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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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91.

Law&more    

ummmm If Kenny did not work for MJ, or AEG, or Dr. MUrry who did he get his paycheck from????
Who hired him????
I know he was not doing it for free... mmmmmmmmm

1330 days ago
92.

Myrandak    

Mrs k I can't agree with you here. After watching and listening to Kenny orthega speak about Michael,I could only feel real love and respect coming from Kenny for Michael.I believe Kenny is truly one person that realy cared for and about Michael's well being..Love you Mike

1330 days ago
93.

Ghoster    

This is not about the Jacksons and it is not about Murray or Manslaughter.
What it was and what it is was a very carefully thought out, planned out and carried out assassination.
Think about it.
A lot of people wanted MJ dead after he was twice accused of being a pedo....and found not guilty on both counts.
Dr. Murray was just the patsy designed to take the fall.
$150K is a lot of green stuff.

1330 days ago
94.

terrin    

You might be a drug addict too if you had third degree burns covering a large portion of your skull and neck (e.g. from Pepsi's people not knowing how to handle stage fireworks). That crap is painful and never heals. MJ was just trying to deal with pain.

Conrad Murray also isn't the devil. MJ was addicted to the drugs and Murray was trying to taper down his addiction, but just cutting him off cold would 1) not have got MJ to cut down his dosages, and 2) got Murray fired.

At the end of the day, MJ's death is a horrible accident. MJ took the drugs.

1330 days ago
95.

MJFUN4EVER    

This is to #4 Michael was NOT an evil man you stupid bitch, he was and always be a SAINT. And all you LOOSERS if you don't have anything better to say shut the hell up

1330 days ago
96.

sofi    

She sued the wrong person.Ortega saw Michael was sick and sent him home but murray got angry saying he was the one to make such a decision.Couldn't Michael speak for himself and put the supposed doctor in his place or did somebody threaten him that unless he agrees to murray's sevices the tour will be cancelled?
I wonder what AEG will say about Michael's last days.

1330 days ago
97.

Kat    

Michael did everything and anything he could to get his drugs. He was at his own fault for a lot of it. He refered to the drug as his "milk" . How immature to not recognize that not even he was above the danger of that. No one is supposed to use that for sleeping. It's no excuse but he was at the end, 50 years old, and responsible for himself too.

1330 days ago
98.

Lori    

They are Just trying to find anyone to blame!
Point Blank Kenny Ortega was at Michael's house when He died. Murray was. face facts. Murray you screwed up. he might have been saved if you called 911 first and stead of trying to cover your butt!!!!
its time to pay the piper Murray :0

1330 days ago
99.

jax24    

This whole MJ thing is ridiculous. I'm so over it. Who would have thought that quiet sweet Katherine seems to be the worst of them all. She is so sue happy and foaming at the mouth to make money that she will probably sue Bubbles next saying he caused MJ emotional distress that contributed to his death. That whole Jackson family is a joke. I would be so happy if I never had to read another article about any of them, I wish they would all fall off the face of the earth.

1330 days ago
100.

Cathy    

IMO, there are plenty of people who contributed to Michael's early death - and that includes (imo) Michael himself. HOWEVER, there is only one person who can (logically) be held legally responsible for what happened on June 25th - and that's Conrad Murray. He was there, he was the "doctor" in charge, he was aware of the propofol, and according to his own statements, he was the one who injected propofol into Michael's body. Michael is dead, so he has already paid for his irresponsible actions. The buck now stops with Murray. Were there other people in Michael's life, who, through their obsession with making money from him and off of him, pushed him slowly towards the precipice? Absolutely. But none of their actions or in-actions will hold up in court. These people (imo) didn't act illegally per se, but they did act immorally and unethically. The only punishment they will ever get is the guilt they feel - those who actually have a conscience. Is Kenny Ortega one of those (who has a conscience)? IMO, probably.

1330 days ago
102.

Merc    

All right, I tried to hide it but enough is enough.....I admit it....It was me.
I Killed the Pedophile whiny ass bitch.

1330 days ago
103.

check yourself    

Huhn.

This idiot was served notice of his being named in the wrongful death suit HOW long ago? MONTHS ago. Waits until NOW to file an "I didn't have anything to do with it!" piss, bitch, and moan suit??


IDIOT AZZ KISSING CLOWN.

1330 days ago
104.

Sym    

C'mon, Kenny was a producer and Michael's friend. He would have something to do with his death how?!? And people hating on Ms. Jackson, GTFO!

1330 days ago
105.

Richard A    

While I DO indeed find that most of TMZ's articles are fairly accurate ( Nothing like that of The National Enquirer ), trus me, ANYTHING I read about Katherine Jackson in regards to simply
" making more money off of her dead son Michael " just proves, she, along with MOST of this dysfuntional ' family ' are just that: AFTER MORE AND MORE MONEY !
Good grief, when is this family gonna get their act together and realize that IF it weren't for Michaels estate, half of them would be on welfare. Sick and tired of hearing of it all Mrs. Jackson ( you and your still married husband should simply start running a circus of sorts and start selling tickets to Michaels final resting spot; you're gonna find any means possible to just make yourselves look more absurd ) !

1330 days ago
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