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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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61.

Vana    

@ TEllit

YOU ARE SO WRONG!!! MJ was many things to many people but he was NEVER EVIL. He loved the world and he loved his fans. What is evil about that? He would NEVER hurt a child; he was not child molester. A court of law says so!

1324 days ago
62.

Angelica    

All this is their words against a "dead" man... Blame the person who introduced Murray to Michael...

1324 days ago
63.

Warren    

First, Ortega was an employee or independent contractor who was hired by MJ. I don't think an employee or an independent contractor hire to produce a show has a duty to keep the star in good health. Mrs. Jackson should pay any expense Mr. Ortega incurred because of this suit.

1324 days ago
64.

nobleday    

Harvey,

Here's a really good vegetarian main dish – or it could be a side dish too with your fish. Sounds odd, but it's so good.


ACORN SQUASH FETA CASSEROLE

* 6-8 Servings
* Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour 35 min.

Ingredients

* 2 large acorn squash (about 1-1/2 pounds each)
* 1 medium onion, chopped
* 2 garlic cloves, minced
* 3 tablespoons butter
* 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
* 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
* 2 eggs
* 1 cup (8 ounces) plain yogurt
* 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
* 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
* 1/2 teaspoon pepper
* Dash cayenne pepper, optional
* 1/4 cup pine nuts

Directions

* Cut squash in half; discard seeds. Place squash cut side down in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan; add 1/2 in. of hot water. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-40 minutes. Drain water from pan; turn squash cut side up. Bake 10 minutes longer or until squash is tender; cool slightly. Carefully scoop out squash; place in a large bowl and mash. Set aside.
* In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic in butter until tender. Add peppers; saute until crisp-tender. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and yogurt until blended. Stir in the squash, onion mixture, feta cheese, salt, pepper and cayenne if desired.
* Transfer to a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with pine nuts. Cover and bake at 375° for 25 minutes. Uncover; bake 25-30 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 160...°. Yield: 6-8 servings.


Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 184 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 76 mg cholesterol, 606 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein.

1324 days ago
65.

JME    

I know and have met Mr. Ortega, I have spent time with him and I know he loves everyone he has or will every work with. Mr Ortega is a one of the best Choreographers in the biz who can say you have worked with from Gene Kelly to the Olympics to Michael Jackson.

K.G. I support you

1324 days ago
66.

Gavin Saunders    

It's more than obvious on whose payroll Ortega is on.

First he says Jackson was fine, full of energy and edits the TII movie to make it look that way and now on the stand he admits that he worried about Jackson's health, sent him home and got bawled out by AEG, Randy Phillips and Murray for interferring with how they were pushing Jackson beyond his limits.

1324 days ago
67.

marge    

Those claiming MJ was responsible for his death are simply not thinking or incapable of comprehending facts. MJ's addiction or lack of addiction is not the issue, the issue is DOCTOR Murray administering Propofol to MJ for the wrong reason and in the wrong setting. Dr. Murray gave Propofol to MJ in his home as a sleep aid, which is legally wrong on 2 counts. Propofol is not to be used a sleep aid, or administered in any setting other than a hospital or one that is medically controlled with proper medical equipment to handle Propofol patients.

1324 days ago
68.

abr    

Why in the world Katherine Jackson added Kenny Ortega as a defendant in the law suits? So she thinks Kenny made Michael to take drug? Or she is just trying to make money as much as she can through Michael?

1324 days ago
69.

Pete Kelly    

Honestly, who cares?

1324 days ago
70.

Audie    

Obviously you do Pete otherwise why would you read this?

1324 days ago
71.

teka    

But then who was paying Ortega if he says he had no relationship / contract with neither MJ nor with AEG? History is hardly counted!

1324 days ago
72.

Venice    

So I was watching Family Feud with Steve Harvey, on 01/07/2011 @ 6 or 6:30 p.m. California time, One of the questions was; what does the King remind u of, (Of coarse my first thought was God) I believe it was 4 answers. #1 was Elvis, #2 was The King of Kings God!, #3 was burger king, and #4 was Martin Luther King!. what the hell was people thinking? one contestant did say Michael Jackson, he is the King of Pop! but burger king was on peoples mind! and God should have been first, then Michael, then Martin and then Elvis!! but that's just my opinion!!!!!!!!!!!!

1324 days ago
73.

Rick    

Michael Jackson was a junkie! His family knew it and now they have to accept what he (Michael) did. He was a junkie that did not care about anyone or anything other then his next fix!! It is ugly but it is the reality of who he was. They can try to sue everyone and blame anyone but in reality Michael was the one at fault. The sooner they accept it and quit looking for the payday from someone else the better off they will be. Michael left them financialy well off quit looking for more money. They are a bunch of greedy leaches! If they need more money get a job! Joe, Jermaine and even Katherine.

1324 days ago
74.

Biggi    

Poor Kenny.
This is because of Karen Fayes badmouthing and her lies about him. Read her blog.

1324 days ago
75.

Jackie    

Right the Producer has nothing to do with the case. This woman needs to ****ing grow up. Instead of moaning her son, she is just media whoring around. GET A LIFE AND LET YOUR SON REST IN PEACE.

1324 days ago
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