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'This Is It' Producer: I Didn't Cause Michael's Death

1/8/2011 8:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The producer/director of Michael Jackson's "This Is It" tour is scoffing at Katherine Jackson's wrongful death suit in which he's named as a defendant, because he had nothing to do with the drugs or treatment that caused the singer's death.

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Kenny Ortega just filed legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- asking the court to remove him as a defendant in Katherine's suit, claiming, "Kenneth Ortega is not alleged to be involved in the medical treatment or administration of drugs that allegedly caused Michael Jackson's death."

Ortega's lawyer adds ... Kenny never had a contract with Dr. Conrad Murray or with  Michael Jackson, nor has he had any official affiliation with AEG.

Ortega's lawyer says, "The naming of Kenneth Ortega as a defendant in this action, without any basis, without any substantive charging allegations against him, is a gross error."

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Justice4MJJ    

conrad is going down. http://dearconradmurray.com

1354 days ago
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Claire C McMillan    

Ms. Katherine, Please explain how you feel that Kenny was at fault.

1354 days ago
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yo    

This has nothing to do with Conrad you stupid fark. This has to do with Michael's mom suing someone else, idiot ***got.

1354 days ago
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yo    

This is not about Katherine explaining anything idiot.

This is about Katherine making money.

Got it?

Good.

MJ was an EVIL EVIL man, and his family is all about MAKING MONEY.

END OF STORY.

1354 days ago
5.

angles    

YES I BELIEVE KENNY TRULY CARED ABOUT MICHAEL WELL BEING THEY WORKED TOGETHER FOR YEARS MAYBE THE OTHER HIGHER UPS IN THE COMPANY I THINK KENNY TOOK THIS PASSING OF MICHAEL REALY HARD AND PERSONAL IF HE COULD HELP HE WOULD THIS IS A VERY NICE PERSON.

1354 days ago
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yo    

Kenny cared about Michael but Katherine did not.

Think about it.

1354 days ago
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depecheaholic    

You know who's responsible for Michael's death? Michael Jackson! He wasn't a saint, he was a f'ing drug addict!

1354 days ago
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yo    

Now now, depechaholic, we must not evar say anything bad about MJ, right?

1354 days ago
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kimd    

Agree with #4.Even MJ's mother is trying to cash in on her son.That whole family is a bunch of sharks.MJ's death was his own fault.Was Conrad guilty of supplying the drugs?Yes but MJ was a spoiled,narcissistic middle aged man used to getting his own way, damn the consequences.That's what happened.Now the entire family is are coming up with whatever they can to make a buck.

1354 days ago
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mj fan forever    

Kenny Ortega is right!!! Rather, Katherine would have had to worry about HER son, of the fact he couldn't sleep, given that SHE was his mother, instead of thinking about money as, of the rest, she is doing now also!!! And only now she remember to be Michael's mother!!! She should be ashamed!!!

1354 days ago
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MichaelPureSoul    

@Claire C McMillan Go read the Wrongful death suit to find out what she accuses him of.

1354 days ago
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HarlotO'Hara    

Katherine needs to STFU. She stood by while Joe**** Jackson beat her children.

1354 days ago
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Kerry    

Of all the people affiliated with Michael JAckson in his life.. I believe Kenny Ortega truly cared about him as a human being and not just a cash cow. Here is man who saw things were wrong and made MJ go home to get rest. He tried to get MJ to eat and also consoled him to get some rest and put his creative ideas on hold until he finished his tour. All you have to do is listen to Kenny Ortega talk about Michael Jackson and you know he cared deeply for him.

If Michael had more people like Kenny in his life, he may still be here today.

1354 days ago
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Kimberly    

it is so interesting to see who is at the front of the money grab. Who would have guessed, all this time appearing so meek and mild. Not so much.
As I said before, you only need to look at who is making coin now that he is dead, to see in who's interest it is that he is not here. They all knew for years and did the bare minimum to stop it, to keep the money flowing. It's interesting the "accusing" going on. This Doc, was only the last, in a long line of "doctors" getting Michael WHATEVER he wanted. He was, more than all, except Janet, raised looking at what money and fame could allow. Love would have told me to Get him help, at all costs, down to threatening to spill the Truth. Not ONE of his family
The good doc, in this case, is accused of NOT doing enough and hiding the TRUTH. Those accusations are absolutely true. His being star struck and financially hooked, with no real concern for anyone but himself are more than evident. However, I feel it only right that the Family then, should also stand trial.

1354 days ago
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dd    

KENNY IF YOU LOVE KATHERINE YOU KNOW MICHAEL WOULDN'T WANT THIS ARE YOU IN KAHOOTS WITH that slut that slept with 2 bros..Michael Rest we'll take care of you now! Rest you never got it in life..No more pain, no more suffering, no more death...Thank you Jesus Michael is safe!

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