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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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Penny    

I suppose you can say anything you want about a person once they have passed away. That person has no way of defending himself and it makes the person saying the sh#t, look "good" in their attempt to cover his own pathetic a$$.

RIP MJ

726 days ago
122.

Rhonda    

And Phillips is a fking liar...Michael didn't drink!!!

726 days ago
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TSIG    

The MSM has chosen, as usual, to make Jackson the target of these stories: Jackson as "a mess." The most salient issue, IMO, is the treachery and deceit by the music industry execs. Why is no one reporting on the fact that they were given instructions as part of their "strategy" when they talked "fluff" with "Mikey" to focus on GROSS profits, rather than NET profits, so that the artist would believe he would be netting far more than the actual amount. Artists are experts in their creative fields, and their business a***en, if they possess it, is generally in the marketing area, not the accounting area. Just another example of what we all know: the music industry execs use trickery and deceit to rob artists of their fair share of the profits. THAT is a far bigger story than "Jackson was a mess."

726 days ago
124.

John Galbo    

MJ is dead let him rest in peace.

726 days ago
125.

kenhp1    

It is money no matter what the torment of others is, especially in this business. This man needed help and the only thing he got was a Dr. that gave him death.

726 days ago
126.

chris    

Leave michael alONE..HE SIGNED FOR A FEW CONCERTS not a few months..money hungry demons

726 days ago
127.

Melissa    

I grew up listing to the jackson 5 and Michale. I only wish he could truly rest in peace. He didn't want to grow up the way he did but DADDY wanted to $$$$ his childhood was taken away from him. LET HIM REST IN PEACE and NO I don't think he miss treated any children. I think they wanted $$$$$'s. I feel like he was so misunderstud.

726 days ago
128.

Angi    

shut up, i dont belive, him they hurt him to the ends of the earth, i will get back in your face and protect him1

726 days ago
129.

debbiedee2m@aol.com    

for gods sake people let the poor human RIP already..he was achild of GOD just like you and i are...ENOUGH ALREADY.....

726 days ago
130.

Wendi    

Dr. Murray is sitting in Jail for Everyone else's mistakes

726 days ago
131.

Claudia Scott    

I ONLY KNOW THAT HIS DEATH WAS PROBABLY PLANNED. ALL THESE OUTSTANDING STARS DROPPIMG DEAD WHEN THEY'RE MAKING A COMEBACK. TOO COINCIDENTAL, AS IF SOMEONE IN SOME IN POWERFUL POSITIONS ARE MAKING THE CALL. CALL ME SUSPICIOU, SUPERSTITIOUS, WILD IMAGINATION...MICHAEL, WHITNEY, AND ONLY GOD KNOWS WHO ELSE.

726 days ago
132.

rick    

Rest in Peace Michael....you still rock in my book!!!!

726 days ago
133.

Sherri    

What difference does any of this make now? Let Michael rest in peace. It was a tragedy any way you look at it. It's just a shame that no one could help him before it was too late.

726 days ago
134.

debi bowdle    

It was never brought in Conrad Murray's trial Michael Jackson was ever drunk...AEG is trying to cover how they tried to use Michael..they are being sued for millions from Michael estate..man pulling that out at the last minute,, you better come up with something a lot better than that..so sad the family still lives this hell..

726 days ago
135.

ANGELO    

WHOLE LOT OF FREAKY CRAP GOING ON THIS GUYS HEAD , SO TALENTED BUT PROBABLY AGONIZED TO THE UTMOST , HOW SAD THE PERIL LIFE OF BEING A TOP CELEBRITY, ESPECIALY HOOKED ON THE DARK AND EVIL WORLD OF DRUGS AND ONLY HE AND GOD KNOWS

726 days ago
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