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July 22, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Katherine Jackson testified Monday that her pop star son denied he was using prescription drugs when she asked him about rumors she had heard. Testifying for the second day in her family's wrongful-death suit against entertainment giant AEG Live, the family matriarch said the conversation occurred as she was getting ready to leave her son's house in Las Vegas, where Michael Jackson lived from 2006 to 2008. She said she told Michael that she had heard he was using prescription drugs and that she didn't want him to end up "like all the others.
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July 16, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
An accountant's projection that Michael Jackson would have made as much as $1.5 billion if he'd taken his doomed “This Is It” 260-show world tour was attacked sharply Tuesday by a defense attorney, who said the singer had never pulled off an engagement even half that long. "What you're projecting is totally inconsistent with Michael Jackson's history, isn't it?" asked attorney Sabrina Strong, one of the attorneys representing AEG Live, the entertainment titan that was producing what was to be Jackson's comeback tour in 2009.
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July 16, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
An accountant's projection that Michael Jackson would have made as much as $1.5 billion if he had taken his doomed "This Is It" concert on a 260-stop world tour was attacked sharply Tuesday by a defense attorney who said the singer had never pulled off an engagement even half that long. "What you're projecting is totally inconsistent with Michael Jackson's history, isn't it?" asked attorney Sabrina Strong, one of the attorneys representing AEG Live, the entertainment company that was producing what was to have been Jackson's comeback tour in 2009.
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July 10, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
The director of Michael Jackson's ill-fated "This Is It" concert series in London broke down on the witness stand Wednesday as he read an email he wrote five days before the singer died in which he described Jackson's deteriorating physical and mental condition and suggested the performer needed to see a therapist. The June 20, 2009, email from Kenny Ortega to Randy Phillips, chief executive of AEG Live, had been shown to the jury previously in the wrongful death case, but it never packed the emotional wallop of Ortega's reading.
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July 9, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Frustrated that Michael Jackson was not showing up for rehearsals just weeks before his London concert series was set to open, the tour director testified Tuesday that he had “serious concerns” whether the "This Is It" tour could go on. Kenny Ortega, testifying in the wrongful death suit that Jackson's mother and three children have brought against concert promoter and producer AEG Live, said he was worried “that all that we had worked for,...
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July 1, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Entertainment group AEG did not properly check Dr. Conrad Murray's background before bringing him on board for Michael Jackson's ill-fated “This Is It” tour, a human-resources consultant testified Monday. Jean Seawright, head of the Florida-based Seawright & Associates consulting group, said that based on her review of the case, AEG Live “did indeed fail to follow adequate hiring practices” in the selection of Murray, regardless if he was considered a company employee or independent contractor.
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July 1, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Same-sex couples weren't the only ones gathered Monday in West Hollywood, where many were celebrating the resumption of gay marriages in California. Chanel Ross, 23, and Jose Pascay Gomez, 21, arrived with their two children, 3-year-old Antonio and 7-month-old Monica. "We always wanted to get married," Ross said. "We thought this would be the perfect opportunity. " They had originally planned to marry later this month, and Ross already had her dress -- white with a purple sash.
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July 1, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster conducted his first same-sex marriage ceremony Monday afternoon since the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Proposition 8. “It was delightful and I was honored to do it, and I'm glad we now have the ability under California law to do that,” Foster said. The ceremony was held as hundreds of gay couples fanned across Los Angeles County for same-sex weddings, following the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to lift the stay on same-sex marriages.
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June 28, 2013 | By Kate Mathers
Michael Jackson's hairstylist, makeup artist and longtime friend testified Friday that she was concerned about the star's aggressive “This Is It” tour schedule, saying she worried it didn't give him enough time to “recuperate” between shows. Karen Faye returned to the witness stand in the wrongful death case between Jackson's family and entertainment giant AEG Live, seven weeks after she last testified. During cross examination from AEG attorney Marvin Putnam on Friday, Faye said she looked at the 2009 show dates.
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