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Katherine Jackson Sues AEG Over Michael's Death

9/15/2010 8:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Katherine Jackson and Michael Jackson's children are suing AEG Live -- claiming the company breached its agreement to provide physical care for Michael Jackson -- and that AEG was negligent in their hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray as MJ's physician.

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In the suit, Katherine claims AEG's contract with Michael "created a legal duty for AEG to act reasonably toward the physical well-being of Michael Jackson."

In the document, Katherine also blames AEG for hiring Dr. Murray without  a proper background check -- claiming, "AEG did not provide a doctor who was truly looking out for Jackson's well-being and did not provide equipment."

The suit also alleges AEG caused emotional distress to Michael's son Prince because he witnessed Michael suffering and dying, and "he was put in a position as bystander to these tragic events."

Kenny Ortega, who produced the planned London concerts for Michael, is also named as a defendant.

The attorney who filed the suit, Brian J. Panish, released a statement saying, "The purpose of this lawsuit is to prove to the world the truth about what happened to Michael Jackson, once and for all."

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136.

Raw Shoshanna    

Michael was a drug addicted paedophile. He would have gotten the drugs he wanted either way. Joe & Katherine are both s*** living off their son. They need to stop demonizing AEG, Dr. Murray, Sony, the executors of Michael's estate, and EVERYone else that stands in their way of Micheal's kids money. Hopefully there'll be some left when the kids are adults.

1501 days ago
137.

bigbigfanmj    

The lawsuit is to PUNISH AEG.

They cannot put them in jail so they're suing.

Should AEG if they really did oversell the shows against MJ's agreed upon performances get away unscathed?

No. I think AEG is the main culprit. My opinion.

1501 days ago
138.

bigbigfanmj    

Michael was a drug addicted paedophile. He would have gotten the drugs he wanted either way. Joe & Katherine are both s*** living off their son. They need to stop demonizing AEG, Dr. Murray, Sony, the executors of Michael's estate, and EVERYone else that stands in their way of Micheal's kids money. Hopefully there'll be some left when the kids are adults.

Pedophile? I haven't heard any compaints since he died.

Have you?

"Real victims" make sure you remember. Everyone seems happy to let Michael die the Greatest entertainer of All Time.

Why is that? Victims....LOL LOL LOL

1501 days ago
139.

bigbigfanmj    

Something tells me that once the facts start to come out many people will feel very different about the MJ was a drug addict theory.

I got a sinking feeling he will get more sympathy.

Why do I feel like God has his hand on all of this.

It is the FINAL washing away of the lies told against MJ.

Hey even the "victims" have stayed silent and allowed him to become a music martyr.

Why is that?????

I really would like to know why they would allow this.

1501 days ago
141.

MK    

I've been waiting for AEG to have a suit against them - they have LIABLE written all over them - and then they have the cheek to try and cash in on the whole thing with This is It. They only showed the footage that made THEM look good, and Michael look fine so they would have their 'evidence' against a wrongful death suit - well it HASN"T WORKED, AEG!!!

For the truth about Tom Sneddon, Sony / AEG at last see the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20yWL1idP58

1501 days ago
142.

tgrfan42069    

michale killed himself with his addiction..funny who is gonna sue his family for not stepping in to try and get him to get help..on another not big suprise the jacksons sueing someone.

1501 days ago
144.

FLO    

Michael's death was by his own design and was a finacial windfall to the Jackson family.
THEIR GREED NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE.

1501 days ago
145.

hung and dashing    

Yeah. But the Jackson's might be playing a bit of Russian Roulette since Michael was never declared incompetent.

He was no one's "ward". I don't believe he even ever turned over his power of health to anyone (unless it was to a lawyer?).

He was SUPPOSEDLY a man in control of his own mental faculties. (I mean, it wasn't a Susan Boyle concert being planned, you know).

Now, perhaps Michael should not have been in such a position as to make his own choices or decisions. But apparently, he was.

So didn't AEG and SONY very likely present MICHAEL with a list (however short) of prospective "doctors" willing to "work with him" and "willing to bend the rules per Michael's own request" (perhaps)? And it would be a short list of such HIGH PAY "vanity doctors" made available to Michael. He did, after all, have a notorious reputation (if not lengthy and mysterious medical track record) before all of this really spun out of control.

Look at the number of attorneys who refuse to represent many, many high profile people with known pre-existing "conditions" and reputations. Same would hold true, I would think, regarding doctors of any ethical and professional repute.

So it was a BAD MATCH - bad doctor with bad patient in a bad scene. Isn't that a RISK the Jacksons take in suing? That if these decisions were all Michael's (in the end), how can AEG and Sony be held responsible really? After all, they weren't in the picture in order to get Michael into rehab or into a cancer center or into a psych ward or into an ICU for heart problems or to a cabin in an undisclosed location so he could have a retreat as to renew his spirit. And any GOOD doctor would have probably required any of those things be implemented PRIOR to taking Michael on as a patient.

They were a corporate entity there to get a product ready (or healthy enough) as to fulfill "sales".

At ANY TIME Michael could have ripped tubes out and INSISTED on going to UCLA for REAL help. Isn't that what we expect a Lindsay Lohan to have done? Isn't this why Britney Spears' dad had to have her declared incompetent? So that he COULD make these decisions for an otherwise grown adult.

I guess this should teach people not to leave the welfare of loved ones in the hands of corporations and others with any monetary interest in that loved one.

1501 days ago
146.

mspaap    

THANK YOU KATHERINE!
I BELIEVE MICHAEL LOVED YOU AS MUCH AS HE LOVED HIS CHILDREN AND NOT EVEN DEATH CAN CHANGE THIS FACT.

I BELIEVE THAT MICHAEL IS PROUD OF YOU AND LIKE MY OWN SON, HE WILL LOVE YOU THROUGH ETERNITY.

I DO NOT MAKE MY NEXT STATEMENT TO DISAVOW OTHERS RIGHTS AND BELIEFS, BUT I TRULY BELIEVE MICHAEL IS IN HEAVEN AND AWAY FROM THE BLOOD THIRSTY MONEY HUNGRY PEOPLE.

I ALSO BELIEVE HE LOVES AND RESPECTS THE WAY YOU ARE RAISING HIS CHILDREN.

1501 days ago
147.

MK    

@trgfan

MJ was enabled by corporate greed ie AEG / SONY:

Michael Jackson defies gravity - your argument is VOID.

1501 days ago
149.

L Mercer    

Seriously I have read some of the heartless comments and I could really be upset but then I realize that if 1. you don't know anything about Michael Jackson, and 2. you don't have a heart, then this is all I need to say...I am sorry for you heartless sad people who no nothing, and say things out of ignorance.

1501 days ago
150.

kim    

Go get them Katherine. I kinda thought this was coming since when Joe filed that other lawsuit and Murray said he requested all of that equipment. Maybe it will open more doors to get to the bottom of mj's death. I still feel their is alot of upopened doors with this one. And someone earlier said, i think it was danger baby, that maybe Prince wanted this too. He is old enough to understand so he might have wanted it. Just a sad story altogether. it is now almost 15 months since he is gone and still so many unanswered questions.


rip mj

1501 days ago
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