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AEG-Michael Jackson wrongful death trial

A jury will weigh whether AEG negligently hired and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray, who gave Michael Jackson a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol on the eve of what was to be the singer's comeback tour. The trial is expected to last up to four months. 

  • 'This Is It' was to be Michael Jackson's final tour, AEG exec says

    'This Is It' was to be Michael Jackson's final tour, AEG exec says

    This post has been corrected. See below. The “This Is It” concert series in London — which was to have earned Michael Jackson millions and served as a triumphant comeback — was to be the performer’s final tour, a ranking concert promoter testified Friday. Paul Gongaware, co-CEO of AEG Live and...

  • Murray wanted $5 million to treat Jackson, AEG exec testifies

    Murray wanted $5 million to treat Jackson, AEG exec testifies

    An AEG executive testified Monday in the Michael Jackson wrongful death civil trial that he offered Dr. Conrad Murray $150,000 a month on the singer's instructions to serve as his personal physician on the "This Is It" concert series in London.Murray originally asked for a total of $5 million,...

  • Michael Jackson lost $26 million on HIStory tour's 1st leg, exec says

    Michael Jackson lost $26 million on HIStory tour's 1st leg, exec says

    Michael Jackson lost $26 million on the first leg of the HIStory tour in the mid-1990s and was in debt for sound, lighting and other expenses, according to testimony Friday in the wrongful death suit his family has filed. Paul Gongaware, now co-CEO of AEG Live/Live Nation, testified he was brought...

  • Doctor told AEG that Michael Jackson was a drug addict, lawyer says

    Doctor told AEG that Michael Jackson was a drug addict, lawyer says

    The attorney for Michael Jackson’s family in its wrongful-death lawsuit said Thursday a doctor testified in a deposition that he injected Jackson with morphine while the singer was touring Asia and that he told a current AEG executive Jackson was a drug addict. According to Brian Panish, the attorney...

  • AEG email: Footage of a 'skeletal' Jackson ordered deleted

    AEG email: Footage of a 'skeletal' Jackson ordered deleted

    About six weeks after Michael Jackson’s death, an AEG executive told a producer for the “This Is It” documentary to delete footage of the singer looking too “skeletal.” Witnesses in the Jackson family’s wrongful-death suit have testified that they were worried about the singer’s health and dramatic...

  • AEG email: Murray works for us, not Jackson

    AEG email: Murray works for us, not Jackson

    An email from a ranking AEG executive that was shown in court Wednesday could be among the most telling pieces of evidence in answering a central question in the Michael Jackson wrongful death suit: who employed Dr. Conrad Murray? “Frank and I have discussed it already and have requested a face-to-face...

  • Michael Jackson case: 'We need to pull the plug now,' says AEG email

    Michael Jackson case: 'We need to pull the plug now,' says AEG email

    Three months before Michael Jackson died, a top executive of concert promoter AEG Live wrote an email to another company executive saying, "We need to pull the plug now. I will explain." The email was sent on March 25, 2009, and was from Randy Phillips to Paul Gongaware, who took the stand Tuesday...

  • AEG exec testifies he knew Michael Jackson was taking painkillers

    AEG exec testifies he knew Michael Jackson was taking painkillers

    A high-ranking AEG executive testified Tuesday that he had known for years that Michael Jackson was taking painkillers but wasn’t aware he was abusing them until the pop singer abruptly canceled his Dangerous world tour in the early 1990s to enter rehab. Paul Gongaware, the co-chief executive of...

  • Michael Jackson trial: AEG email could bolster family's case

    Michael Jackson trial: AEG email could bolster family's case

    An AEG executive sent an email shortly before Michael Jackson died, saying the firm had requested a meeting with his doctor “to remind him that it is AEG, not MJ who is paying his salary. We want him to understand what is expected of him." The email was shown to the jury Thursday in the wrongful...

  • Witness: Michael Jackson passed medical exam 'with flying colors'

    A few months before Michael Jackson’s death, AEG executives were told that the performer had passed a medical exam “with flying colors,” an in-house attorney for the company testified Wednesday. Shawn Trell, senior vice president and general counsel for AEG, said he contacted a London insurance...

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