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Katherine Jackson Sues AEG Over Michael's Death

9/16/2010 10:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kathrine Jackson believes the death of her son Michael Jackson could have been prevented ... if it wasn't for the "negligent" actions of the doctor who was hired to keep him healthy.

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During a recent interview, Katherine was asked if MJ's death was avoidable, to which she responded, "It could have been prevented because he had hired a doctor to watch over him. The doctor was negligent."

As we previously reported, 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.

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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196.

mcculley    

I here that jackson said this is my doctor hire him,he the only one i want.

1506 days ago
197.

Rye    

Are you people nuts??? This was a 50 year old man who made BAD decisions and people think it is OK to sue for that? Sure, the doctor should be held accountable for doing something that illegal but MJ was the one who pushed and pushed. He was an addict and his careless behavior led to his own death. It would have happened sooner or later. His own family even said they tried and tried to get him help but he wouldn't listen. So, why are they suing? These are obviously money-hungry, fame mongering individuals. Jermaine is CONSTANTLY on Larry King singing MJ songs like he IS MJ and now this law-suit??? Cmon...just let it go!! Move on!!

1506 days ago
198.

Ella    

Im sorry but i know thisis your opinion and everything but that dosent mean you have to be rude. I dont think you would like it if someone said that about you. And FYI there was never any proof that MJ raped his children. And besides dont you think they would have said something by now?

1506 days ago
199.

Dean    

Michael Jackson died because he was a drug addict.Case closed.

1506 days ago
200.

julie nichols    

MJ was awesome there will never be anyone as tallented as he was ever again

1506 days ago
201.

E.Sweeney    

Why do we have a view and read about all those stupid

things entertainers do.

1506 days ago
202.

alloyd    

I can not beleive these people comments this man was one of the greatest people on earth and done so much to touch people lives he so much touch my life not only as a entertainer but as a wonderful human-being i don't think the music industry has been the same since we lost the most famous person on earth. All i can say is my heart goes out to his mother and his children becaues i know she is only doing what she feel is right for her son, his kids, and herself so she can have some closure it's hard being on the outside looking in and not knowing what happen to the man she gave birth to,raised,and loved. I know she is not doing it for the money i think she is doing this to have peace for her self and her grand-children and i know one day god will give her and his children that. Mrs. Jackson I think you have more guts and more heart than anyone in your family for standing up for your son and i know that's why he love and appreciated you so much we need more mothers like you.
May god bless he is so misssed.

1506 days ago
203.

Sam    

Michael Jackson was the greatest entertainer in the world as well as the greatest activist known to wo/mankind in the ranks of Mother Theresa, Gandhi and many leaders that have walked the earth before him. The problem is not that the world lost a voice for humanity, but that the world is not ready to recognize the greed behind corporate America. In order to recognize why we lose over and over again when it comes to building peaceful relations, healthy environments and love for each other is because we have been silenced from the organizations that run us. Michael was a puppet and AEG didn't give a damn about him that is the truth and unless people stop worrying about who Michael preferred to have sex with and begin to think of corporate responsibility and government responsibility for the health and well-being of its employees (we the people), we will all continue to be broken at the hands of these corporation's we are enslaved to. There is a lesson to be learned here and an awakening that must be had for any of this to really matter. Look at what we do to our role models. When no one has done any wrong in their own lives is when you have the right to judge and until you all get together as one, life for everyone rich and poor will be a miserable existence. R.I.P MJ we love you!

1506 days ago
204.

goburton    

Regardless of what he did or didn't do for the world, the bottom line is Michael Jackson was an addict. In interviews, he said that he had a serious case of insomnia and had been battling that for an extended period of time. I know from experience that a serious lack of sleep leads to desperation. In his case, it lead to medications--medications that were addictive. At the point that his physician saw that he was addicted to the medications, he should have taken steps as a professional to seek some intervention. Instead, he just went along with it. He completely overestimated his ability to control the situation and should have admitted he could no longer handle Michael's addiction. Ethically, he chose money over doing the right thing. I also think that Katherine and the whole family should take responsibility, too, as they admitted that they knew he had a problem and did not take the drastic steps necessary to get him help. They let him do whatever he wanted, and if anyone knows anything about dealing with an addict, it's all about getting more drugs, alcohol, medication, etc. Michael was not capable of making his own decisions, because he was an addict. The adults in his life should have recognized this and intervened. No one wants to take the blame, because that would be a horrible thing to live with. They all want to blame each other, but ultimately, they are all responsible for his death!

1505 days ago
205.

susan    

you shouldnt do that Pauly exspeashly ur hair because ur hotter that ever been!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you and Ronny are the sexyest people on jersery shore....................................

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