LOS ANGELES — Hours before Anschutz Entertainment Group executives were heading to Michael Jackson’s Holmby Hills home to sign multimillion-dollar contracts for his concert series in London, the firm’s top lawyer called Jackson “the freak” in an email to another company attorney.
The revelation, which came during the last 15 minutes of court Wednesday, enlivened the day’s testimony in the wrongful death suit that Michael Jackson’s mother and children have filed against AEG.
The email was shown to the jury during the testimony of Shawn Trell, general counsel for AEG Live, who has been on the witness stand for three days.
Trell’s questioning began with Jackson attorney Brian Panish asking the lawyer about his visit to the singer’s house to sign the contracts, the only time he met Jackson. “It was exciting to meet Michael Jackson,” he said.
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