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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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mj fan forever    

These are just a bunch of disgusting LIES!!! Michael Jackson was NOT a drug addict and NEVER drank!!! If Michael Jackson did not want to make that tour he wouldn't have done it, it was Michael Jackson in the This Is It movie not another!!! The insurance company is trying not to pay since the beginning, the la times wanted to have its scoop, the usual defamatory campaign, I am DISGUSTED by all of them!!!!

718 days ago
32.

Larry    

So yesterday he was drunk, but today he is dead. Let the poor bastard rest in peace.

718 days ago
33.

lwil    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c00CwFA5JNE

Here is the Press Conference....poor Michael...he really was a total mess.

718 days ago
34.

Rich     

How could HE NOT be a mess? Let's be honest.

718 days ago
35.

Rene    

I would not be surprised if MJ was still alive and his death was a hoax to collect on insurance monies. I saw the movie This Is It, and in my humble opinion - mostly all of the music and/or Jacksons' vocals were dubbed in from his recorded sessions.

718 days ago
36.

Rich     

I am not a MJ supporter or detractor. I am neutral. This man was used and abused by the family and the system. He was tormented by both. He is now at rest!!!!

718 days ago
37.

mj fan forever    

The press conference was not at all strange, he talked normally, he never abused of any drugs and alcohol and the Coroner only CONFIRMED that!!!! Michael Jackson wanted to do the This Is It tour and if he had health problems it was due to murderer's administrations, it was widely confirmed, he was in good health more than any other person of his age, the Coroner also testified that and only confirmed that at that disgusting murderer's trial!!!! ALL about money, they are just disgusting!!!!

718 days ago
38.

Brandon    

Isnt it a damn coincidence that such BS appears the day(s) of the world premiere of BAD25 do***entary by Spike Lee???? (London/Venice)

Oh..., just a coincidence, isnt it?

718 days ago
39.

David     

Can we move on from this Jackson people??? We are know they are a bunch of money hungry losers.

718 days ago
40.

Majestik    

I'd like to know, the new PITBULL song that he's taken of MJ's song BAD and then added himself into, did the ESTATE okay this? They have to right, for someone to use another person's song? This should bring in more money for the kids, if that's the case. Pitbull is one of the BIGGEST rappers at the moment. I'd like to see Pitbull take MORE MJ songs so there's more money generated for the kids. Way to go, EXECUTORS

718 days ago
41.

JimmyB    

Newsflash: The sky will be blue tomorrow.

718 days ago
42.

Jen    

Drugged out pedo father of the year.

718 days ago
43.

MJfan4life    

The man has been dead for years. All of this perpetual transparent hog wash constantly spewed by the MJ haters especially "oh well" and Duilama who appears to have no other job or any given respectable purpose on planet earth or probably could never qualify for a decent job any way other than to constantly post hateful MJ messages. Do MJ a favoour and Kis@# MJ's A#$

718 days ago
44.

~♥~    

I love my heavy metal, hard rock, classic rock..etc..when it comes to MJ..I feel/felt for him. I think the dude was somewhat messed up but got labeled and wrongfully accused or things he didn't do. Greed...what lies would a person or people would say to get money from a person. Karma is a b¡tch. I wonder how much money is left from the thieves that ripped apart an already depressed soul just because of their greed and lies. R.I.P. M.J.. I may not have liked your music but I believed you were fxxxed royally because of the greedy people.

718 days ago
45.

Don Martin    

How about some news? The moron off'd himself with drugs ...mess is an understatement.

718 days ago
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