A potentially damning email will serve as the core of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson’s mother and his children.
A judge recently unveiled text of an email from the CEO of AEG Live, the concert promotion company behind Jackson’s This is It tour that was scheduled to begin in the summer of 2009.
A portion of the message released implies that Dr. Conrad Murray – who was Jackson’s doctor and is serving a prison sentence for involuntary manslaughter – was pressured into getting Michael Jackson to rehearse in spite of concerns regarding the singer’s health:
A cornerstone of the Jacksons’ case is an e-mail AEG Live Co-CEO Paul Gongaware wrote 11 days before Jackson’s June 25, 2009, death. The e-mail to show director Kenny Ortega addressed concerns that Murray had kept Jackson from a rehearsal the day before: “We want to remind (Murray) that it is AEG, not MJ, who is paying his salary. We want to remind him what is expected of him.”
Jackson lawyers, calling it a “smoking gun,” argue the e-mail is evidence that AEG Live used Murray’s fear of losing his $150,000-a-month job as Jackson’s personal physician to pressure him to have Jackson ready for rehearsals despite his fragile health.
Read more at CNN.
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Did AEG attempt to intimidate and/or coerce Dr. Conrad Murray into getting Jackson to rehearse?
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