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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.

 

  • 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...

  • 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,...

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