Court to decide Brown's involvement in Jackson tribute concert

Controversial r n' b artist Chris Brown's involvement in a Michael Jackson tribute concert will be decided in a US court, event organisers said today.

Brown was given a community service sentence last month after admitting assaulting R&B singer Rihanna.

The producer of The Tribute, a special gig to commemorate the late star, which will be held in Vienna later this month, said a judge would rule on whether Brown was allowed to leave the United States to take part.

Jackson's brother Jermaine said he was confident Brown would appear and said he deserved forgiveness for what he had done.

"Chris Brown is working out some situations but he definitely expressed to us that he wants to be here and it's just up to what he's going through with his court case right now but he's definitely going to work that out and be here," he said.

Georg Kindel, who is co-producing the show with Jermaine, said they expected a judge in the US to decide today whether Brown would be able to travel to Austria.

Jermaine said he had no fears about negative publicity surrounding Brown's recent troubles and called on people to show forgiveness.

"People make mistakes and he's a wonderful performer and during these times people need support and that's really important," he said.

The tribute show will feature a host of international artists including Mary J Blige, Akon and singers from the Middle East and India.

Jermaine said that he had also spoken to Stevie Wonder and was confident he would be able to take part.

Jermaine hinted at a possible reunion performance from the Jackson family at the show, saying he had invited all of his brothers and sisters along.

As well as performances from Michael's original band and dancers, the concert will also include a duet between Jermaine and Michael.

Details of how the dead star will take part are being kept under wraps but organisers said it would be one of the highlights of the evening.

Jermaine broke down in tears as he told a news conference at Kensington Palace in London that since his brother's death in Los Angeles the family had not had time for private mourning.

"We have not had our time yet," he said.

"We are trying to find our time just to be a family and pick up the pieces and move on but at the same time we realise that Michael didn't just belong to us anymore - he belonged to the whole world and we have to continue to give the world what they want."

He said he hoped that after the concert at Schonbrunn Palace the family would have the chance to come to terms with the loss of Michael in their own way.

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