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'This Is It' Producer -- Star Witness in MJ Prelim

1/4/2011 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson's producer/director for the "This Is It" tour will be a star witness for the prosecution in Dr. Conrad Murray's preliminary hearing which begins today  ... sources tell TMZ.

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Our sources tell us ... Kenny Ortega will testify that on June 19, 2009 -- a week before MJ died -- Michael complained he was cold, had the shakes and was unable to perform ... so the rehearsal was canceled.

The next day -- June 20 -- an emergency meeting was held at Michael's home.  Kenny Ortega, several big wigs from AEG, Michael, and Dr. Conrad Murray were present.  We're told the meeting was "intense, loud and argumentative."  Kenny read Michael the riot act, imploring him to take better care of himself because the tour was imminent.  

Ortega will testify, during the meeting, Dr. Murray said some "terrible things," showing a lack of concern and respect for Michael.  Our sources would not reveal specifics, but we're told it's "damaging" to Murray.

Sources say rehearsals were canceled on June 21 and 22 so Michael could regain his strength. Ortega will testify ... when rehearsals resumed on June 23 and 24 -- the day before Jackson died -- Michael did a complete turnaround, wowing the backup dancers and others present with his moves and singing.

Ortega's testimony is important, because prosecutors will argue MJ was fine before Murray began pumping him with drugs the day he died.



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31.

MJFan    

Let's keep in mind, Janet, that the coroner's report showed that Michael was NOT an addict. His body was not a mess. The autopsy report states that ALL is organs were healthy. NO sign of chemical addiction was present. FACT.

1358 days ago
32.

kim    

Kenny Ortega's testimony could be crucial depending on which way he swings on this one. But I guess we will find out. Hopefully the tabloids present both sides of the case on this case not like in 05 where they only reported on the half. AlL I want to know is what really happened to this man, no matter what it is. BUT I WANT THE TRUTH NOT MEDIA TABLOID ****. THE TRUTH!!!

1358 days ago
33.

tkdmom    

My hopes is that there will be justice for Michael...and eventually find some peace. The sooner this is over, the sooner his kids can try to heal. That is what Michael would have wanted.

1358 days ago
34.

FlowerPower    

Just a reminder why Quackster should and will stand trial.
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Expert on Michael Jackson’s Death Predicts Dr. Murray will be Ordered Tuesday to Stand Trial

An expert on the use of propofol who has been interviewed by leading publications on the death of Michael Jackson is confident Dr. Conrad Murray will be ordered to stand trial at the Jan. 4 preliminary hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

“There is no question in my mind but that the prosecution will be able to establish probable cause that Dr. Murray should stand trial in the death of Michael Jackson,” predicts Dr. Barry Friedberg, M.D. and author of Getting Over Going Under: 5 Things You MUST Know Before Anesthesia

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 3, 2011

How will the Jackson family get justice for Michael’s death? Will they get justice if Dr. Conrad Murray is bound over for trial at Tuesday’s preliminary hearing January 4th at Los Angeles County Superior Court?

An expert on the use of propofol who has been interviewed by leading publications on the death of Michael Jackson is confident Dr. Conrad Murray will be ordered to stand trial at the January 4th preliminary hearing in Los Angeles.

“There is no question in my mind but that the prosecution will be able to establish probable cause that Dr. Murray should stand trial in the death of Michael Jackson,” predicts Dr. Barry Friedberg, M.D. and author of Getting Over Going Under: 5 Things You MUST Know Before Anesthesia (ISBN 978-0-9829169-0-2, 2010, Goldilocks Press, 116 pages, $18.95).

But will the Jackson family feel justice is obtained if Dr. Murray stands trial, is ultimately convicted, and sentenced to four years in prison?

Prominent anesthesiologist Dr. Friedberg, who has been quoted as a propofol expert in articles about Michael Jackson’s death in both People and Globe magazines, believes the kind of justice the Jackson family deserves will not result from Tuesday’s hearing or from a trial and sentencing.

Dr. Friedberg gives the following three reasons as support for why he’s convinced Dr. Murray will be ordered to stand trial at the preliminary hearing:
According to Dr. Murray’s own statements, he was not directly observing Jackson when the legendary pop singer stopped breathing.
No evidence of a pulse oximeter (a blood oxygen meter) was apparent in published pictures of Jackson’s bedroom.
A brain monitor could have measured the effects of propofol independently of the benzodiazepines also in his body, sparing Jackson from the unintentional over-medication with propofol that appeared to have caused his breathing to stop.
In his book, Dr. Friedberg writes: “Although he may not have intended to kill Jackson, Murray clearly caused Jackson’s death involuntarily. The only thing more reckless Murray could have done was taking Jackson up in an airplane and pushing him out without a parachute.”

The defense has raised red herrings about the propofol dosage Dr. Murray administered and about whether Michael self-administered, stresses Dr. Friedberg, but all those red herrings have nothing to do with the fundamental issue of physician responsibility.

Read more here:
http://www.americanconsumernews.com/2011/01/expert-on-michael-jackson’s-death-predicts-dr-murray-will-be-ordered-tuesday-to-stand-trial.html

1358 days ago
35.

shadowmia    

I wish they'd lock Conrad Murray up and throw away the key! That wouldn't begin to compensate for what he did.

1358 days ago
36.

Keith Richard Radford Jr    

The guy that lives upstairs from me came in like a week or two before this was broadcast in the news and told me they had killed him. I guess he thinks he is my monitor or something. These people are nothing more than thieves and murderous lairs. Did you know that the laws was passed in the dead of nite & the point of order was called & ignored. That is nothing more than political football. This is not legal & now the law makers are going cash in anywhere they can can like the parasites they are. Sex is not something laws have any validity too legislate & the experiment is over. Our laws are toilet fodder along with the political hacks & religious pandering that insures along with it all. Kids have sex alone or with someone. It'snot a law and it just wrong to think that legislation extends too sex. What a joke! He said to me that to find out what really happened you would have too check Las Vegas pharmacy's where the drugs where bought. Figguers huh Reed? My condolences go out to his mother and lets hope something good comes from it all BuTT: I don't see it happening yet. Sex LAW HA! with the laws the way they are you are all F**king SH*T!

1358 days ago
37.

Lee lee    

Kenny Ortega's testimony could be crucial depending on which way he swings on this one. But I guess we will find out. Hopefully the tabloids present both sides of the case on this case not like in 05 where they only reported on the half. AlL I want to know is what really happened to this man, no matter what it is. BUT I WANT THE TRUTH NOT MEDIA TABLOID ****. THE TRUTH!!!

Posted at 4:31 AM on Jan 4, 2011 by kim

Hi Kim

I have concerns about old Kenny.....Is he giving this testimony to help Michael......or help convince us that AEG had no idea Michael wasn't well?????

Seemed to be a BIG turn around on the 23rd and 24th of June
I know that hes trying to say that they confronted the "situation" earlier, insinuating that Murray seemed to have a lack of concern. " Take better care of yourself Michael, the tour is imminent" Kenny said. Clearly things continued to slide downhill.

As far as I am concerned ALL of the "players" seemed to have a lack of concern for Michael otherwise some drastic measures would have taken place before Michael had to die.
I know it seems that he is trying to help Michaels case........but I'm still not 100 % convinced that Murray was the only one involved in this .

Something is not sitting right with me.
Ortega was on the AEG payroll and if they have to throw Murray under the bus to save themselves....they wouldn't hesitate.

1358 days ago
38.

mj fan forever    

This is what MURDERER Murray and his lawyers say OBVIOUSLY!!!! Kenny Ortega was Michael's friend and would NOT have ever faced Michael with "lack of concern and respect"!!! The only one who has never been concerned and has never respected Michael and his life is just Murray, concerned only in money!!!! Indeed, he administered a lethal mix of drugs and then he went out from the room for speaking on the phone for well 47 minutes!!! Not to mention of the fact he administered to his patient a potent anesthetic like propofol out from the hospital and with NO safety measures!!!! This shows a TOTAL absence of respect and concern for human life!!! Just like a doctor should NOT to be!!!! Murray is a subject without scruples with only one worry: money!!!! This is it movie is GREAT and shows a Michael Jackson in shape, the opposite of what Murray says!!!! He wants to make appear Michael like a weak man and a drug addict instead by the authopsy report through the tests over the brain (that allow to go back until at his childhood), results that Michael was NOT a drug addict and his weigh was correct for his age and height!!!! The only problem Michael had was the insomnia and Murray did nothing else that aggravate it rather than cure him in the right way!!!! All the things he says are LIES aimed at saving himself from the troubles!!!! He DESERVES literally rot in the jail!!!!

1358 days ago
39.

OhyesIdid    

Sounds like a bunch of MJ lovers.
I hope that the doctor gets off completely.
MJ was a drug addict. Why else would someone have a doctor following him everywhere injecting him with drugs to make him sleep? That is CLEAR drug abuse. Getting Different docs to write him prescriptions, again, drug abuse.

MJ was a freak. Simply look at his life, if it wasnt for him being a famous musician, ppl would look at him more openly and realize this is NOT a normal person.

Some see him as great, others see him as a freak show molester.

1358 days ago
40.

MiMi    


AEG and Randy Phillips knew what was going on. They were paying Murray to be Michael's personal physician. If they needed to question anyone as to what may have been ocurring it should have been Murray.


This was all so avoidable, unless it was all planned.

1358 days ago
41.

janalal4    

Yeah AEG was 'paying' Murray AT MJ'S INSISTENCE. Phillips wanted no part of paying ANY doctor $150,000 a month. People just keep on forgetting that MJ ALWAYS ASKED FOR A DOC ON TOUR. It is normal to have a doc on tour. MJ wanted this particular doctor & had a virtual standoff with Phillips over it. A heated exhange took place, MJ told Phillips "this is the way it will be or it just won't happen". I've no doubt that there were other people who witnessed this exhange between them as well(would bet this will come out in the wrongful death trial).This tour budget was already overextended. Was there a 'push' to get MJ out on the road? Hell yes! Every day that this thing went overdue, that is $$$$ coming out of AEG's pocket. AEG is after all a business, not a 'nursemaid'. They were paying this doc at MJ's insistence. So okay, if THEY were paying this guy then WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE ONE TO SPEAK UP & SAY, "HEY, MJ IS NOT DOING WELL. THERE IS A PROBLEM. I DON'T THINK HE SHOULD GO OUT ON TOUR YET". Right?? Isn't THAT what he was being paid for??

As for Ortega's testimony & whom he is seeking to 'benefit'?? Ortega is testifying because he has presumably been called to do so by the prosecution. It is the prosecutions job to call witness based on whether or not they will or will not benefit their case. Hopefully, Ortega will take the stand & give the facts as he witnessed them at the time, a truthful testimony. If we question Ortega's 'motives' then what would be the point of believing any witness who ever took the stand in ANY trial. This is our system of justice, it is HOW IT WORKS. If we cannot presume that a witness will give truthful testimony then why believe in our justice system at all. The U.S. justice system is all we have. We either have faith in it or we do not. If not, we will question & pick apart every aspect of this case & forever be inferring that some 'conspiracy' is taking place. People see what they want to see. This system is all we have at the moment therefore, I'm inclined to assume that when witnesses take the stand that they are being 'truthful', otherwise the system just doesn't work. Why have a trial then at all? Aeg is not on trial here, Conrad Murray IS.

1358 days ago
42.

Flower    

Kenny Ortega will testify that on June 19, 2009 -- a week before MJ died -- Michael complained he was cold, had the shakes and was unable to perform ... so the rehearsal was canceled.
Doesn't sound "fine" to me, with or without the drugs.

1358 days ago
43.

Lee lee    

Remember when he got two young boys drunk off "jesus juice" (alcohol) Then molested them, I do. This guy was a ok dancer at best, zero talent, nothing good since thriller. What a waste of flesh. Children, oop's I mean young boys are safer now that he's gone. Rot you vile pedophile.

Posted at 5:49 AM on Jan 4, 2011 by Mark


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1358 days ago
44.

TXluvsMJ2    

Ortega was on the AEG payroll and if they have to throw Murray under the bus to save themselves....they wouldn't hesitate.

Posted at 4:58 AM on Jan 4, 2011 by Lee lee


I agree. It doesn't surprise me one bit if Ortega does day this; just another way of cementing Murray in as the fall guy and taking any responsibility away from AEG, Ortega, and Dileo.

Michael's health was declining way before Ortega alleges in this article; he looked deathly ill throughout the whole TII do***entary and anyone who knows Michael should have seen it. There was no way he was in any shape to do 50 concerts but AEG nor anyone on their payroll wanted to admit it. They are all guilty and should be sitting in that courtroom with Murray...and I don't mean as spectators.

1358 days ago
45.

Eleonora49    

Having this Big Meeting just before Michael Died is soooo strange.Someone must have been soo upset with him (MJ) to have a Meeting set.Murray was ordered in my opinon to contoll MJ even if it looks like he was on MJ's pay roll, he was working for a third person.To all of us, his Fans, it becomes clear now whats been done.The Truth will now come out because I do not feel that Murray will risk sitting in Jail, perhaps for the rest of his life.Who ordered that Meeting and also why can Murray be in charge of that Meeting?He is a nobody .Also insult the person who is giving him a pay check ???? Nuts !!! MJ should of told Murray right then and there you are done....your last pay check will be Mailed to you. Michael was fine untill he met Murray.We all need to look at who ordered a Meeting and why,what positive things would occure after MJ was Murdered for some People in Close Range ? Was this all a set up from day one ? Yes it looks like so, the chicken is in the Oven and the Heat will cook it.Poor Michael baby had to die for profit and Money for some greedy son of the B......God fogive me for cusing.

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