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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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76.

Alexis    

What the hell was MJ so scared of??

694 days ago
77.

Blogzilla    

Why do they always have to try and sugar coat everything? Michael Jackson was an exhauasted prescription drug junkie and his body finally succumbed to the abuse it had to try and endure, just like so many that have fallen before him due to the same problem (Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Heath Ledger,etc,)

694 days ago
78.

Phishie from Philly    

Didn't Conrad Murry's lawyer know about this? Would this had helped his case? Yo, Harvey since you're a lawyer and all can you give me your opinion?
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Phishie from Philly

694 days ago
79.

tamara    

They kept adding more shows till they were up to 50 and probably pushing him for more. They had to know he was addicted to several drugs from doctors for a long time.
But yet they kept pushing him instead of getting him healthy and THEN seeing if he could do the tour.
What a bunch of low-lifes he was surrounded by.

694 days ago
80.

Michelle Basart    

How dare you evil media merchants of chaoes report crap about MJ after AEG Randy Phillips murdered him in his own home. U fckers! AEG is soooo EEEEVVVILLLLLL!!!!!! They killed him cause they ran out of time. They could not get the concert footage they wanted orginally for THEIR MOVIE, not MJ's. Lloyds of london insurance company found out through fans, karen faye, michael bush, and others that he was not well. AEG Randy Phillips was pumping him with propofol to keep him awake and then kill him. Lloyds of london found out and scheduled mj for a second physical on june 25th 2009!. They ran out of time. AEG are so evil they used his own fans mourning and took advantage of his fans at theatres everywhere after they murdered him. Since phillip anschutz owns theatres everywhere! U TMZ are evil and will see u in hell along with AEG! I will be praying for justice and that Lloyds of london wins! In the meantime all u media fckers and haters can kiss my ass and I will see the elevator bring u downstairs where u will all burn in hell! FU

694 days ago
81.

Michelle Basart    

U f in media merchants of chaos working for billionaire anschutz and phillips can kiss my ars for bad mouthing mj after evil AEG Randy Phillips murdered him in his own house. How dare they bad talk him. They are so EEEEVVVVVILLLLLL!!!!!!
He had a second doctor appointment set by lloyds of london insurance company on the day he was murdered june 25th 2009. they ran out of time. Could not get thier concert footage (for THEIR Movie not MJ's) they originally wanted first. They knew he was not going to pass physical cause they were pumping him with propofol **** to keep him awake and then kill him in london. This was all planned to exploit and play on the fans mourning emotions at theatres everywhere since phillip anschutz also owns theatres everywhere!

694 days ago
82.

Keith    

Heee, he heee

694 days ago
83.

Charlene    

Ever since I saw the clip of Michael when he was with the Jackson 5, sitting in a bus, looking out the window. A sad little boy, stripped of his childhood. Being forced to work when he could have been out playing with other kids. He probably liked to sing, but I'm sure he didn't know it would be like it was. Yeah, some of the things he did was a little weird like having a Ferris wheel in his back yard. They say people like to relive their childhood. Perhaps he was living the one he never got.

694 days ago
84.

Michelle Basart    

How dare you evil media merchants of chaoes report crap about MJ after AEG Randy Phillips murdered him in his own home. U fckers! AEG is soooo EEEEVVVILLLLLL!!!!!! They killed him cause they ran out of time. They could not get the concert footage they wanted orginally for THEIR MOVIE, not MJ's. Lloyds of london insurance company found out through fans, karen faye, michael bush, and others that he was not well. AEG Randy Phillips was pumping him with propofol to keep him awake and then kill him. Lloyds of london found out and scheduled mj for a second physical on june 25th 2009!. They ran out of time. AEG are so evil they used his own fans mourning and took advantage of his fans at theatres everywhere after they murdered him. Since phillip anschutz owns theatres everywhere! U TMZ are evil and will see u in hell along with AEG! I will be praying for justice and that Lloyds of london wins! In the meantime all u media fckers and haters can kiss my ass and I will see the elevator bring u downstairs where u will all burn in hell! FU

694 days ago
85.

nan    

The people who cared about the money were the business people around him , flashing money that impressed Dr Murray.
Michael was interested in giving money to a hospital as was evidenced by the tape Murray made of Jackson on the sly , no doubt to extort him at a later date , as people tended to do to this man.
I fail to see how this story could be detrimental to Michael Jackson...
All he ever did was try to entertain people and give to charity .
The fact that his assets were worth that of corporations just made an, already life long, abused person even more traumatized..
Does anyone on here think the press waited with hearts and flowers for his next stage appearance?? ..of course not..
they cut their teeth on him..That was and still is their bread and butter..
I really do hope the entire truth comes out because when it does , just like in court , the true s***balls reveal themselves and MJ reputation remains a spiritually gifted ,generous and exceptionally talented man
Looking forward to more wonderful things from his estate to pay homage to the man..

694 days ago
87.

Gary K    

I thought at first that MJ had purposely done himself in to avoid embarrassment at not being able to make the tour but changed my mind when I saw the film about MJ's preparation for the final tour. I thought he appeared to be in great condition for what acts he performed at his age.

I don't know if he would have been up to all the performances but I have no doubt he could have pulled off some of the first. I think what did MJ in was trust and hiring the wrong physician. Then maybe more ethical physicians might not have given him the prescriptions and RX that the one he got, and paid a huge amount of money, did.

694 days ago
88.

Charlene    

I'm sure I'm going to get a lot of thumbs down on this. I saw a picture of Michael when he was with The Jackson 5 several years ago. He was looking out a bus window, out on tour. He was this sad, little boy, looking like he wanted to be like the other kids, out playing. They mentioned in the article that he didn't get to play with other kids his age, just his brothers. Just seems like someone should have noticed that he was not happy. All they thought of was money. Then he gets older and instead of trying to re-live his childhood, i.e. ferris wheel, etc., he was just trying to LIVE the one he never got. Yeah, he did some stuff that was inexcusable, but then did he?

694 days ago
89.

Paul    

That whole family is just plain strange! He has kids that in all probability are not his biological children. All the plastic surgery, molestation accusations and trial..... That's just MJ. The rest are worse. Why do you think MJ didn't want anything to do with them except the mother and that was ONLY because she bore MJ into the world. She is ONE weird lady also.

694 days ago
90.

mrbluesays    

Black women copy white womens straight hair sooo hard ... If they had MJ's $ they would do a MJ on us

694 days ago
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