Michael Jackson's mother and three children have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter Anschutz Entertainment Group, accusing them of threatening to end Jackson's career if he failed to deliver on a series of comeback concerts in London and hiring the doctor who was later convicted of giving the singer a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol.
Join us at 9 a.m. Tuesday when we discuss the AEG-Michael Jackson trial with Times reporter Jeff Gottlieb.
The wrongful-death suit against AEG was filed by the singer’s mother, Katherine -- who was in the courtroom during opening statements Monday along with Michael Jackson’s siblings Rebbie and Randy -- and his three children.
Jackson died on the eve of what was to be a comeback series of concerts in 2009. The suit accuses AEG of pushing Jackson beyond his limits and being responsible for hiring and controlling Murray.
“There were no rules” when it came to furthering AEG’s success, Jackson family attorney Brian Panish told the jury. “It didn’t matter what it took.... AEG had a problem and they wanted to fix it and they didn’t care who got lost in the wash.”
The trial began after three weeks of jury selection in which potential jurors were vetted to determine whether they were even able to sit on a case that could last up to four months. Six men and six women were impaneled; six alternates were named.
It is expected to include a star-studded witness list, including Prince, Diana Ross and Spike Lee.