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Michael Jackson Death Trial

AEG Live

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6/14/2013 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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It's pretty shocking ... but Katherine Jackson may have taken a giant step today toward convincing a jury AEG Live was negligent in protecting Michael Jackson just days before his death.

AEG Live honcho Randy Phillips had trouble explaining to Katherine's lawyer why he thought MJ "looked really good" in a meeting 5 days before his death when a photograph taken a day before the meeting clearly showed otherwise.

The photo shows a smiling Jackson but someone who looked gaunt and pale.  On top of that, there is testimony that producer/director Kenny Ortega and others were alarmed over Jackson's health.

In the days preceding his death, Jackson had missed rehearsals and was sweating profusely.  He also seemed out of it. 

As for how Phillips reconciled his statement with other evidence, he said, "I was confused as anybody."

Here's the deal ... This case was AEG's to lose.  AEG could have made it simple and just said they assumed MJ was being properly cared for by the doctor MJ handpicked.  But AEG has gotten a little too cute, painting a picture that the jury may not be buying.

Short story ... Propofol aside, if the jury believes AEG unreasonably pushed MJ like a circus animal, they could be in beaucoup trouble.

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46.

lili    

WAKE UP FOLKS! STOP BLAMING AEG! NOONE FORCED MJ TO DO 50 SHOWS, THAT'S RIDICULOUS.

Those of you who believe that AEG somehow forced MJ to do 50 shows you are enablers. MJ also WANTED to do these shows, he was narcissistic and wanted to break all sorts of records so please stop blaming AEG for what a GROWN MAN AGREED TO, MJ was not a child!

411 days ago
47.

nusox n draws    

a growed man!

411 days ago
48.

EasilyHard    

Who knew a junkie would OD ..call the shock police..

411 days ago
49.

nusox n draws    

trying to make money off of mjs corpse now

411 days ago
50.

janet    

Michael Jacksons legal kids have whatever money. Nothing new.


Murray is in jail blamed for what Michael Jackson did to himself.


AEG being sued by the Jacksons for wrongful death. Expecting a big payday.

411 days ago
51.

Emily    

Michael Jackson trusted his doctor. If you have insomnia, and your licensed doctor tells you they will give you something to help you, you'd take it. Which is what MJ did. The problem is that these doctors let him have to much, which created the addiction. MJ was a broken man, and AEG knew that. They physically forced him beyond his limits to perform, manipulating his psychological, emotional, and physical state to make money. MJ didn't stand a chance against them.

411 days ago
52.

Greg    

Why doesn't Katherine Jackson accept some of the blame? She WAS his mother and if anyone should have been able to see his decline, it should have been her. Oh, I know, as long as Michael kept supporting his entire family, everyone kept quiet, including Katherine. She'll certainly win no mother of the year awards.

411 days ago
53.

Emily    

It looks like everybody on here that thinks Michael Jackson was a pedophile thinks he somehow injected himself with Propofol, was a drug addict, and blames no one but him. There are so many other people to blame, and no one wants to do their research.

411 days ago
54.

Emily    

Just because Michael Jackson was a grown man doesn't mean that he wasn't manipulated, neglected, and completely taken advantage of. People lack so much common decency when it comes to Michael Jackson. Unless you've done your research, and understand his life, you'll never understand anything about him. It's not hard to see why he did what he did and why the people that know the most about him hardly blame him.

411 days ago
55.

Nikki    

Blame MJs parents for doing such a terrible job. None of this would have happened if it wasn't for his tyrant father Joe Jackson.

411 days ago
56.

Luz    

I never doubted Katherine is going to win this lawsuit. It might not be the full 40 billion, it's up to the court. But it will be a good amount .

411 days ago
57.

Denese    

I don't understand why that one AEG honcho said he didn't see a problem, but then said he went over to Jackson's house to get him ready for rehearsal and was screaming at him and slapping him while Michael was in the shower. How many corporate executives go over to someone's house and help them in the shower - unless there is a MAJOR problem? They can't have it both ways.

411 days ago
58.

MiMi    

Even IF Katherine wins this lawsuit, and in fact it is way to early to call it, AEG will not pay anything out of their pocket.


Any monies won would be paid by their insurance company.


Won't hurt AEG one little bit.

411 days ago
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tonny brasco    

Glad to her that . cos AEG is so out of order .They used Michael Jackson like a circus animal so true .Drug addict or no drug addict you cant treat people like sh*t .if u sick you must stay home every one knows that .You just cant drug people and then force them to perform .Michael Jackson lawyers will be will be ripping AEG it to a small pieces . 40 Billions is a good pay out for them . And i hope they do it . AEG are just a criminals .

411 days ago
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Emily    

Does nobody realize that Michael Jackson's downfall was a result of all the scandals and allegations against him? Come on now people. Is it surprising that a man that was falsely accused of child molestation would have serious insomnia? If you were in his position, and a doctor came around and told you he'd help you out, you'd take whatever he gave you too. People need to start asking "Why" instead of just blaming the person who was hurt the most.

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