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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.


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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Janet and Katherine both have said on televised interviews that the family attempted interventions to try to get MJ to stop using prescription drugs.

From Taraborelli's book, which I haven't read and can't recommend or not:

"....Ask yourself: if your entire life had been played out under heavy and unyielding scrutiny, made even more torturous by an abusive father, what would you be like? What if you were infantilized by an adoring public who celebrated you primarily as a talented youngster? Do you think you might, over time, be compelled to infantilize yourself? Out of frustration and desperation, might you revolt and begin to do whatever you wished without considering the logic of your decisions, the common sense of your choices, or the propriety of your behavior? What if you also had an inordinate amount of wealth, giving you the power to redress your deepest insecurities and desires by any means at your disposal, no matter how extreme, and with no one around daring to challenge you? ....How does he see himself, anyway? As The King of Pop, a trailblazing, misunderstood musical genius whose career spans an entire lifetime? Or an insecure, basically unhappy adult with enough money and power to do whatever he likes and get away with it? Perhaps only one thing is certain: if you were an unfettered combination of both, chances are you would be like....Michael Jackson."

1352 days ago

Jim Kendall    

I wish people would get used to the idea that Michael Jackson probably did commit suicide.
His choreographer testified that Michael's rehearsals were way under-par, and that he seemed depressed.
He was facing a big performance tour; with the eyes of the young world upon him. And he probably felt ugly. He knew he had to give-his-all for the upcoming performance; and he probably didn't have anything to give, and knew it.
And it was cowardly to be so concerned that he not be remembered as suicidal, not leaving a note; thus NOT CARING whether blame for his death fell on another.
Mr. God of Cool had feet of clay, and he buried them.

1352 days ago


The only people who truly cared about Michael Jackson were his children.

1352 days ago


@Jim are truly mistaken, Travis Payne DID NOT testify in court it was Kenny Ortega that testified and he did not say those things. This is what ticks me off, people speaking on subjects they know nothing about. Get your facts straight before you make a comment.

1352 days ago


@Linda...not true!

1352 days ago


She's going after anyone she can. Someone has to pay for Jermaine's children. He's not.

1352 days ago


4. .....
MJ was an EVIL EVIL man, and his family is all about MAKING MONEY.


Posted at 5:13 PM on Jan 7, 2011 by yo

This is so true.
But make that.....He is an Evil Evil Man....
and it is far from the end of the story.

1352 days ago


I agree, Ken Ortega needs to be removed as a defendant, it's Dr. Killer who needs to be ripped a new one

1352 days ago


This family has NO shame....

1352 days ago


Also, people generally do not take propofol for fun or because they are "addicted" to it. There is no "high" from it. You take it and you pass out. If ANYTHING, Michael wanted to sleep. Not get high.

Posted at 6:09 PM on Jan 7, 2011 by neverletyoupart


You make a very good point here.

1352 days ago


Of any involved in this, this producer Kenny Ortega needed Jackson to manage to do a wonderful show, or no one would ever see his work. He was concentrating on dancing, singing, costumes, and he was too busy doing his job. How insane to sue him! AEG hired and pushed Murray to make Jackson drug free enough to manage to make them money. Murray instead of concentrating on his job at hand, he was too busy trying to suck up all the glory/power he could get out of it(on the phone with a gf, instead of actually monitoring MJ).

1352 days ago


Are you human Reyna38?

1352 days ago


Kenny Ortega tried to look out for MJ but was scolded by Murray. Murray could care less about MJ's health. All he could think about is the paycheck. Kenny's name should be taken off the lawsuit and Tohme Tohme's name put on. He was the one who convinced MJ to do the THIS IS IT tour in the first place.

1352 days ago


Michael was murdered and that's why we should care and have great compassion for his passing and his most barbaric death.

If it can happen to Michael it can happen to anyone of us. Murder is never acceptable.....we have a duty of care to each other...we are our brother's keepers.

It is reported that Michael needed the drug Propofol to sleep. Obviously he had heard about this drug from some medical person. Any medical person who would administer (not prescribe) this drug is negligent and complicit in the death of Michael. Just to administer the drug to Michael such as Conrad Murray did is so sub-human and reduces Michael's integrity to non-existent.

Conrad Murray should have acted as a professional doctor and tried to get Michael some sleep treatment, which can be very effective without the use of drugs. His negligence in not doing so builds the case for his not really having his patient's best interest at heart. So if he had ulterior motives for administering the deadly drug Propofol what were those motives?

Murray was doing as he was told.

The security tapes should be tracked down. The security companies should have copies especially when they concern such a high risk client as Michael Jackson. Lets hope the security company will be subpoeaned to produce copies before the trial.

Rest in peace dear Michael. We will stay vigilant and alert and pray for justice for you, your family and all those who love you.


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