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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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61.

MJ is the Greatest of all    

MJ'S CHILDREN WILL RULE THE WORLD SOON WHEN THEY GET OLDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WATCH OUT HATERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BOW DOWN TO THE PRINCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1174 days ago
62.

thetruth    

I am sorry but when I first saw the movie TII I was shocked at how Michael looked. KO and AEG can say all day long what great shape MJ was in but my first reaction was anything but that he looked in good health. I know MJ was always thin but he looked very thin and weak to me. He just didn't look like he could last though a two or three hr concert. But I guess now we'll never know.

1174 days ago
63.

Khalid    

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.

Posted at 10:19 AM on Feb 1, 2011 by Googie

Agreed.

1174 days ago
64.

nobleday    

Not all the guys in "This Is It" were MJ. They just didn't move or act like him. Sorry not buying this whole thing. It was a collection of look alikes/asimilars.

1174 days ago
65.

nobleday    

Wow TMZ why the sudden and shocking change in the quality of the photos? You normally choose the worst possible photos of someone in the whole world.

1174 days ago
67.

Tellit    

16.
Lets give TMZ a hand for finally putting up a nice picture of MJ!

Posted at 11:33 AM on Feb 1, 2011 by Danielle
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Even this pick of the cream of the crop of the freaks ghoulish photo collection makes Steven Tyler look like DQs prized poster boy.

This ill fitting shorter black wig though, which still doesn't cover his black tatooed brow (for which this tatoo was intended...WIG USE) is an improvement on most photos. But those rosy red tatooed lips are there, and his white....Asian bleached skin stretched across that skull....yee gads that skull....that skull....what a freak!

How come the freak wasn't wearing the green jacket he stole from Arnie?

Michael Jackson....
forever the Queen of Freaks....
& the King of despotism, hedonism, egotism, and depravity.

But we need to remember that God has intended ALL to inhabit the Earth....
even the physically and morally bad and the ugly.
The Evil.

1174 days ago
68.

Tellit    

62.
MJ'S CHILDREN WILL RULE THE WORLD SOON WHEN THEY GET OLDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WATCH OUT HATERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BOW DOWN TO THE PRINCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted at 4:15 PM on Feb 1, 2011 by MJ is the Greatest of all
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It's a crying shame that you rabids can't realize just how sick ya'll are.

1174 days ago
69.

Deb    

Not all the guys in "This Is It" were MJ. They just didn't move or act like him. Sorry not buying this whole thing. It was a collection of look alikes/asimilars.

Posted at 5:09 PM on Feb 1, 2011 by nobleday

I totally agree. Michael himself said on several occasions he used impersonators sometimes, even on stage to distract the audience while he was setting up for the next song. I highly doubt he only used them for that and as "doubles" to go out the front of hotels, etc, while he went in the back. And no one will ever convince me the guy at the O2 press conference was Michael.

1174 days ago
70.

Deb    

This ill fitting shorter black wig though, which still doesn't cover his black tatooed brow (for which this tatoo was intended...WIG USE) is an improvement on most photos. But those rosy red tatooed lips are there, and his white....Asian bleached skin stretched across that skull....yee gads that skull....that skull....what a freak!

Posted at 5:33 PM on Feb 1, 2011 by Tellit

Wow! I kept wondering who Michael (in his later years) reminded me of (not counting a halloween decoration) ---- Skeletor, the villain in the old Masters of the Universe action figure set! My son had it all, from the vehicles to the castles of both He-Man and Skeletor and it hit me reading this - THAT'S who he reminds me of!!!!!!!

1174 days ago
71.

Deb    

(sits back and waits for totalitarian fascist pigs to attack)

1174 days ago
72.

Deb    

BTW, my compliments to the person who first coined the use of the words "rabid fans" on having that comment included in a TMZ story the other day ;>

1174 days ago
73.

cawobeth    

Insulting omment here; Mrs, Jackson greedy ?
Good grief, how wrong you are.

Way to go Mrs. J and Boyle.
KO, you're the best !

1174 days ago
75.

Tellit    

Yeah Deb....
slap a black wig on Skeletor....
and remove Michael Jacksons fake nose....
(he had jars of them and had become quite proficient in using them and applying the makeup to conceal that they were fake nose)
Michael Jackson had no nose....only the raw nasal cavity opening.
Just like Skeletor.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abqAwKLpeqs

btw: thanx Deb

1174 days ago
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