LOS ANGELES, CA – With the backing of concert promoter AEG, the King of Pop was set for a huge comeback with his ‘This Is It’ tour. But instead of packing concert venues, a courtroom is now center stage.
The Jackson vs. AEG Live trial started Tuesday in Los Angeles. Jackson’s mom, Katherine is suing the company for $40 billion. She claims tour promoters were more than concerned about cashing in than making sure Michael was healthy enough to take the stage. She also blames them for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray. He was found guilty in 2011 of involuntarily manslaughter for injecting Michael with the surgical anesthetic Propofol. But AEG says they had no say over which doctor Michael chose.
“If you look at the drafts explicitly, is that he was chosen by Michael Jackson, he’d be there at Michael Jackson’s behest. Michael Jackson was the only person who could get rid of him at will,” said Marvin Putnam, AEG’s attorney.
Dozens are expected to take the stand, including two of Michael’s children Prince Michael and Paris. And the trial could last up to three months.
So much like Michael’s music, looks like we’re going to be hearing about this for a long time to come.