LOS ANGELES — An AEG executive sent an email shortly before Michael Jackson died, saying the firm had requested a meeting with his doctor “to remind him that it is AEG, not MJ who is paying his salary. We want him to understand what is expected of him.”
The email was shown to the jury Thursday in the wrongful death suit filed by Jackson’s mother and children against Anschutz Entertainment Group, the promoter and producer of his ill-fated “This Is It” concert series in London.
A key issue in the lawsuit is who employed Conrad Murray, the doctor who administered Jackson the fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol. The email appears to boost the Jackson family’s case that Murray was employed by AEG and, therefore, his loyalty was to the firm. It was shown during the fourth day of testimony by Shawn Trell, AEG Live’s senior vice president and legal counsel.
AEG says that Jackson hired Murray and that any payments it was supposed to give the doctor were advances to the singer.
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