackson Remembered

Though Janet, Randy and Jermaine have distanced themselves from Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert, their mother Katherine and sister LaToya have backed the show, which will feature performances by Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Smokey Robinson.

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