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AEG -- Don't Blame Us for Dr. Murray!

9/16/2010 6:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

AEG is finally lashing back at Katherine Jackson's lawsuit over the death of her son Michael Jackson -- claiming it had nothing to do with the hiring or supervision of Dr. Conrad Murray.

AEG Lawsuit

In a statement released through AEG's lawyers -- the company calls Katherine's lawsuit "inaccurate, unsubstantiated and meritless" and then goes on to explain its relationship with Dr. Murray.

The statement continues ... "Dr. Murray was Mr. Jackson's longtime personal physician.  AEG did not choose him, hire him or supervise him.  That said, and in honor of our professional relationship with Mr. Jackson and his Estate, we will have no further public statements."

It is true that Michael handpicked Dr. Murray -- but Katherine claims that AEG was negligent because they didn't check Murray's credentials. Katherine also claims AEG pushed Michael way too hard during rehearsals.

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106.

Gsharon 710    

@37 Natasha...Bravo!!! You rocked that statement.

1462 days ago
108.

MJ    

All you haters, acting like you are so perfect, the only reason you all get away with your skeletons in the closet is because it you think no one is watching but God is watching and he is the judge of all judges Well if someone were to post your life story and all sick, disturbing, bad things you are doing and did, you would be surprise of all the weirdo's, sick, mental people out there. Don't judge lest he be judge, cast the first stone, lest he who is amongst is without sin. All you haters, will be judge. If it were you child would hate or appreciate?

1462 days ago
109.

Heidi    

Seriously...... Enough already!!!!! The Mother has enough money to live on & live well ...... The Father & Brothers need to get 'real' jobs & earn their own keep & provide for their own families........ Greedy, greedy people.......

1462 days ago
110.

HumanNature    

Michael Joseph Jackson said

'I'm afraid of my life. I'm afraid they're going to assassinate me. I'm afraid they're going to kill me.'"

Famed activist **** Gregory revealed that Michael Jackson told him that "they (presumably Michael's business associates) are trying to kill me."

http://www.michaeljackson.com/za/node/371455

Michael Jackson was none too pleased with Dr. Tohme Tohme, who is the former brother-in-law of Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG, the company that was sponsoring Michael's tours. In a telephone conversation with and recorded by confidante June Gatlin in September 2008 (apparently Michael wasn't aware he was being recorded), the King of Pop complained about tactics used by Tohme. Several times after having me on his show to talk about Michael's death Geraldo Rivera actually aired the conversation between Michael and Gatlin on August 31, 2009.

Michael: Last time we spoke, you told me to check on Dr. Tohme and I did a complete checking. This guy, he just...he just has ways about him that looks like he's...see what he's done? He's built this divide between me and my representatives and I don't talk to my lawyer, my accountant. I talk to him and he talks to them.

Gatlin: That's not good.

Michael: I know it's not good. I don't like it. I wanna get somebody in there with him that I know and trust. I don't' know what's in my accounts. I don't' know.

Gatlin: Oh! That's not good Michael!

Michael: I know it's not good.

Gatlin: You can't allow somebody to just be in total control of your life.

Michael: I totally agree with that. That's why I'm calling you.

Many of Michael's fans are wondering why the other networks aren't highlighting the fact that Michael was not content-to understate it-with AEG representative Dr. Tohme Tohme. They're wondering why AEG didn't come out criticizing Dr. Conrad Murray, and why AEG allegedly took out drug overdose insurance on Michael.

http://www.lasentinel.net/Michael-s-Murky-Murder-Mystery.html

1462 days ago
111.

HumanNature    

Suspicious Sony & AEG Guilty?: The following are direct communications from well informed, well placed Michael Jackson fans: "I wanted to share with you some of the information about AEG that I have uncovered. According to their website, AEG Teleworks (an affiliate of AEG) handles production, post-production, off-site production, and telecast services for ABC, CBS, and NBC. This is probably the reason why when anyone states that they believe Michael was murdered or that AEG was conducting shady business, their assertions seem to fall on deaf ears. I have not seen any of the mainstream media outlets besides ABC promoting Barbara Walters' interview with LaToya that is scheduled to air tonight (although it has been known for weeks now that the interview was scheduled to air on September 11th). That's mighty strange considering that anyone who claims Michael was an addict or a 'tortured soul' or 'begged' for drugs gets unlimited airtime. I just wanted to share this information with you. If you are interested in any of the other information that I have uncovered, I would be happy to share that with you as well. Thank you so much for speaking up on Michael's behalf....Please let Michael's family know that they are not fighting this battle by themselves, and that the Body of Christ is covering them in prayer. God bless you!!"

Another informative fan wrote: "If you click on the link that I have posted at the bottom of this message, it will take you to the webpage for Bounce Event Marketing (another affiliate of AEG). One of their specialties is 'high-end music industry events,' and SONY is one of their many clients. So, even though Sony paid millions of dollars for Michael's rehearsal footage for the purposes of turning it into a movie, AEG will still be getting paid indirectly through Bounce Event Marketing. They have their hands in just about everything, don't they?"

Yet another fan reveals that Dr. Tohme is a close personal fried of Tom Barack, chairman of Colony Capital, the company that now owns Neverland; and that Frank Dileo, Michael's former manager, was on the board of Sony Records.

http://www.lasentinel.net/Michael-s-Murky-Murder-Mystery.html

1462 days ago
112.

Becca    

This is *yawn* getting to be predictable.
The one shining light of this family has been
snuffed out and these others are going to fight
until every penny is in their pockets...this will
go on for years and I for one am tired of seeing
their faces, especially that Joe and Jermaine!

1462 days ago
113.

Daphne     

They're wondering why AEG didn't come out criticizing Dr. Conrad Murray, and why AEG allegedly took out drug overdose insurance on Michael.

http://www.lasentinel.net/Michael-s-Murky-Murder-Mystery.html

Posted at 8:18 PM on Sep 16, 2010 by HumanNature

In addition to the above, an article I read in Calgary indicated that the contract was securitized on Jackson's end by assets that included his interest in publisher Sony/ATV, which controls the Beatles songs, among others.

This is disturbing.

Read more: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118024254.html?categoryid=16&cs=1#ixzz0zkoyXiI6
Visit Variety.com to become a Variety subscriber.

1462 days ago
114.

Tellit    

I hope AEG finds grounds for a countersuit.
F the Jacksons.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8w0dIKFD2g

1462 days ago
115.

Tellit    

The Jacksons are such losers.
I hope AEG finds grounds to countersue and cleans the Jackson household.
Michael Jackson did handpick Conrad Murray as his personal physician and whined trying to coerce AEG into putting him on the payroll.
Evidently AEG did not hire Conrad Murray....hence the reason Conrad Murray was never paid....the paycheck was evidently Michael Jacksons responsibility...and we all know he didn't pay his debts.....while "alive".
jmo....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8w0dIKFD2g

1462 days ago
116.

Tellit    

4.
money will win in the end !

Posted at 2:34 PM on Sep 16, 2010 by wook
__________

Right!
And Anschutz has more than Katherine Jackson/&,or MJFT.
AND more integrity.

1462 days ago
117.

Tellit    

18.
if all the people who take medicine are addicted and should die!, the United States should no longer exist because it is the country with the largest numbers of addicts in medicine mundo.segundo the un!

Posted at 2:57 PM on Sep 16, 2010 by denise
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Yeah....and most all those drugs come here, to us, out of Columbia, Nicaragua and Mexico.
Our dear "friends" south of our borders.
:)

1462 days ago
118.

HumanNature    

hey're wondering why AEG didn't come out criticizing Dr. Conrad Murray, and why AEG allegedly took out drug overdose insurance on Michael.

http://www.lasentinel.net/Michael-s-Murky-Murder-Mystery.html

Posted at 8:18 PM on Sep 16, 2010 by HumanNature

In addition to the above, an article I read in Calgary indicated that the contract was securitized on Jackson's end by assets that included his interest in publisher Sony/ATV, which controls the Beatles songs, among others.

This is disturbing.

Read more: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118024254.html?categoryid=16&cs=1#ixzz0zkoyXiI6
Visit Variety.com to become a Variety subscriber.

Posted at 8:35 PM on Sep 16, 2010 by Daphne

OMG!!!!

This is TRULY DISTURBING!!!!

If that is true, they set MJ up and KILLED HIM!!!!

It's all about the Catalog/MONEY/GREED!!!!!

I hope that the WHOLE TRUTH COMES OUT!!!!

That's why I keep asking who is PAYING FOR DR DEATH LEGAL FEES, SECURITY, PR, MORTGAGE, VACATION, MEDICAL LICENSE RENEWAL, CHILD SUPPORT (PAST AND PRESENT) AND ETC.

THERE IS A MAJOR COVER UP GOING ON AND IT CENTERS AROUND THESE PEOPLE:

TOM BARRACK - NEVERLAND

AEG OWNER Anschutz/RANDY PHILLIPS/Tim Leiweke - MUSIC CATALOG

SONY/TOMMY MOTTALA - MUSIC CATALOG

JOHN BRANCA (QUESTIONABLE)

FRANK DILEO - SITTING ON SONY'S BOARD

TOHME TOHME (I TRULY BELIEVE THAT HE IS THE ONE THAT GAVE MJ THE FINAL DOSE OF PROPOFOL AND NOBODY SEEMS TO KNOW WHERE HE IS)

DR DEATH - PART OF THE MURDER PLOT/SCAPEGOAT (SMOKE SCREEN)


MJ WAS DEFINITELY KILLED

1462 days ago
119.

HumanNature    

ony & AEG Enron of the music industry

The Enron of the Music Industry?
Delving into the bowels of Sony.

The battle between Michael Jackson and Sony Music seems only common knowledge among Michael’s fans and industry insiders.

When I first started studying this and the prominent players in it, It was the generally accepted culprits that I researched: Tommy Mattola, John Branca, and Frank DiLeo. We wanted to find out just what the connection was with AEG and the characters now under the umbrella of “producer” of “This is It”.

Reviewing, we find Dr. Murray the last one to see Michael alive. According to detectives Murray was one of FIVE doctors interviewed by Michael, however, because of medical ethics, Dr. Murray was the only one who would take the job of the five that were interviewed because of the medications Michael supposedly wanted administered outside a hospital setting for his insomnia.

Dr. Murray, in debt because of numerous paternity suits and suits filed against him for fraud, took the job. AEG is the one who was paying Dr. Murray according to detectives. AEG hired the doctor “…To help Michael sleep…” Reference

On August 7th, the coroner’s office declared officially that Michael died of propofol intoxication. After testing blood, urine, bile, stomach and liver tissue and vitriol humor (eyeball fluid), LETHAL levels of propofol was found in Michael’s system . . . L-E-T-H-A-L levels, in all tissue tested.

At Michael’s body size, a dosage of 125 mgs would be needed for him to fall asleep. The dosage Murray told detectives he gave him (25 mg) would not be enough to put a child to sleep. On August 18th, the findings went public. On August 24th, the coroner ruled Michael’s death a homicide. Michael finally had his funeral on September 3rd. You can view the timeline for Dr. Murray’s activities I published previously, here.

Murray is only charged with involuntary manslaughter after six month investigation. He isn’t arrested until February 8th, two months after he is charged, and then he is arraigned through voluntary surrender under a deal that he be able to walk in and out without handcuffs. No mention is made, world-wide of any possibility of a premeditated murder.

Members of the Jackson family, Randy, Jermaine, LaToya and Michael’s father Joe Jackson have been vocal about Dr. Murray being the fall guy and that someone bigger was behind his murder and that it was planned, but it has gotten very little media coverage. Brian Oxman, during a Ustream event, confirmed and agreed that something more sinister happened. Sony keeps coming up in conversation amongst fans on several blogging and facebook groups.

A search for Sony/ATV brought me to this link.

Very interesting history for the origination of the ATV catalog and how Michael Jackson acquired it. According to Wikipedia, Paul McCartney did have a chance to purchase the rights to his songs, but thought the bid price was too high. Yoko Ono was approached by McCartney to buy it, but she declined the $10 million tag and did not want the anticipated battles over sharing ownership with McCartney. When it came up for sale and Michael’s then attorney, JOHN BRANCA informed Michael, the arrangements to purchase the song catalog was made and in 1985, Michael was the proud owner of 250 Beatles songs and songs by Elvis, Buddy Holly and a couple other artists for $47.5 million.

Sony as a music publishing company did not even exist until 1995, after watching the success Michael had in selling his CBS record division. Sony up until then sold electronic hardware. When the saw the profit potential in music, movie and game rights, they approached Michael about purchasing half of the catalog Michael then owned for $90 million. Michael essentially made 100% profit on half his catalog. Sony has been conspiring ways to acquire the remaining 50% share ever since.

An interesting side note if anyone ever doubts the brilliance or poetic (humor) justice of Michael Jackson. Remember this video in which Eminem mocked Michael Jackson? Michael and Geraldo spoke of it here.

Michael very eloquently condemned attacking other artists by saying that great artists don’t “do that . . . they don’t have to”. Then quietly, in 2007, Michael decided that since Mr. Eminem used Michael’s likeness in his music video, he didn’t really need to burden himself with the rights to his songs and purchased Eminem’s music rights. The catalog also included the song “Just Lose it” in which Eminem mocks Michael. The catalog sold by Viacom included artists Shakira, Bjork and Akon for $370 million. I am so proud of him!

Back to Sony and AEG. The linking names to these companies are Frank DiLeo, John Branca and John McClain and Tommy Mattola is still in the picture. As what, I’m not sure, but he seems to still be speaking on behalf of Sony when he mentioned that Sony would now be the “gatekeepers” of Michael’s unreleased music.

It was speculated that Tommy was behind the 2003 child molestation allegations. Some good information here.

Before then, from as early back in 2002, Mattola was working to sabotage Michael’s “Invincible” Album. Five months after it’s release, Tommy/Sony stopped all promotion of the album. They fought with Michael over budgets for videos and artistic concept. Michael retaliated by refusing to appear in one of the videos, “Cry”. This has been done before to other artists, by other music publishing companies, but Michael Jackson was a whole other level of artist, and he was the most globally prominent artist. Michael finally went public with the battle. They had to be careful how they went about doing this.

The media was their unwitting accomplice. Michael was weird. Michael had problems. Michael was a drug addict. Michael was socially and emotionally arrested. None of the man’s genius was ever given press space or air time. With controversy upon controversy piling on Michael, he too was distracted. Plants within the media? An unconfirmed source for this rumor or that?

While Michael was in London, his then spiritual advisor, Uri Gellar insisted that Michael let a trusted friend, Martin Bashir, interview him. Hoping he said, to rehabilitate Michael’s career (which was just fine if Sony wasn’t trying to sabotage it). What has been unconfirmed is that Bashir’s brother, was the personal driver for Tommy Mattola. I do not know where this rumor came from, but I have only been able to find links to any reference of Bashir’s brother on discussion boards and I cannot even find a name in Bashir’s biographies on many sites.

2003 is when the 8 months with Michael brought out allegations of child misconduct. At first the Arvizos, to include Gavin, vehemently denied the charges and even put up a video tape praising Michael’s generosity and compassion for disadvantaged children. Suddenly, an about face occurred even after video taped defense of Michael, the state had a witness, but only one. So who got to the Arvizos?

Michael was found not guilty on all counts in June of 2005. The Arvizos never spoke again to the public about the charges and Sony continued their financial leaning on Michael to further deepen his debt. Michael was never sued by the Arvizos, but Michael also made mention of the "conspiracy" on the 60 Minutes interview with Ed Bradley shortly after his arrest in 2003. A shaky and obviously terrified Michael mentioned that he knew what was going on, but wouldn't say anything other than "It was a conspiracy."

It is reported that Michael had to take a $250 million loan to pay debts, borrowed from Sony, with part of his music catalog ownership as collateral. Michael was fielding as many as a thousand lawsuits at one time, most of them from people that had never met the singer, most of them frivolous, and all of them supporting pay for teams of lawyers. What Michael spent over his lifetime in legal defense fees and settlements rivals the $300 + million he has given in charity. Could Sony have planted plaintiffs too?

Could Sony have coerced previous Michael employees to sue Michael, running his legal bills into the hundreds of millions?

Interesting, this “drug deposition” which I have harped on before, was taken down once before due to “copy right infringement by Marc Schaffel Productions” The drug deposition in question was supposed to have happened in 2007 in relations to suits filed by Dieter Wisner and Ronald Konitzer (who were Michael’s business advisors during the Arvizos time in Michael’s life. Marc Schaffel was fired in 2006 for neglecting to tell Michael that he was a porn movie producer before being hired to work on his music video.

Why would Marc Schaffel Productions OWN film rights to a drug deposition that occurred over a year after he was fired? Was Sony involved in this too?
And why is Debbie Rowe hanging round Marc today?

Lots of questions. If Sony could somehow have orchestrated the beginnings of the trial that eviscerated the soul of Michael, what else could they have possibly been behind?

Michael Jackson owned those song rights long before Sony was even in the music business. Sony is just one of many entities to cut their teeth on Michael Jackson. Personally, Sony will never see a penny from my wallet for anything they produce, earn rights to, or sell, ESPECIALLY in regard to Michael Jackson.

Please keep writing to the State Attorney General Jerry Brown about the possible corruption with District Attorney Steve Cooley. I would also not be beyond writing to Sony. The information for Sony is on this web page.

Address for D.A. Steve Cooley (who is now interestingly running for State Attorney General) can be reached at 210 West Temple Street, 18th floor, Los Angelas, California 90012. His phone is 213-974-3512.

I would copy your correspondence to State Attorney General Jerry Brown, Attorney General's Office California Department of Justice Attn: Public Inquiry Unit P.O. Box 944255 Sacramento, CA 94244-2550. His email and phone is @jerrybrown.org, jerry.brown@doj.ca.gov VM (916) 322-3360... (800) 952-5225

Next blog, we will see what Tommy Mattolla is up today. Is he still working for Sony? And how did they get to Ortega?
Posted by BonnieL at 7:55 PM
Labels: Michael Jackson, Sony Music, sony/atv catalog, Tommy Mattola
http://michaelsguardian.blogspot.com/2010/03/enron-of-music-industry-mar.

http://www.michaeljackson.com/dk-en/node/707147

1462 days ago
120.

nobleday    

People with less than MJ have been taken down by the greedy, the jealous, and selfish. This whole event is just sad.

To watch a guy that just wanted to sing and dance for us end up being torn apart by others is an ugly thing to watch. We all know it's pretty obvious that MJ wasn't treated well by the media and public. Just take a look at the comments here for one example.

The guy had gifts and skills. Whatever ended it all wasn't just MJ's fault. No one can hold up under so much negativity. Whether it's MJ addicted to drugs, MJ left for something better, or it's a calculated murder...it's not right. Has anyone noticed too many people in this world are headed in a bad direction?

Interesting story. 10% of our human population is considered "depressed". Researchers studying a group of monkeys took the 10% "depressed" population out of the colony to see what would happen.

When the researchers went back, some thought that another 10% "depressed" population would have replaced the missing monkeys. Instead, they found the entire colony dead. The 10% depressed monkeys were the ones who were the watching out for the entire colony. People in our society who are not OK are telling us all something.

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