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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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406.

AuntieG    

Before I write anything PLEASE watch this video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUoA4k9XTnE&feature=related

1435 days ago
407.

sofi    

Danger,one more thing please.Did Michael take prescription drugs for his vitiligo and lupus?

1435 days ago
408.

MJfan4life    

to bring back recent posts. If you hate MJ so much, and you feel that doctors should be held accountable for ALL drug ADDICTS then why wasnt a doctor held accountable for you you idiot

1435 days ago
409.

sofi    

Thank you Danger,where will be tomorrow,on this thread?

1435 days ago
410.

sofi    

Danger i want to be on :

Katherine:MJ feared people wanted him dead.

1435 days ago
411.

Valerie    

I do not feel that it is right for Katherine Jackson to sue AEG. Mrs. Jackson should be satisfied with the money that she is receiving from the Estate. I think that Joe Jackson is putting her up to suing AEG. Simply because he and the other family members are in need of money and his requests for an allowance from the Estate have been denied. Katherine knows that the children's money from the Estate cannot be used to support the other Jackson Family members (father, brothers, sisters, neices, nephews and daughter in laws). It appears that AEG was trying to give Michael a chance to have a comback with the London concerts. The number of concerts scheduled may have been too extreme. But it has been reported that Michael wanted to top Prince's number of concerts performed the prior year. Considering the fact that Michael Jackson was 50 years old and not in the best shape, the concert schedule should have been kept to a minimum of 10 or so. This would not have been so overwhelming and stressful for him. It was also reported that Michael had a physical exam in April 2010 which deemed him fit to perform. However, I do not believe that AEG was aware of the nightly use of sedatives given to him by Dr. Murray until it was too late. Also, it has been reported that Michael Jackson inisisted that AEG hire Dr. Murray whom he had a personal relationship with. Michael's sole motive for hiring Dr. Murray may have been only to prescribed the sedatives. Dr. Murray came in to picture around May of 2010 and has reportedly not been paid for his services yet by AEG or Michael Jackson for that matter. I cried so badly during the viewing of "This is It" simply because Michael Jackson looked horrible. He was extremely thin and it was hard to believe that he looked this way. Especially when he used to be very handsome during the first 20 years of his career. His voice was very good but his physical appearance was hideous in the movie. Therefore, the blame for Michael Jackson's death does lie soley with Dr. Murray and Michael Jackson (who consented to have himself sedated nightly). Michael's purpose for doing the London concerts was to obtain money to pay for his enormous debt. However, the 70 million dollars proposed for the concerts would not have made a dent his this size debt. Being in debt is very stressful. Around May 2010, it was also reported that MJ was being hit with a large multimillion lawsuit by his Thriller video co-star. This could have been the straw that broke the camel's back. He probably felt that his money woes were just never going to end. My initial theory regarding his death was that of an assisted suicide situation. This is because Michael was was in such bad shape financially and physically. He may have realized that he could not keep his end of the concert deal (to perform 50 shows). In order to avoid another lawsuit, he probably figured that dying would be the easy way out. His mind was distorted and his back was against the wall in life. It is too bad that he could not seek the real help that he needed through drug rehab, etc. He probably did not to face anymore negative publicity should it have been reported that he was in the hospital getting rehabilitation services. His public image had been so marred and distored at this time. After death, he has now been glorified. This is because everyone feels either sorrow or guilt. His death was a deep tragedy indeed. Where was his family at during his darkest hour? They were all probably afraid to confront him for the simple reason that they all (except Janet) have depended on him financially for the past 40 years or so. Now they have to continued to exploit him in death. It is a shame.

1435 days ago
412.

acena    

Lots of experts on MJ here seem to think his long term drug abuse is excusable but a Dr.or AEG is the criminal.MJ did it to himself.He did this to his children.He was bankrupt and a drug addict.He was a selfish,whiny,immature idiot.His rememberance deserves credit for record sales,a few good pop songs and vids.
No money is owed to any Jackson family members.They leached enough out of him during his life and trying to milk money through the children is disgusting.One look at MJ told everyone how weird he was,1 interview was all we needed to see how disturbed he was.Don't make him something he wasn't.

1435 days ago
413.

MiMi    


@acena

Yup, lots of MJ experts on here and YOU are definitely not one of them.


LoL LoL LoL

1435 days ago
414.

CloBird    

Sofi--Michael did take prescription creams to treat the vitiligo.These are very strong bleaching creams that are used on the most visible parts of the body.I believe that Michael treated his hands,face,chest and back,then arms with the cream.He let the vitiligo progress on its own on his legs.
For lupus,corticosteroids are prescribed for cases that need it.Michael's lupus was supposed to have been skin-based,then pretty much controlled.Lupus is a photosensitive disease,meaning Michael had to guard against getting too much sun.He wore sunblock and shielded himself with an umbrella and other sun-shields,like a brimmed hat.

1435 days ago
415.

r.schildt    

AEG presents themselves as pseudoimbecils.For sure they were aware of Michaels medical history,rightly indicated pain medication spilling over to dependency during extreme stress.
So they push up the stress level,sneaking up the shows to 50 and talking about a worldwide tour for about a year.(see contract of jan. 2009 as reported by Rowe) The contract should have provided for an appropriate and comprehensive medical approach.And if need be including rehab, could have been done at his home.Very unlikely this would have had much negative effect.
Instead they go for the kill with a hitman doc deep in debt and who NEVER was boardcertified in cardiology.Calculating this the best way of getting money from Michael,whom thome-thome considered an institution rather than a human beeing.Worth more dead than alive.-Then no painkiller drugs at autopsy,no security tapes and the last I read the autopsy photos are missing.
KJ just go for it and good luck.It is for justice rather than money,but can you sue for justice?

1435 days ago
416.

mysteria333    

I WANT MICHAEL TO RETURN,, I WANT THE MASSIVE GREED THAT RULES THUS WORLD TO STOP,, I WANT PEOPLE TO CARE ABOUT HUMANITY ,, NOT JUST THIER FAMILY AND FRIENDS ,, I WANT THE ELDERLY TO BE PROTECTED AND RESPECTED AS THEY WERE ONCE UPON A TIME. I WANT OUR CHILDREN TO BE CHERISHED,, PROTECTED AND EDUCATED, I WANT THE TV ,, TABLOIDS AND NEWS MEDIA, TO STOP LYING AND DECIEVING AND DESTROYING LIVES JUST FOR PROFIT AND RATINGS.. I WANT TO STOP THE SLAUGHTER OF ANIMALS FOR FURS ETC ,,I WANT BUSINESSES TO STOP POLUTING THE AIR WE BREATHE..........SO I SIMPLY PRAY.

1434 days ago
417.

Cherwood    

........A Bigger Boat - 3.1.............
-#458: Inspiredone, Thank GOD for a voice of REASON. Why are people SO scared of opening up this case? Katherine is doing the right thing because win or lose, we will at least know whether these other VULTURES were culpable in his death or not.
Contrary to popular opinion, I'm not HAPPY that we have all of these "INSIDERS WITH MOTIVE", it saddens me to think that Michael was so surrounded by SHARKS during his latter years......
BTW: I did NOT know the Hospital had been taped off, maybe it was done to keep people at bay--then again, WHO KNOWS?? It's CRAZY!!
As for Holmsby Mansion, the LAPD CLAIMED that it didn't get closed off as a crime scene because they originally thought it was merely an OD. And I believed them because Murray had led everyone in circles by failing to tell the EMT'S and ER doctors what he had given Michael. HOWEVER, the LAPD thought it was enough of a crime to IMPOUND MURRAY'S (Sister's) CAR....why did they do THAT?
See what I mean? WAY too many inconsistencies for this to be just about an "idiot doctor who got greedy and made a mistake." Even my 11 year old NIECE smells a RAT!!!
-#471: Aw what's wong, danger? Can't find anybody but newcomer-clobird and your other nic Sofi to agree with you? Too bad. You're not going to convince people that he was an addict, because you don't know that. Being such an advocate for the FACTS, you've missed your own point!
And I'm not surprised in the least that you used the likes of "DEEP-HACK CHOKE-RA" to support your theories......it's the same thing the likes of Tellit and OW, would use--LOL X 50!!
Didn't I see them both applauding you, recently? Birds of a Feather.......
For the record:
Joe and Janet had little to NO contact with Michael in his later years PER THEIR OWN INTERVIEWS which you can find very easily on line. In fact, the last time Janet dealt with Michael besides the parent's Reunion, was at the 2005 Trial according to her, so her stories were based on the 90's. And Joe also when asked, admitted to Rowe that he hadn't seen Michael for years until they all got together to confront AEG....
And what about AEG? There's NO PROOF that the Intervention was about DRUGS! Travis Payne said early on that Michael didn't always WANT to practice--probably because he knew how intense he got onstage. Remember, he hadn't done this in awhile so he probably wasn't looking forward to the hard work it entailed. AEG wanted to treat him like some new Johnny come lately/Justin Bieber-esque artist, when he was MICHAEL--THe KING of POP, and he knew what to do and when to do it. In the Entertainment world, it's a standard to rehearse the background cast and crew for so many weeks and THEN bring in the Principals, but according to the dancers and TINI fans, AEG were trying to RUN Michael and force him to do things they way they wanted them done, which didn't fly. Even some of the dancers were angry, much less Michael....
Thing is, I think Michael did try to go their way at first, but then he got stronger and remembered who he was...THAT'S when the trouble began.........
Bottom line, who labeled that meeting an "Intervention"? Because that, in itself is very telling......
-#481: Hey MiMi! There you go again with that quick wit!!
-#483: Hey r.schildt! Haven't seen you in a bit--welcome back!!
-Cher
No Peace till Justice!
MICHAEL--IL.O.V.E.U4EVER and MISS-U-SO-MUCH!!!

1434 days ago
418.

sofi    

CloBird,thank you for the information,i am sorry,i couldn't respond to your post earlier,about the time you posted due to the time difference because i live in Europe.

1434 days ago
419.

sofi    

As always Cherwood the knowall!!!!!!!

1434 days ago
420.

bebefj123    

NO INNOCENT BYSTANDERS:

Murray had his own practice and went with MJ on his own free will. Murray's greed motivated him to continue to cater to a drug addicts demands. MJ did not force him, this man left his practice to join MJ for the money. MJ was doing what drugs addicts do, swindling people to get what they want. Raping a drunk woman or drugging a woman to rape her is wrong and the same in this case. Its as if AEG and Murray was raping MJ everyday. MJ did not fully understand the ramifications, he risked his life daily but hired a cardiologist for a reason. He did not want to die and felt his life was indanger but risked his life daily but being put under anesthesia, do you understand the irrationalization of a drug addicts thought process. AEG and Murray didnt have drugs clouding their judgement but money was their drug. Murray and AEG did not have a drug problem and knew better. If MJ was so desparate for money, then AEG could have said MJ we have to postpone the concerts and you will go into a tmt facility for 3 to 6 mos, no staging an intervention, you will go today and if not it will also be reported to child welfare, MJ would have had no choice. To blame MJ, you have to blame the others also for their part. None drug addicts should not get away with supplying drugs no more than a pimp or street dealer.

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