Jackson v. AEG Live Trial Opens In L.A. Today
April 2, 2013 at 5:14 AM (PT)
AEG, the promoter for MICHAEL JACKSON’s last concert before his death, will defend itself in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by JACKSON's family. AEG plans to argue that JACKSON was responsible for his own death. The trial, which is expected to last up to three months, begins in a LOS ANGELES courtroom TODAY (4/2).
KTLA-TV/LOS ANGELES reports, "Child molestation accusations against JACKSON, for which he was acquitted after a trial, and evidence of his drug addiction will likely be presented by AEG LIVE’s lawyers as they argue that the company had no liability in his death."
"I don’t know how you can’t look to Mr. JACKSON’s responsibility there," AEG lawyer MARVIN PUTNAM told the station. "He was a grown man."
PUTNAM was interviewed for a CNN documentary that will air FRIDAY, APRIL 5th at 10p, and told the report, "Mr. JACKSON is a person who was known to doctor shop. He was known to be someone who would tell one doctor one thing and another doctor something else." PUTNAM added the child molestation trial is relevant because it "resulted in an incredible increase in his drug intake."
JACKSON’s mother, KATHERINE, along with his children PRINCE, PARIS and BLANKET have hired lawyers who will argue that AEG is liable because the company hired and supervised Dr. CONRAD MURRAY, who gave JACKSON a surgical anesthetic in a fatal effort to treat the singer’s insomnia as he prepared for the comeback concerts.
MURRAY is serving a prison sentence after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter.