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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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16.

Danielle    

Lets give TMZ a hand for finally putting up a nice picture of MJ!

1299 days ago
17.

jer    

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.

1299 days ago
18.

CloBird    

This isn't a surprise.Katherine does not have the best legal or business representation so mistakes are being made.

1299 days ago
19.

SantaFeJack    

Considering the enormous amounts of money involved and the celebrity of those involved, the trial and subsequent legal maneuverings should go on for at least a decade. Will TMZ survive long enough to cover it all? One can only hope. Good luck to Harvey & the Gang.

1299 days ago
20.

tony brasco    

That is nothing check this out please

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwww3CIr3tk

1299 days ago
21.

crazy christmas pie    

that suit was ridiculous from the beginning--he was clearly concerned, sometimes overly so, for MJ's wellbeing, as was shown in the This is it film--he was like a dotting servant--next to fall will be the AEG lawsuit which, quite honestly is being filed by Joe, Randy et. al due to the fact that they were left out of the will. . . .I have a feeling this suit isn't Katherine's doing

1299 days ago
22.

Cathy    

I still think that Kenny knew Michael wasn't well (i.e. was on drugs to help him function) and turned the other way because he was so concerned about the O2 shows going off, and he didn't want to rock the boat. Kenny puts on a good show for the public, but behind the scenes I think he is only out for himself.

1299 days ago
23.

mj fan forever    

WHAT HYPOCRITES "Based on recently discovered information....", GREEDY KATHERINE AND HER GREEDY FAMILY REALIZED THAT THEY WOULD HAVE NOT OBTAINED ANYTHING!!!! KENNY ORTEGA DOES DESERVE ALL THE APOLOGIZES OF THE WORLD!!! SHAME ON THEM!!!!

1299 days ago
25.

Denisse    

The family is still in shock!!! When people mourn they go thru these stages. I do feel Michael was very intelligent and knew what he was getting his self into. He took the chance and it turned out bad. The Doctor is at fault as well, he let MJ persuade him and this is what happened. The Doctor is at fault for not allowing his professional judgement to be the final call. AEG, should have checked this doctor out!!!

1299 days ago
26.

Linda    

Kudos to TMZ for the great pic of Michael FINALLY!!!!!!!!

1299 days ago
27.

Marcella    

NO RESPCET FOR MIKE BUT ONLY RESPECT FOR MONEY.
This is the jackson family!

1299 days ago
28.

Trish    

@27 OhWell, Too Funny!

1299 days ago
29.

rachel    

whoa whoa whoa. Kenny was a long time friend of Michael's, right? If not intervening makes him guilty of something then the whole Jackson family should add themselves to the list of defendants.

I don't believe Kenny would have any interest in making sure Michael was medicated enough to force him to rehearsals. Kenny's already done multiple tours with Michael and isn't hurting for money and would have no motive. Kenny Ortega is likely a new name for a lot of MJ fans, though he's no stranger to the industry or Michael.

Someone bring me up to speed on why he should be included with the two heads with AEG and Murray? There are 3 names that certainly belong on the defendants list, I just never felt Kenny's should be part of it at all. What am I missing?

1299 days ago
30.

Claire C McMillan    

Thankfully, Kenny is cleared!

1299 days ago
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