Katherine Jackson has challenged a motion by live music giant AEG Live to dismiss her lawsuit that accuses them of liability for the premature death of her son Michael Jackson.
AEG Live, of course, was the promoter of the doomed ‘This Is It’ O2 residency that Jackson was rehearsing for when he died in June 2009. Mrs Jackson says the company is in part liable for her son’s death because it hired the personal physician, Dr Conrad Murray, who administered the shot of Propofol that killed the late king of pop. The criminal negligence case against Murray is ongoing.
But AEG maintains that Murray was hired at Michael Jackson’s insistence, and that the medic reported direct to the singer even though AEG was paying his bills. Therefore, it says, the company is in no way liable for his actions, and Mrs Jackson’s legal claim should be dismissed as a result.
But the Jackson matriarch has defended her lawsuit, insisting the promoter had regular contact with Murray in the run up to her son’s death, and that part of his brief from the live music firm was to ensure Jackson could attend rehearsals and perform, for which he received $150,000 a month.
The implication is that Murray was instructed to use whatever means necessary to ensure Jackson could perform. Her lawsuit adds: “AEG should have known that the course of treatment being administered by Dr Murray was unorthodox and unsafe”.
Elsewhere in Jackson litigation news, the Michael Jackson estate is suing Canadian businessman Howard Mann, a business associate of Katherine’s who has been pursuing various Jacko ventures since the singer’s death. The estate argues that these ventures infringe intellectual property rights that it administers, and is suing to try and stop all of Mann’s Jackson-related projects.
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