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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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16.

cinzia    

Michael non era tossicodipendente,prendere medicine non significa essere drogato.
E non era affatto strano,Michael era l'uomo più meraviglioso del mondo.
E se qualcuno lo avesse aiutato sarebbe ancora qui tra noi.

1036 days ago
17.

mymjj5.    

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 with his illooneymoony take on things. Everyone knows Michael wore socks and leather loafers or low cut boots practically year round. Yet Kenny Ortega takes time to rub michael's cold feet??? Just NASTY!
Just a bunch of fools. Camera's rolling 24-7 at the staples center and holmby hills. Yet there's no footage to backup anything these clowns are saying.
Everyone was so concerned? Why wasn't the concert series cancelled or postponed for Michael to get the real medical care he desperately needed????You don't put a healthy man in the hospital!!(....the coroner's report showed no signs of drug abuse or damage to michael internal organs).
Why did AEG go along with this without a signed contract with Michael? The fans were being defrauded the entire time. If Michael disappeared for a week, it was to keep kenny's hand off his feet.....Give me a damn break!!

1036 days ago
18.

mymjj5.    

a so called email like that and nobody does a damn thing for the best selling artist in the history of the world??? hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars at stake....and NOBODY moves????? the email is bunk. it's all a part of the cover up!

1036 days ago
19.

mj fan forever    

KENNY ORTEGA SAID HE THOUGHT MICHAEL WAS ABUSING DRUGS IN REFERENCE TO THE CONDITION HE WAS ON JUNE 19 BECAUSE OF MURDERER DO NOT DECEIVE THYSELF LAWYER-LOSER OF MURDERER!!!!! JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!!! HE DOES DESERVE JUSTICE!!!!!

1036 days ago
20.

get it right    

VERIFIED LEGIT forensic analysis of the recording, and photo plz.

Murray started ordering and receiving mountains of Propofol - TO HIS G/F HOUSE, AND HIS OFFICE - in APRIL.


1. AEG goomba said hired Murray MAY 8th.


2. Goomba testifying instructed Murray to "get done what needs to be done."


3. "MJ Recording" was MAY 10th.

And, OF COURSE, DiLeo died a couple weeks ago, and the Vegas pharma dude moved to the other side of the world.

Hey Murray! With your condescending eyeball rolling f*ckfaced DEAL when Ortega was on the stand --- CHOKE ON THAT FAKE AZZ Booo hooo hooo BULL**** with the tissue during your BS PAID FOR praises by your "fans" MF'er.


That's all.... for now. G'Nite! :)

1036 days ago
21.

HumanNature    

WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD BE ASKING AT THIS POINT IS WHY WOULD CON "QUACK" THE MURDERER HAVE A RECORDING OF MJ BEING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF SOMETHING ON HIS CELL PHONE?????


WAS HE GOING TO USE THE RECORDING TO "BLACKMAIL" OR EXTORT MONEY FROM MJ?????


THE "QUACK" DID REQUEST $5 MILLION FOR SERVICE BUT WAS QUICKLY SHOT DOWN!!!!

1036 days ago
22.

gayforliztaylor    

mj got what he wanted. concerts.

tribute concerts. congrats to the jacksons and mj kids.

1036 days ago
23.

LadyD    

Thanks, Phantom. "Planet Earth" is one of the true poetic treasures Michael shared with the world. This is a beautiful short film about the riches in our world.

1036 days ago
24.

RosseJackson17    

Murray is a ****in killer! I hate him! He´s a scapegoat!!! **** him please!

1036 days ago
25.

CitySide    

Tragic death of a talented artist. RIP MJ

1036 days ago
26.

Cherwood    

Trial of the Century - KO'ed.....
Okay so FINALLY the TRIAL OF THE CENTURY has begun and I have one simple request:
IF YOU'RE NOT INTERESTED IN MICHAEL JACKSON OR THIS TRIAL, GET A LIFE AND GET LOST!!
How many times are you IDIOTS going to tell us that you don't care? Okay so we accept that you don't, now please do us all a favor and go contaminate some other board. I'm sure you'll fit right in with any of the many IDIOTIC stories that have nothing to do with this Trial so you have my permission to WITHDRAW.....Toodles!
Okay, now that I got that out of my system, let's talk....
First, let me say this: there are many people on these boards YAKKING about how Michael is responsible--BASED ON WHAT? FYI--even if he did BEG Murray to give him the Propofol, you do realize that it is STILL CRIMINAL for Murray to have aquiesced (given in....sorry, I often forget who I'm talking to.) You people have GOT to stop making this case a stomping ground for your PREJUDICE against Michael Jackson, and simply look at the FACTS of the case. And the FACTS show that MURRAY IS GUILTY because he administered the WRONG substance, in the WRONG setting, without the RIGHT equipment, and then left his patient, and when he went into distress, Murray failed to call 911 right away, and proceeded to LIE to every Medical professional he came into contact with.....
NOW with that in mind, let me hear you tell me Michael has ANYTHING to do with this TRAGEDY.....
Okay so to my Michael Supporters let me say those Opening Statements were UNREAL! Of course, I'm not really referring to the Defense who reverted to type by blaming Michael and Klein...why don't we go ahead and blame Sarah Palin and the Michellin Man while we're at it? But the Prosecution held out on us with that recording of Michael's "Sedated" voice that they got from Murray's IPhone, dated 6-19-09. Murray's team maintain that Michael got Meds from Klein or someone else, but if that's true, Murray should've picked up on that and refused to give him any other meds. Instead, he ordered MORE Propofol and Benzos after that date....Oye.
And it's funny that the defense wants to use the TIRED story that Michael was pushing for the Propofol because that in itself CONVICTS Murray because it says that he KNEW Michael shouldn't be given the Meds, but he CAVED in and gave it to him anyway. Also, he keeps saying he tried to WEAN Michael off of the Propofol, but that statement tells us that he considered Michael to be ADDICTED to the Meds, and it's ILLEGAL for a doctor to give Meds to a KNOWN addict....there goes THAT part of the defense....
As for Ortega's story about June 19th, I had read that Michael had the flu around that time and was probably taking something for that. It would also explain the chills he was having, and the Coroner's Report mentioned he had a slight case of Bronchitus as well.....
HOWEVER, I have a HUGE problem with Ortega's ASSumptions that Michael needed Psychological help. He's not a Doctor, he's a CHOREOGRAPHER for Heaven's sake! And he has the GALL to say Michael was "abusing drugs"? Was he REALLY a witness for the Prosecution? All we needed from him is to verify that Murray was supposed to be in charge of Michael's health, and that he even created a brue over Ortega sending Michael home when he was ill in his last weeks when they had that meeting with Michael, Ortega, Murray and AEG execs.....
Thing is, where did that email come from? I don't recall hearing it mentioned in the Prelim. Not saying I couldn't have missed it, but I find that odd. One thing we have to remember: Ortega was an employee of AEG, so while I believe SOME of what he says, I'm not sure about the rest. I think his testimony may have been carefully constructed to make sure he and AEG come out smelling like a rose when in reality, they're culpable as well. The fact that they claim to have noticed a so-called "deterioration" in Michael tells me they should've called Murray on the carpet and demanded to see some records. And if Ortega supposedly thought Michael was abusing drugs, why didn't they confront him with it?
And then there's also that NAGGING statement the Coroner made that Michael's body showed NO SIGNS OF DRUG ABUSE. If he had been "abusing drugs" as Ortega claims barely a week before he died, it would've showed up in the Tox Report, but it didn't. The Coroner also stated that there was NO OTHER SUBSTANCE FOUND IN MICHAEL'S SYSTEM besides PROPOFOL and the BENZOS....
I certainly hope the Prosecution have STRONGER witnesses than Ortega turned out to be. Not that it would make a difference for Murray because the fact that he gave Michael a stack of Benzos, then topped it off with Propofol in an IMPROPER setting, WITHOUT proper Medical equipment, and then LEFT him to make calls, urine, and emails....and then when he found him in distress, he called everyone BUT 911--who he LIED to when they finally did arrive, and later lied to UCLA ER staff as well....case closed. The only reason Murray didn't throw himself on the mercy of the court is because his defense knows people in this country will swallow anything the Media tells them about Michael.....sad.....
I do realize that Ortega's testimony hurt Murray, however, I have an issue with either side--Prosecution or Defense tarnishing Michael's Reputation in order to prove their point. There is NO PROOF that Michael took ANYTHING but what Murray gave him that day. And I'm STILL waiting for Murray to prove that he had been giving Michael Propofol for 6 weeks. I'll buy the 2 weeks, maybe, but not six. Bottom line, we have NO IDEA whether ANYTHING Murray says is true and that's the crux of this case. Too much of it is based on what MURRAY told the LAPD in that first deposition--the same time frame where he had LIED to the EMT's and UCLA staff....do we REALLY think he wouldn't LIE to the LAPD? C'mon Now!!
......................SIMMERING.............................

1036 days ago
27.

sarah     

Well, Michael Jackson became a living corpse when he underwent the change from black to white, disrespectful to his family and the black population. He must have needed all those drugs to keep him alive, so if anyone is to blame it was his family for letting him change colour in the first place, and the doctors who operated him...He nearly dropped his baby over the balcony and no one questioned his state of addiction. I hope that Conrad Murray is aquitted, he was only doing his job and it was only a matter of time before Jackson died, in fact he lasted quite a long time since he was taking such a mixture of strong drugs for something that was his choice to begin with.

1036 days ago
28.

gayforliztaylor    

mj was not a propofol addict; he helped to create another crime. do you see the pattern, you drug ABUSE ENABLER?
REMEMBER HIS INABILITY TO FUNCTION AND OBSESSION WITH THE BOY CHANDLER AND SUBSEQUENT DRUG HOARDING AND PAYOFF OF 20 MILLION DOLLARS TO HIS CRIMINAL PARENTS?

1036 days ago
29.

gayforliztaylor    

TRUE, mj was coddled and shielded and isolated from reality by moronic drug addicted friends and fake, greedy narcissistic relatives, who loved the sounds of their own deceitful voices too. he planned to stuff meds in himself back in 2007. he had butchered his face until he couldn't go out in public and then pretended his bad albums were due to tommy mottola's racism. he was a sadistic, child abuser as well as drug thief. if he was innocent, why didn't he inject propofol in the hospital before he would meet bubba the jail buddy soon afterwards? poor mj.

1036 days ago
30.

sis2159    

weather or not Michael administered the fatal dose himself which i doubt as anyone knows who has been put under when waking up you are so out of it some times not knowing where you are at first he would have had to have been awake for a least 15-20 mins before being able to move around let alone to be able to administer anything to himself it would have been impossible to be able to open the vile as your muscles are weak and would have felt heavy murray said he was gone for how long? any way if Michael had woken up he would have called out for murray or for some assistance Michael was not used to doing for himself he always had people on hand for that purpose the buck stops with you murray for enabling and supplying and knowing full well of the danger involved he know what he was doing thing is why? who stood to gain another thing why? would murray record Michael when he was so drugged up was this his get out of jail free card
was it some kind of insurance or blackmail being hatched?
there more to this than meets the eye, murray is is a murderer and played a big part in Michael's demise others AEG who knew Michael could not and did not want to do fifty shows, all the money and time they had invested they where not going to let go SO IN CAME HIT MAN MURRAY as they say "MONEY" the route to all EVIL

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