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June 7, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
At the same time people involved in rehearsals for Michael Jackson's London concerts were saying he needed therapy, his business manager was asking the concert promoter for a $1 million advance for the cash-strapped singer and the chief executive of AEG Live thought Jackson might be preparing to breach his contract by not rehearsing. There already were worries that Jackson was missing rehearsals for his 50 concerts in London, when, on  June 19, 2009, six days before he died, Jackson was too weak to perform.
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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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September 19, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
A close friend and doctor who treated Michael Jackson for more than 25 years testified Thursday that the desperate singer asked him for an anesthetic to combat his insomnia a little more than two months before his death. Dr. Allen Metzger, who had accompanied Jackson on a tour of Australia in the 1990s, said Jackson seemed more stressed than usual when he made a house call to the singer's rented Holmby Hills mansion. “The stress of rehearsing, and 'Can I do 50 shows?' was really weighing heavily on him,” said Metzger, who is expected to be one of the final witnesses in the five-month wrongful-death trial.
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May 17, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
A professional concert tour director testified Friday in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial that a doctor's demand for $5 million to serve as the singer's tour physician "raised a red flag. " Marty Hom, who has spent 25 to 30 years as a tour director and tour manager, said that Dr. Conrad Murray's original demand was "outrageous. " Murray, a cardiologist who closed his practice to serve Jackson, eventually agreed to work for $150,000 a month. Hom, who testified as an expert witness, also said he would never tell a director he had checked out a doctor if he hadn't, a reference to claims by the Jackson family about an AEG executive.
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June 26, 2009 | Booth Moore, FASHION CRITIC
Wearing one glove, Michael Jackson reached into the pop culture zeitgeist and influenced an entire generation, giving pieces as simple as military badges and a fedora an imprint that, for a time, was as powerful as his music. At the height of his career in the mid-1980s, he was a fresh representation of how a male pop singer could look, with his perfectly chiseled face, long curls, white T-shirt, black pegged pants, white ankle socks and black loafers.
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June 27, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
In an attempt to give his kids a chance at a normal childhood, pop singer Michael Jackson had his kids wear masks when they were in public with him so they wouldn't be recognized, Prince Jackson testified Wednesday. During 90 minutes of testimony in a wrongful death suit filed by his grandmother and siblings against AEG, Prince Jackson, the pop star's eldest child, revealed details of his life, which were closely guarded while his father was alive.   Prince Jackson said he would spend six days in school, either with his father or a tutor, learning about other cultures and religions.
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May 7, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Personal details about Michael Jackson were revealed Monday during his family's lawsuit against entertainment giant AEG. Christopher Rogers, the Los Angeles County deputy medical examiner, testified Monday that the 5-foot-9 Jackson weighed only 136 pounds at the time of his death and that X-rays showed he suffered from arthritis in his lower spine and fingers. FULL COVERAGE: AEG wrongful death trial In addition, he had a pink tattoo on his lips and dark tattoos on his eyebrows and on the top front of his head.
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