Michael Jackson Tour Was in Danger of Cancellation, Exec Concedes
LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson’s anticipated comeback tour was in danger of being canceled after a promoter received troubling emails about the singer’s health and mental stability, the chief executive for the company producing the “This Is It” concerts acknowledged Friday.
Randy Phillips, the top executive for AEG Live, said the sold-out London concerts could have been shut down after he received the emails, some that described the pop singer as being unprepared for the rigors of touring and being in feeble health.
Asked by Jackson family attorney Brian Panish if the tour was in danger, Phillips replied, “Yes. I would characterize it that way.”
Phillips testified for the eighth day in the wrongful-death case brought by Jackson’s mother and three children against AEG Live, Phillips and another AEG executive.
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