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People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray

AEG Live Prez Testifies

10/25/2011 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

AEG Live President and CEO -- Randy Phillips Testifies
Updated 10/25/11 at 11:20 AM
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Randy Phillips -- the concert promoter who bankrolled Michael Jackson's "This Is It Tour" -- told the jury, when AEG Live announced MJ's first 10 shows ... sales were through the roof.

Phillips said the demand for tickets was so huge, he called Jackson to see if they could add more shows.

Jackson agreed ... under 2 conditions... #1 --  he wanted a 16-acre country estate outside of London with streaming rivers and horses for the kids... and #2 -- he wanted reps from the "Guinness Book of World Records" present at the last 50th concert because he knew "it was a feat that no other entertainer could beat" (Prince currently holds the record  with 21 shows at the 02 Arena).

Randy's testimony could prove Michael Jackson was under extreme pressure to perform at the time of his death -- which eventually pushed the singer over the edge.

* Phillips told the jury when he first heard Jackson wanted his own personal doctor, he tried to convince the singer to hire someone in London, but MJ insisted on bringing Murray.
* Phillips said he had no idea there were issues with MJ's health until he got an email from director Kenny Ortega who told him MJ wasn't focused and was missing rehearsals.
* He then got a call from MJ's manager, Frank DiLeo, asking for a meeting to discuss MJ's health.
* During the emergency meeting -- held on June 20th -- Jackson assured Phillips he was ready to do the show ... telling him, "You build the home, and I'll put the door on it and paint it."
*  Phillips said there were no discussions about any drug use and that Ortega was happy with the MJ's response.
* Defense attorney Ed Chernoff  asked Phillips whether Jackson would have been responsible for any production costs had the tour been canceled ... Phillips answered, yes. But Chernoff was not allowed to get into the specifics. Earlier in the day, Judge Michael Pastor barred any discussion about the contract between AEG Live and Jackson noting, "This is not a contractual dispute. This is a homicide." Murray's lawyers were hoping to introduce the contracts to show that Jackson had more than just his reputation at stake.

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Myestro    

To hear men in suits saying that they thought MJ wasn't taking the tour seriously...really?? He created all of this with his family, toured since the age of 8, has probably performed more shows than they'll ever see, wrote the songs, and performed the exact same show back in 96 and now he's being told, he wasn't attentive enough to the endeavor...wow.

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daftshadow    

When I did watch his brief testimony, mister Phillips sure did rock his chair to the left and right quite often like a little kid... haha

1044 days ago
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Donna    

what does this have to do with Dr. Murray, obtaining propophol unethically, misusing it in the home, abandonening his patient resulting in ultimate death? WHAT WHAT WHAT I WANT TO KNOW WHAT, THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ACTIONS OF DR. MURRAY WHICH WERE ERGREGIOUS, IRRESPONSIBLE, WTF REALLY; GET ON WITH THIS. HE'S GUILTY.

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mj fan forever    

MICHAEL JACKSON WAS UNDER PRESSURE JUST AND ONLY BECAUSE HE COULDN'T SLEEP!!!! HE THOUGHT PROPOFOL WAS THE ONLY SOLUTION JUST BECAUSE IT COULD MAKE HIM SLEEP AND WAKE UP WELL!!! HE DID NOT WOULD HAVE WANTED PROPOFOL IF HE HAD HAD SOMEONE WHO REALLY WOULD HAVE HELPED HIM BUT HAD NO ONE I FEEL SO BAD AND I FEEL SO SORRY BECAUSE HE WANTED TO GIVE TO HIS CHILDREN MORE STABILITY AND WHO KNOWS HOW TERRIBLE HE WOULD FEEL NOW SEEING HIS CHILDREN LIVE IN SUCH A DRIFTER WAY WITHOUT ANY STABILITY ANY GUIDE ANY DISCIPLINE GOING TO A HORRENDOUS CONCERT OF A HORRIBLE LOSER-DISGUSTING "MODEL" AT NIGHT WITH FRIENDS AT ONLY 13 (AND NOT ONLY THAT!!!) MOREOVER IN THAT SAME STAPLES CENTER WHERE LITTLE MORE THAN 2 YRS AGO THERE WAS HIS MEMORIAL SERVICE AFTER HAVING WORKED SO HARD TO RAISE THEM LIKE WELL-MANNERED CHILDREN -AND HE SUCCEDED!!!!! THE TEAM OF LOSERS TRIES TO POINT THE FINGER AGAINST ANYONE AGAINST KLEIN EVEN AGAINST INSOMNIA OHHHH HE WAS SO DESPERATE TO SLEEP THAT....LOSERS!!!!! THEY TOOK A KIND OF TOXICOLOGIST WHO ADULTERATE THE LAB RESULTS FOR THEM SAYING WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR SO THAT IT CAN "SEEM" THAT MICHAEL SWALLOWED 8 PILLS OF LORAZEPAM WHEN THE CORONER'S REPORT- IMPARTIAL- SAY THAT LORAZEPAM WAS ADMINISTERED BY IV WITH PROPOFOL BY MURDERER MOREOVER SOOO DANGEROUSLY!!!!! THEY HAVE SUCH A NERVE AND ARE SO ARROGANTS WORTHY OF THEIR MURDERER CLIENT!!!! BUT MURDERER HAS NO DAMNED DEFENSE CONVICT THE MURDERER REVOKE HIS SO-CALLED LICENSE AND LET HIM BURN IN HELL!!!! JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!!!

1044 days ago
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Rob J    

Yes, it was supposed to have been 50 shows. But it was NOT 50 consecutive shows in a row. These 50 dates were spread out over a period of 15 or 16 months. On and off. It wasn't really THAT rigorous of a schedule! Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill!

1044 days ago
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mj fan forever    

THEN HE WAS PERFECTLY ABLE TO PERFORM THE TEAM OF LOSERS WANT TO MAKE BELIEVE HIS WAS ILL WHEN EVEN THE SOOO CONFUSED LEE SAID HE WAS HEALTHY AND THEN IT CAN BE SAW IN THIS IS IT AND KENNY ORTEGA TESTIFIED THAT HE WAS EXCITED AND POSITIVE ABOUT THE FUTURE NOT "ILL" "DESPERATE" LIKE THE TEAM OF LOSERS WANT TO MAKE BELIEVE TO SAVE THEIR MURDERER CLIENT INDEFENSIBLE MURDERER ROT IN A DAMNED JAIL AND BURN IN HELL!!!!! JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!!

1044 days ago
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Eleonora49    

Poor Michael Jackson I will allways love HIM !!!!I feel so sad what happen to him.A wonderful Man with a heart and soul made out of GOLD>

1044 days ago
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HumanNature    

ROTFLMAO AT THE "DUMB AS A ROCK" HATERS!!!


EXACTLY, JUST LIKE YOUR "JACKASS" HERO ON TRIAL!!!


HATER STATE: "Did you got to grammar school, no just grandma's school?"


WTF!!!


WHO IS THE "DUMB ASS FOOL" THAT SIT BEHIND THE COMPUTER AND MAKE JUDGEMENT???


CHILD'S PLAY!!!!


DON'T BE MAD THAT YOUR "DUMB AS A ROCK" HERO DO NOT HAVE/HAS A DEFENSE!!!


DON'T BE MAD THAT ALL HATERS ARE "LOSER"!!!


APPARENTLY, MJ FANS ARE "WINNING"!!!!


IT'S ALL ABOUT L.O.V.E !!!!


TRY GETTING SOME!!!

1044 days ago
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HumanNature    

IT'S APPARENT THAT MOST OF THE IGNORANT HATERS ARE FROM GOOD OLE RACIST UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!


THESE ZERO IQ "RACIST" HATING ON A MAN THAT BROUGHT UNITY AND LOVE TO THE WORLD!!!


MJ THOUGHT ABOUT OTHERS BEFORE HIMSELF!!!


AS EVERYBODY STATED HE WAS A "MUSICAL GENIUS" AND NOBODY OUT HERE TODAY CAN TAKE THAT AWAY FROM HIM!!!


LONG LIVE THE KING OF "ALL" MUSIC, MICHAEL JACKSON

1044 days ago
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HumanNature    

CON "QUACK" THE MURDERER WILL BE FOUND "GUILTY", FINE AND MEDICAL LICENSE TAKEN AWAY FROM THE LOSER 4 EVER!!!


ANYBODY THAT SUPPORT THIS "FOOL" IS JUST AS "DUMB" AS THE "JACKASS" THAT IS ON TRIAL!!!


SELLING HIS MEDICAL LICENSE FOR $150,000 A MONTH!!!


WHAT A "DUMB AS A ROCK" FOOL!!!

1044 days ago
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HumanNature    

YEA, THIS "DUMB AS A ROCK" IS LOOKING AT 4 YEARS AND MIGHT BE SENT HOME TO SERVE HIS TIME!!!!


THE MOST AWARDING SENTENCE WILL BE THAT THIS "JACKASS" WILL NEVER PRACTICE MEDICINE, SEE ANOTHER PATIENT, AND WRITE ANOTHER PRESCRIPTION!!!


THAT'S THE BEAUTY OF JUSTICE!!!


SAFE GUARDING THE "QUACK" FROM THE PUBLIC AT LARGE!!!


THIS "JACKASS" IS BROKE AND $2,700 A MONTH IN RENT IS A LOT OF MONEY TO PAY WHEN THE YOU DON' HAVE IT!!!


DON'T FORGET CHILD SUPPORT!!!


STATE OF CALIFORNIA HAS THE "WOMEN HATING, MURDERER" BY THE BALLS AND I'M LOVING IT!!!


NO TEARS FOR GREEDY IGNORANCE!!!


JUSTICE 4 MJ ALL THE WAY!!!

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