Opening Statements Begin in Michael Jackson Lawsuit — Sara Welch Reports
During opening statements Katherine Jackson wept as her lawyer described the pain of losing her beloved son.
Michael Jackson’s comeback tour was expected to rake in billions.
Jackson’s lawyers told jurors concert promoter AEG — knew the singer knew was addicted to pain medication and failed to see the red flags and scrutinize the hiring of his physician Dr. Conrad Murray who prescribed Jackson the lethal dose of propofol in June 2009.
Among the evidence the Jackson’s lawyers will present… emails including this one AEG CEO “We want to remind him that it is AEG, not MJ who pays his salary!!”
“Panish has always said that was the crux of the case because n his mind it proves Conrad Murray was an employee of AEG.”
Jackson’s brother Randy and sister Rebbie also in court for the oral contract between Murray and AEG will prove the promoter is partly responsible for Jackson’s death.
Tom Mezzero represented Jackson during the 2005 molestation trial.
“I think it’s an uphill battle for the defense I think those emails are very damaging to the defense they acknowledge they are paying Conrad Murray, they are putting pressure on Conrad Murray to make him perform,” said Tom Mezzero, Former Jackson attorney.
But AEG’s lawyer told jurors Murray was already Jackson’s personal physician and that Murray’s employment was “at the Artists request” and Jackson never signed the final agreement.
“But AEG is saying is MJ was the employer of Conrad Murray we were merely paying his debt and we would get our money back from Michael as compensation at the end of the tour.”
AEG lawyers told jurors Jackson led a public and private life and the company could never known he was taking propofol for insomnia.
“But I think the most important part AEG is they are going to say this death was not foreseeable. We could not have foreseen that Michael Jackson would have this type of doctor patient relationship that would ultimately result in his death, so it’s going to be a very interesting trial.”
by Sara Welch, KTLA News