LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Doctors took advantage of Michael Jackson’s pain and trust, the singer’s former wife Debbie Rowe said during her testimony Wednesday in the wrongful death trial against AEG.
Jackson’s pain stemmed from a severe scalp burn he suffered while shooting a Pepsi commercial in which a light exploded near his head.
Doctors would compete to treat Jackson, often with addictive pain medications, Rowe said, adding that Jackson deeply respected doctors and was vulnerable because of that trust.
Rowe was called to the stand by AEG, but is considered a hostile witness because of a comment she made to a psychiatrist in the past. “They’re going to kill him,” Rowe told the psychiatrist upon hearing of Jackson’s upcoming 50 concert tour.
Jackson died at his home after being given a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol by Dr. Conrad Murray.
Jackson’s mother, Katherine, has told the jury that the concert promoter hired Murray, who’s been convicted of causing Jackson’s death.
Katherine Jackson, along with Michael’s three children, is suing AEG for up to $1 billion.
Rowe is the mother of Jackson’s two oldest children, Paris and Prince.