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MJ Producer Dropped From Wrongful Death Suit

2/1/2011 3:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson's producer of the "This Is It" tour just got a break in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Katherine Jackson -- he's been dropped as a defendant ... TMZ has learned.

Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Suit
Kenny Ortega was sued by Katherine, who claimed he was part of AEG's alleged plan to give Michael anything he needed in order for him to perform.

Katherine's lawyer, Kevin Boyle, tells TMZ, "Based on recently discovered information, the Jackson family has determined that Mr. Ortega should not be a defendant," adding, "The Jackson Family apologizes for any discomfort or inconvenience this may have caused Mr. Ortega."

It's always a discomfort to be sued for wrongful death.

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soulofanangel    


Old DEAD News!

1297 days ago
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Googie    

The Jackson family should add themselves, especially Katherine, for not taking action for a conservatorship of Michael & getting him the help he needed when he was alive. They should also include all the doctors before that enabled Michael.

1297 days ago
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Audie    

Kenny should have NEVER been named, he loved MJ!

1297 days ago
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Andy    

Kenny should sue Joe Jackson now for damages against his credibility claiming he has lost loads of work due to the stress of the ordeal...say 50 billion.

1297 days ago
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Flower    

Wonder if the Jackson family is sorry enough for the "inconvenience" to pay the lawyer fees Mr. Ortega doubtlessly racked up to defend himself against the Greed Machine?

1297 days ago
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dont    

he should sue her, yea it is discomforting to be sued for wrongful death, an oh i apologize i was wrong doesnt get it !

1297 days ago
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ToTheResponsible    

REALLY? Ok, nothing makes sense any more.

1297 days ago
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MJAlways    

Nice pic of MJ :)

1297 days ago
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mj fan forever    

KENNY ORTEGA HAD NOT TO BE NAMED IN ANY CASE!!!!!! SO, HE DOES DESERVE TO BE REMOVED FROM THE LAWSUIT!!! KATHERINE WOULD NOT HAVE GOT ANYTHING, HOWSOEVER!!! HE HAS ALWAYS LOVED HIS DEAR FRIEND MICHAEL AND IS EVIDENT ALSO IN THE THIS IS IT MOVIE!!!! THANK YOU KENNY ORTEGA!!!!

1297 days ago
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Marie    

The Jackson family should add themselves, especially Katherine, for not taking action for a conservatorship of Michael & getting him the help he needed when he was alive.
Posted at 10:19 AM on Feb 1, 2011 by Googie

I always said that Michael Jackson needed a conservatorship like the one Britney Spears is getting from her dad Jamie Spears. But Michael was too old and too powerful and too independant to get one from his parents. His ex wife Lisa Marie Presley could have gotten one for him but she made the mistake of divorcing him after only one year of marriage because she was not so sure she loved him. She divorced him so soon because she wanted to go back to her first husband Danny Keough and when Danny refused to remarry her she in return asked Michael to marry her for a second time but Michael married Debbie Rowe instead and had kids with her. If Lisa had gotten that conservatorship on Michael he could have been saved and still be alive because he would not have been allowed to entertain all those greedy sycophants around him that eventually destroyed his life with drugs and extorsion lawsuits.

1297 days ago
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Marky of London    

"The Jackson family should add themselves, especially Katherine, for not taking action for a conservatorship of Michael & getting him the help he needed when he was alive. They should also include all the doctors before that enabled Michael."

So true Googie.

1297 days ago
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thetruth    

It's will be very interesting to see what happens with Murray's trial. This whole thing is CRAZY!!! The Jackson family keeps saying "the truth will be told.... very soon it will come out." Hope it starts as planned in March and isn't continued.

1297 days ago
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TMZ@Froggy.biz    

Katherine is a greedy old bag.

1297 days ago
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LAWRENCE    

Good. This is one less person that has to pay for a sick families lost meal ticket. I'm glad the pedophile is dead. I'm sure Lucifer loves hearing Thriller live in hell.

1297 days ago
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kathy    

Good.Michael loved Kenny and after I saw "This is It",it was hard for me to believe that Mr Ortega would hurt Michael, in any shape or form.

1297 days ago
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