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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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361.

Dez    

OMG. Really time to stop blaming everyone else and accept the fact the MJ was sick with drug addiction. I'm sure in CA it wouldn't have been hard to find what he wanted somewhere and you can track down every dealer in the area and sue them. Move on and spend time wiht his kids and the legacy he left you. TMZ, STOP REPORTING ON THIS FAMILY'S LUNACY.

1465 days ago
362.

CloBird    

I just finished doing some research;Katherine's lawyers have failed again.I knew that Michael had known Murray before 2009,that AEG had nothing to do with Murray.In court papers filed by Joe Jackson the year of meeting is 2006:
http://tmz.vo.llnwd.net/o28/newsdesk/tmz_do***ents/0625_mjsuit.pdf
"In 2006,in Las Vegas,Nevada,Michael Jackson consulted with defendant Murray..." page 3.
I think Katherine has a better chance at showing that AEG was negligent in the hiring of Murray.I don't think AEG checked his medical training,history of practice,history of complaints,criminal background.
Katherine is a grieving mother who doesn't know what to do.She wants someone to pay for Michael's death.What she really needs is answers.As I re-read the lawsuit,I felt very sad for this family.They are not knowledgeable about the law or about the particularly complicated contracts Michael was used to dealing with.I think that this family is being used by lawyers who are eager to take on the work,but are not being honest with their clients about what they really should be concentrating on in any lawsuit.
These poorly-thought out and drawn suits are making the Jackson family look bad.The whole family is grieving;they are angry and they want someone to pay,but this lashing out by lawsuit after lawsuit is not the way to deal with this tragedy.

1465 days ago
363.

Carvey    

More Jackson greed at work.

1465 days ago
364.

privacymjj    


Go Katherine!!!!! you have got my support!!!
JUSTICE 4 MICHAEL!!!!
I LOVE YOU MICHAEL ,I LOVE YOU BABY!!!and I MISS YOU SO MUCH...
L.O.V.E.L.O.V.E.L.O.V.E.
MICHAEL JACKSON FOREVER AND EVER!!!!!!

1465 days ago
365.

mysteria333    

KATHERINE....I KNOW YOU WILL FORGIVE THOSE WHO FEEL THEY HAVE TO JUDGE YOU ABOUT YOUR OWN SON WHOM YOU GAVE BIRTH TO. EITHER THEY DONT HAVE CHILDREN OF THIER OWN ,, OR THEY CAME FROM A TROUBLED BACK GROUND.. AS YOU WELL KNOW BETTER THAN ANYONE MICHAEL WAS JUDGED AS WELL AFTER GREEDY EXTORTIONIST DECIDED THEY HAD THOUGHT OF A GOOD WAY TO RELEAVE MICHAEL OF HIS HARD EARNED MILLIONS..EVEN AFTER THE WORLD HEARD THE PHONE CALL OF THIS MAN TALKING ABOUT HOW HE'D GET MICHAELS MILLIONS AND RUIN HIS LIFE ,,STILL PEOPLE CHOOSE TO BELIEVE LIES... FOR PEOPLE LIKE THAT THIER IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ,,BUT PRAY FOR THEM..EVEN AFTER THE SON ADMITTED THAT HIS DAD MADE HIM LIE ,,BECAUSE THE LIE WAS OUT THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE THEY ARE STILL CRUEL TO MICHAEL... I FEEL SO TRULY SORRY FOR ALL THE CORRUPT AND CRUEL PEOPLE OF THE WORLD... THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHATS AHEAD FOR THEM..BEFORE LONG THEY WILL BE CALLING ON GOD FOR HELP..KATHERINE JUST STAY STRONG ,, I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.. AS YOU WELL KNOW GOD IS MORE POWERFUL THAN ANY OTHER ENTITY IN THE UNIVERSE.. I SUPPORT YOU WITH ALL MY HEART.. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALWAYS..

1465 days ago
366.

Obnoxious    

Still waiting for Arvizo and Jordan to come forward...how long will it take?? Unless...he really did molest them.

1465 days ago
367.

shamon    

Hopefully Katherine Jackson is not receiving legal counsel from greedy lawyers who persude her to file expensive lawsuits that ultimately benefit only the lawyers.

I hope she does find out what happened to her son.

Rest in peace MJ
Gone too soon
XO

1465 days ago
368.

smitty    

Greedy money hungry family. Michael Jackson brought on his own death and would have died of drugs no matter what anybody did. Why can't these people just let it go and accept that Michael was a DRUG ADDICT. Nobody could stop him because he had the power and the money to do whatever he wanted to do.

1465 days ago
369.

LunaticFringe    

kathy 40 (#412),
Everything you said was the truth.
But you are banging your head against a wall trying to get through to these haters.
Don't you get it? They are not interested in the truth. They know the facts as well as you.
Their purpose is to insult Michael and the other Jacksons so much, the fans will be turn on him
and prevent him from becoming larger than he was in life.
These are probably some of the same people who worship dead celebrities like Elvis, or Lennon, or Morrison, or Hendrix, or Joplin. They eat up everything Beetle, yet they have an issue with Michael's fans and family mourning and or celebrating him.
Screw them!
They can't stand it that Michael Jackson was larger than all of their so called heros.
Why else would someone come to a thread and leave numerous comments about someone they claim to despise, unless there was an ulterior motive.
They know he didn't molest anyone. And he was a drug abuser, not an addict. MJ was clean of all of the other drugs the media has tried to associate with him-- so clean-- his organs were in great condition for a 50 year old man. A long term drug addict couldn't past that test in a million years.
But these haters know that. They keep that constant drumbeat going, along with the ridiculous pedophilia claims, all to hurt Michael's legacy.
I'm sure not all of the haters are that way.
I honestly believe a lot of them are just genuinely STUPID!

These paranoid a-holes see the devil in everything. They believe whatever the media tells them.
I remember reading in class about Orson Wells and the prank radio broadcast he pulled announcing that Martians had landed on Earth and invaded New Jersey. I hear people committed suicide and some locked themselves away in fallout shelters. Others became vigilante mobs and proceeded to deal with the rumored Martians on their own. All because people didn't sit back and use commonsense. They let their emotions get the better of their judgment.
I think that was in the late 30's or something.
It's sad to see that even with all of this technology of today, people still haven't gotten any smarter.

1465 days ago
370.

mysteria333    

MICHAEL....SEE YOU SOON MY FRIEND ,,JUST SAID A PRAYER FOR YOU.. YOU NOW HAVE THE BEST SECURITY ANY ONE COULD HAVE...I ALSO PRAYED FOR THE POOR PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE TABLOID LIES AND THEREFORE HURT YOU WITH CRUEL COMMENTS..I LOVE YOU MY FRIEND..YOU WILL REMAIN IN MY HEART FOREVER..MAY GOD BLESS YOU YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY...

1465 days ago
371.

CloBird    

danger baby,re:
CloBird: We're on the same page. The lawsuit is poorly stitched together, and even missing a few threads. It makes the family look ill informed. If KJ was persuaded via misinformation to file this, I just hope another commenter is right, that the suit is a contingency fee arrangement, e.g., the lawyers won't get paid unless the plaintiffs win.

There's lots more to MJ and Murray's history. Read here about the dispute between Murray and a Las Vegas anesthesiologist

I think lawyers are using the Jacksons and not helping them.I hope it is true,that the lawyers don't get paid if they lose,too.

Are we the only ones who know about Michael's knowing Murray for a few years?I heard some talking heads theorize that Michael flattered Murray,made Murray feel like a friend,in order to have another doctor willing to give him whatever he wanted.This sounds like a plausible theory.Michael's family had been worried about him while he was in Las Vegas,enough to make him wean himself off of some medications for a little while;but as soon as stress hit him and he couldn't sleep,he went back to the quick fix of prescriptions.This is sort of typical behavior for many people--we think we can go to the doctor's,get a pill,and we'll be cured.But for Michael,this behavior was just too risky.
Michael had past experience with propofol.No one could make him understand that what he was doing was dangerous--even nurse -practitioner Cherilyn Lee who tried to make him understand that he was damaging his central nervous system.He had made a call complaining that one side of his body felt hot,while the other side felt cold.Lee put two and two together,knew that something hit his central nervous system and told him to go to the hospital which he didn't do--and he wasn't worried enough to stop the propofol.Michael supposedly appeared at rehearsals shivering and disoriented.If this is true,it's the propofol affecting the central nervous system.

1465 days ago
372.

CloBird    

danger baby--I also agree with you about the anorexia.Michael,as he matured,wanted control.He was forced to do many things that he didn't want to do.He really didn't want to do the last two tours he did with his brothers.He couldn't do a tour for Off the Wall and Thriller because he was pressured into family tours.He ended up enjoying the time spent with his brothers but he was eager to go off on his own and be independent.
There was hidden anger inside of Michael.He tried to be pleasant,friendly,calm,but inside he was angry.Sometimes anger is manifested against the self.

1465 days ago
373.

Me    

Will the Jackson family ever hold MICHAEL responsible for anything that happened in his life?

Probably not.

1465 days ago
374.

CloBird    

Sometimes anger manifests itself in the guise of practical jokes;I've heard that Michael liked jokes.I read somewhere that he once pointed a laser light into the ****pit of a plane flying overhead.That is so dangerous.Michael also reportedly loved water balloons and super soaker water guns.
And,it might be interesting to know that the fascination with Peter Pan has a link to anger and passive-aggressive behavior.Many people hear "Peter Pan" and just think of a character that doesn't want to grow up.Peter Pan wasn't such a carefree persona;he could be nasty and selfish and boastful.He could do dangerous things.When Peter Pan was in terrible danger of dying he said,"To die will be an awfully big adventure."This line gives me pause because some people describe propofol as being on the edge of death and coming back.One thing that can definitely be said about Michael Jackson is that he was a very complex man.

1465 days ago
375.

CloBird    

Some of the Jacksons do understand Michael's part in his early death, Me.
It's just too painful and too hard for many in the family to accept.There are feelings of anger and feelings of guilt involved.

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