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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. 

  • Director feared Michael Jackson 'could have hurt himself'

    Director feared Michael Jackson 'could have hurt himself'

    Michael Jackson tour director Kenny Ortega wrote in an email to the president and chief executive of AEG Live that the singer "could have hurt himself," according to court testimony. The email, in which Ortega said the singer was in frail mental health, was shown to the jury Monday. It was sent...

  • AEG sought life insurance on 'basket case' Michael Jackson

    In the days before Michael Jackson’s death, AEG executives were still attempting to secure a life insurance policy on the performer who had been acting erratically at rehearsals for his comeback tour, according to testimony and emails revealed in court Tuesday. On June 19, 2009, a production manager...

  • Michael Jackson's family offered to settle lawsuit, lawyer says

    Michael Jackson's family offered to settle lawsuit, lawyer says

    A lawyer for Michael Jackson’s family said they offered to settle their wrongful-death suit against concert promoter Anschutz Entertainment Group, but that they never got an answer. Kevin Boyle, an attorney for Jackson’s mother and three children, said the family made the offers in January and...

  • AEG paid Michael Jackson's manager $100,000 a month

    AEG paid Michael Jackson's manager $100,000 a month

    The promoter and producer putting on Michael Jackson's ill-fated "This Is It" concert series was paying his manager $100,000 a month, the only time entertainment giant AEG made such an agreement, a company lawyer testified Monday. Shawn Trell, senior vice president and general counsel for Anschutz...

  • Michael Jackson trial: Conrad Murray's payment demands 'outrageous'

    Michael Jackson trial: Conrad Murray's payment demands 'outrageous'

    A professional concert tour director testified Friday in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial that a doctor's demand for $5 million to serve as the singer's tour physician "raised a red flag." Marty Hom, who has spent 25 to 30 years as a tour director and tour manager, said that Dr. Conrad...

  • Former defender claims Michael Jackson was pedophile, abuser

    Former defender claims Michael Jackson was pedophile, abuser

    Once a key defender of Michael Jackson in his sexual molestation trial, Wade Robson on Thursday alleged that the pop star abused him as a child for seven years, forcing him to perform sex acts, and until now he has been unable and unwilling to understand what happened to him was sexual abuse. Jackson,...

  • Attorney agrees to hand over emails from Jackson's manager

    Attorney agrees to hand over emails from Jackson's manager

    Emails written by Michael Jackson’s longtime manager will be turned over to the attorneys involved in an ongoing wrongful death case filed by the pop singer’s mother and his three children. A Pennsylvania attorney for the widow of manager Frank DiLeo said Thursday that he would turn over emails...

  • Jackson trying to get 'down to my fighting weight,' witness says

    Jackson trying to get 'down to my fighting weight,' witness says

    The choreographer for the “This Is It” tour testified Tuesday that he had no doubts about Michael Jackson’s ability to perform in the series of comeback concerts after seeing the singer at rehearsal in the days before his death. “I thought he was on his way to the goals he had set for himself,”...

  • Jackson used vocal aid in concerts, choreographer says

    Jackson used vocal aid in concerts, choreographer says

    Michael Jackson sometimes sang during concerts accompanied by his own recorded vocal track to help him perform the most physically strenuous numbers, the choreographer for what was to be his comeback shows in London testified Monday. What is known as a vocal assist track is used by performers to...

  • Jackson pulled it together in final rehearsals, choreographer says

    Jackson pulled it together in final rehearsals, choreographer says

    A choreographer on Michael Jackson's doomed "This Is It" concert series testified Monday she was frustrated the singer was missing rehearsals but that her concerns were swept away during the last two preparation sessions for his anticipated “This Is It” comeback concerts in London. “I finally saw...

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