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People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray

Kenny Ortega:

"Something Was Wrong" With MJ

9/27/2011 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kenny Ortega -- Michael Jackson's Choreographer Testifies
Updated 9/27/11 at 1:50 PM

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Michael Jackson's friend and choreographer, Kenny Ortega, just took the stand for the prosecution -- claiming Michael was ill in the days leading to his death ... and Dr. Murray berated him when he expressed concern.

* Ortega -- creator and director of "This Is It" -- says Michael was "very excited" about the show.
* Ortega said in mid to late June, 2009 Michael missed several rehearsals.
* On Friday June 19th, Ortega noticed Michael "wasn't right" and that something was going on. Ortega said it "troubled him." He said Michael seemed lost and was "incoherent."
* Ortega says he sat with Michael as he watched the rehearsals -- rubbing Michael's feet because the singer was freezing cold. Michael left early that day.
* Ortega says he was so worried about Michael, he sent an email to AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips (below) -- saying Michael needed psychological help. 

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*Ortega says he was confronted by Murray during a meeting at Michael's home on June 20th. Murray  told him he was upset Ortega didn't let him rehearse, berating him for acting like a doctor (video below).
* Ortega says on June 23, barely 4 days after Michael was sick, he came to rehearsals full of energy. Ortega said "it was a different Michael."
* On June 25th, Ortega got a phone call from AEG Live Co-CEO Paul Gongaware saying an ambulance had taken Michael to the hospital. Paul called later and told Ortega, "we lost him."
* During cross examination, Ortega told defense attorney Ed Chernoff, Murray was in charge of Michael's schedule leading up to his death.
* When asked whether he thought Michael was abusing drugs, Ortega said yes.
* Ortega said right before June 19th, Michael "went missing for about a week."
* Ortega stepped down subject to recall.

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fioo hoos    

MURDOCH JU JU fruits owned the doctor voodoo for murder inc HAND OFF the president or the real battle will go grassy and the high and mity will be po again.22 much power in the hands of 22 few makes for tea party kilroy`ss.Sony killed MJ and still are and his artiste Soul is stil hot and making you money so the sharks make up fake news for themselfs as they owned tha game the players and the news non free press non groda.MUMB B the word voodoo mumb mumb mumb same as the stomp try in 66

1032 days ago
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J. Sarayda Shapiro, PhD    

It's hard to say why MJ was confused on June 19th. It could be because he wasn't getting any sleep (propofol causes coma, not sleep), because he was on some sort of drug, or even that he was suffering from hypothermia (he always felt cold, and had been having trouble eating.) Whatever it is, Conrad Murray was his personal physician and should have figured the problem out.

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1032 days ago
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Paige    

Just a note from today's TMZ Live. It's Michael J. was lieing in bed not laying in bed.

1032 days ago
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Paige    

Just a note: It's Michal J was lieing in bed not laying in bed.

1032 days ago
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Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

The world is falling into a major economic crisis and here we are worrying about a dead pop star whose days were probably numbered anyway.

1032 days ago
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EVLBERT    

If so many people knew something was wrong, why didn't they do something BEFORE he died?

1032 days ago
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JL    

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1032 days ago
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longagain    

MJ was a malnourished, starving, drug addict for the past 25 years. It seems to me that Dr. Murray is a genius keeping him alive as long as he did. We should vote him to be the Surgeon General!

1032 days ago
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batterup    

Uh, hold on a minute. Did he say rubbing michaels feet because he was cold? He was rubbing his feet? Really? WTF.

1032 days ago
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Rogue Warrior    

What up all you emotionally illiterate, Nancy Disgrace following, irrational, rode wet, mental midgets? FYI, MJ was a drug addicted pedophile who suffered from an identity crisis and took it upon himself to OD!
On the other hand, Dr. Murray is a good man who did the world a favor. Just imagine if any other average Joe had little boys over to his house for sleep overs in his bed and at the entrance of the room there were cameras to alert this average Joe of intruders. Yeah, average Joe would be in prison after getting thoroughly trashed by Nancy Disgrace and her followers.
A grown man has a secret compartment in his room along with security cameras outside his room to alert him of intruders. You have to be one emotional douchebag or douchebagette to think his sleep overs were "innocent"!!
Thank s Again for carrying out justice Dr. Murray, hang in there because you’ll be found NOT GUILTY,, NOT GUILTY, NOT GUILTY!

1032 days ago
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Mic    

Kenny Ortega was the only one who tried to take care of Michael. He was doing more that Dr. Murray.

1032 days ago
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YouDontSay    

Wow. That may be what could get him off. Sad though that he obviously was mental and a drug abuser with no family members nor friends helping. They all make me sick now.
Although I do believe the doctor should be found guilty in murder.

1032 days ago
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Warren    

Base on Ortega's testimony I now believe Murray intentional killed MJ.

1032 days ago
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tmz@frog.cc    

Really?

1032 days ago
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