Jackson's father ends bid for estate stipend

Joe Jackson poses for photos backstage at the 9th Annual BET Awards on Sunday, June 28, 2009, in Los Angeles. (Dan Steinberg)

June 29, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Michael Jackson's father has dropped his request for a monthly allowance from his son's estate. Instead he's going after Jackson's doctor in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Joe Jackson filed the lawsuit on Friday against Dr. Conrad Murray, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death.

The Jackson family patriarch was omitted from his son's will, but in November asked to receive a $15,000 a month allowance to pay his monthly expenses.

Joe Jackson's filing indicates he may renew his request for a stipend later if necessary.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.