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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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46.

anonymous    

they will never win 40 billion. no way! dude was an addict. sue the dealer, oh you did, dr murray.

571 days ago
47.

Buck Boy    

At what point will his family stop the money grubbing lawsuits.....and MAYBE attempt to show an ounce of respect and pretend to mourn the death of a son?

And when will anyone on the planet realize that Jackson did this to himself. He was a grown man after all. He made his life choices. He overdosed......OOOPS.....nobody's fault but Mr. Michael Jackson.

571 days ago
48.

Lily Daisy    

It is no less than miraculous that Michael didn't OD sooner from what is printed in this article. Yes, Michael was flirting with disaster for sure and yes, I think Dr. Murray was still culpable, and yes, AEG no doubt thought they could "manage" Michael's addiction needs whie they pulled a performance out of him for big money one last go around, I'm sure. I believe they were still complicit in his death and should be liable, as is Dr. Murray.

571 days ago
49.

Lily Daisy    

It is no less than miraculous that Michael didn't OD sooner from what is printed in this article. Yes, Michael was flirting with disaster for sure and yes, I think Dr. Murray was still culpable, and yes, AEG no doubt thought they could "manage" Michael's addiction needs whie they pulled a performance out of him for big money one last go around, I'm sure. I believe they were still complicit in his death and should be liable, as is Dr. Murray.

571 days ago
50.

scoopie    

I've seen the same crap with people who were prescribed Ambien. There's a limit of 9 caps a month, and apparently the stuff works, so the people who used them would run out quickly and be freaked out the rest of the month till they could refill. MJ lost the ability to fall asleep on his own. Scary.

571 days ago
51.

I Was About To Say    

And, during the Murray Murder trial, Michael had a bottle of prescription pills on his night stand, it had 30 pills total when prescribed in May for a one month supply, in June after he died, the bottle had 18pills left in it as proven in court, showing that IF he was an addict then that bottle would have been empty after two months, sooo, once again, you children here don't know anything, if he was a druggie then the bottle would have been empty after two months and not still have 18pills left. LOL

571 days ago
53.

KicksandGiggles    

If they want to find out who is to blame for MJ's death, then dig him up. I guess they don't have enough $. I hope they have to reimburse everybody's legal fees for this greedy stupidity.

571 days ago
54.

mugadoon    

I loved Michael Jackson's music. He was one of the greatest ever! But he was also a drug addict, and for that, he has no one to blame but himself, and those around him who enabled him- including every member of his family! They deserve nothing, and they should feel awful living with the fact that they allowed one of the greatest artists of all time to die because none of them were strong enough to stand up to him and bring him back down to reality because they needed his money.

571 days ago
55.

4reallikecomon    

FREE CONRAD MURRAY¡!!....TIME SERVED!

571 days ago
56.

yepitsme    

Where was his family when he needed help? Why didn't they intervene ? It's not that easy to do, especially with a person who's grown and has money. They need to stop blaming other people when for not doing what they as a family couldn't do either. I do think Murray qaa wrong in what he prescribed and administered but MJ had a severe addiction before Murray came into the picture.

571 days ago
57.

U dont know me     

I don't want them to win because $40 billion is a huge amount of money and it shows me how greedy they are

571 days ago
58.

wacko was a loser    

Madonna has worked hard for her money, didn't waste it away on drugs and **** she doesn't need like wacko did. She won't be dying $500 million in debt and doesn't neglect her kids like wacko did. Jacko was not cleared by the fbi. Lies are not vindicating a dead pedo in case you haven't woken up to reality yet. Go back in your closet sicklysanemjfan. Gayboy who trolls for boys online. Danger!

571 days ago
59.

LeeLoo    

I can't blame The Jacksons for wanting to point a finger and blame someone for what happened to MJ but I really do not see it being AEG's fault. The blame solely rests with Conrad Murray for being unable to tell MJ no and for giving him the anaesthesia in the first place.

571 days ago
60.

Bean    

Come on mj was a drug addict for years and he had other problems. This family lives in they're own bubble. It's always been about the money with every single Jackson family member!! Greed!!

571 days ago
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