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Michael Jackson

Drug Addict On Trial

4/2/2013 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Jackson's intense and decades-long addiction to powerful prescription drugs will be front and center in his family's wrongful death trial ... which kicks off today.

Katherine Jackson and Michael's 3 kids are suing AEG Live, claiming the company negligently hired and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray ... who killed MJ with a massive overdose of Propofol.

TMZ broke numerous stories after MJ's death ... revealing how Jackson had at least 19 aliases to score Rx drugs from various doctors.  It was well known in L.A. and Beverly Hills medical circles that MJ would doctor shop to find professionals who would open their surgery centers to give him Propofol.  The doctors -- and dentists -- would justify the drug by saying they needed to put him under for minor procedures, such as acne removal.

We reported in one case ... a famed doctor used a gynecologist's office -- run by a doc who specialized in vaginal rejuvenation -- to perform a minor acne treatment under full anesthesia.

The Jackson family will argue AEG Live had a duty to monitor Murray.  The problem is ... Jackson's the one who found Murray in the first place and that Murray administered Propofol long before the doc signed on to the "This Is It" tour.

AEG has a slew of doctors on its witness list ... to make the case that Jackson's addiction was in full bloom long before it entered the picture.

Katherine and the kids are asking for more than $40 BILLION in damages.

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Beyawnce     

40 billion bucks......to give Janet and LaToya facelift ? Hurmmm....

567 days ago
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MjR    

I've said it before and I will keep on saying it....Enjoy the money ooming in from his death, it would not be flowing as it has been if he were still alive. He was pretty washed up. His death like in many cases revitailzed what he once had and he isn't a danger to any children any more. He would have not made 40 billion if he were alive....your foolish and I look forward to seeing you lose the case, your greed is disgusting!

567 days ago
18.

Kaveman    

MJ THE CRIMINAL!

567 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

Katherine, get over it. AEG has NOTHING to do with hiring Murray. I believe that Michael found him and that Murray ended up killing him, it was NOT the fault of AEG. 40 BILLION. Shows that you ARE a money hungry woman. MJ could not make that kind of money again if he live to be 90

567 days ago
20.

Elle    

Katherine and Joe Jackson created the monster. Noone else is to blame.

567 days ago
21.

sgm    

Momma Jackson is showing her true intentions! Money hungry. When will she get it through her head and help those kids understand that MJ was a drug addict and needed to take responsibility for his own actions!

567 days ago
22.

Kaveman    

How sad, the people who program TMZ's website are so lame they can't even make voting work for Chrome users.

567 days ago
23.

Dennis Johnson    

MJ was no more that child molesting druged out POS and that is just the way he was.

567 days ago
24.

mb1976    

I agree that 40 bil is a little extreme, and like someone said, the trial will only make MJ look worse: I'm a HUGE MJ fan, no matter what, but if anything, they should be trying to get Murray a longer sentence. He ultimately dropped the ball.

567 days ago
25.

Kaveman    

AEG - PLEASE COUNTER-SUE and strip these thug leeches of every dime they stole from MJ!!!!!

567 days ago
26.

R34    

I hope Blanket doesn't become a pedo like his father was.

567 days ago
27.

Luz    

And how do you know he wouldn't have made $40 billion dollars had he lived? Michael had already decided this would be his last tour, that's why he called it "This Is It". He wanted to do it for his children! He already had a plan to create a talent show to showcase people's talent (in the style of America's Got Talent). He planned to be the main producer of the show. At that time AGT didn't exist! See what a huge success AGT became? And how rich Simon Cowell became? Michael was not stupid, he wanted something like that, that would generate money without touring that much.

567 days ago
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Cincinnati Sugar    

Sad that all you kids who don't know anything about the trial. Please bring forth your proof that the FBI couldn't (and wanted) to find in the 10yrs they searched. This is a fact that you can't deny. So, please, bring it. You'd be the most famous person alive to prove the FBI was wrong. You

567 days ago
29.

JD    

Funny how they blame the doctors for his death. In reality HE was a druggie plain and simple

567 days ago
30.

Cincinnati Sugar    

You're all just sad you didn't get the verdict you hoped for, but wait, most of you weren't even born then, LOL

567 days ago
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