LOS ANGELES — A professional concert tour director testified Friday in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial that a doctor’s demand for $5 million to serve as the singer’s tour physician “raised a red flag.”
Marty Hom, who has spent 25 to 30 years as a tour director and tour manager, said that Dr. Conrad Murray’s original demand was “outrageous.” Murray, a cardiologist who closed his practice to serve Jackson, eventually agreed to work for $150,000 a month.
Hom, who testified as an expert witness, also said he would never tell a director he had checked out a doctor if he hadn’t, a reference to claims by the Jackson family about an AEG executive.
A portion of Hom’s March 25 video deposition was played to the jury in the lawsuit brought by Jackson’s mother and three children. They contend that entertainment giant AEG negligently hired and supervised Murray, who administered a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol to the singer to combat his insomnia. AEG says that Jackson hired Murray and that any payments the company was supposed to make to the doctor were advances to the singer.
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