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Michael Jackson

'This Is It' Promoters

Called Jackson a 'Mess'

9/2/2012 3:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0717_michael_jackson_article_gettyMichael Jackson was "an emotionally paralyzed mess" who was "scared to death" leading up to his planned "This Is It" concerts in 2009, this according to newly obtained emails sent by the promoters of the show.

In the emails, obtained by the LA Times, AEG's Randy Phillips traded messages back and forth with AEG President Tim Leiweke. In one email leading up to the 2009 press conference to announce the concerts, Phillips wrote, "MJ is locked in his room drunk and despondent ... I (am) trying to sober him up."

Phillips said Jackson was "an emotionally paralyzed mess," that Jackson was "scared to death," and that Phillips and Jackson's manager had to dress him. The press conference ended up being very brief and very strange.

The emails were part of the discovery in an ongoing lawsuit between AEG and the insurance company that backed the tour ... which is suing to get the $17.5 million policy nullified.

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Majestik    

And here's your sign.
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Of course they said that and letting out the emails to cover their arses. Next!!!

759 days ago
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X    

Be careful! The greedy Jackson clan might sue you for calling Michael a mess..

759 days ago
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AlwaysOnTimeB    

If they felt that way about him, they shouldn't have pushed him to do 50 shows. They are coming across as leeches.

759 days ago
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oink    

I thought MJ wanted to do 50 shows to beat Prince's record.

759 days ago
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EMP BITE ME    

Micheal was only doing the THIS IS IT tour for money,he was broke,had no cash on hand,funny since he died he has made more then he did in last 10 years,...

759 days ago
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namers    

He was "an emotionally paralyzed mess" that no one could say NO to.

759 days ago
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oink    

I'd bet he knew he couldn't do the shows, and did himself in.

759 days ago
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Majestik    

Tuesday morning, first thing the lawyer offices open, JOE JACKSON will be in and refiling his lawsuit. Five minutes later, the rest of the Jackson grifters will file their own lawsuit on behalf of Momma Jackson. I'm thinking, Joe will stick with the 100 mil and the others will up that to 150 mil.

759 days ago
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OhWell    

HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa


.......THIS IS JUST TOO DAMN FUNNY.....

759 days ago
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Proud2bBlack    

Here comes TMZ again, always stirring up controversy. You should change your name to CONtroversy! You're always trying to con people must be the trickery move by Harvey & his lawyer way!

759 days ago
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Denver    

So when they create the MJ hologram and everyone involved makes a pile of money, will they use the Jackson 5 MJ. the solo act with his real nose MJ, whiter Thriller era MJ, whiter Neverland MJ or whitest hot mess drug addict, broke, too many surgeries not enough skin MJ?

759 days ago
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Jimmy jamz    

So wait a second are you suggesting that the rabid MJ fans have no idea what they are talking about with this story? I thought he was Father of the year? How could one be a great t father when high as SH*T locking yourself in a bedroom.?


Ahh yeah I get it now, he was a ****ty father and an even worse person.

759 days ago
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blank    

the man didn't perform for years, he's been criticized by so many people, and he knew something tragic was going to happen to him. He sacrificed himself to make himself and his family a living. dont judge this man, because you dont know what he had been though.

759 days ago
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yellowfinns    

What is sad is the NO ONE cared about him. His family obviously did not, the people who saw him every day, no one cared.

759 days ago
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