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October 3, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
With Wednesday's verdict that concert promoter AEG Live was not liable in the death of Michael Jackson, the singer's road to artistic redemption can move forward -- minus the depressing personal details. The trial's revelations of the civil suit filed by Jackson's mother and three children featured toxicology reports, airing in public Jackson's many dependency issues, stuff that has little to do with the glory of "Rock with You. " Outside Neverland, the King of Pop was quite mortal.
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May 20, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Five days before he died, Michael Jackson was in such a sorry mental state that the director of his ill-fated “This Is It”  concert series said he needed a psychiatric evaluation. Kenny Ortega sent the June 20, 2009, email to Randy Phillips, president and chief executive of AEG Live, which was putting on the 50 London concerts. He wrote “trouble at the front” in the email's subject line.  “I honestly don't think he is ready for this based on the continued physical weakening and deepening emotional state,” Ortega wrote.
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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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October 28, 2013 | By Jill Cowan, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Conrad Murray , the doctor convicted in the death of pop star Michael Jackson , was released from Men's Central Jail at 12:01 a.m. Monday, authorities confirmed. Upon his release, Murray, who served two years behind bars for the 2011 involuntary-manslaughter conviction, eluded a waiting scrum of TV cameras and die-hard Jackson fans. The 60-year-old was sentenced to the maximum four-year term for his role in Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol , which the doctor had administered Under state sentencing rules, Murray was eligible for parole well in advance of the end of his sentences, but he has nonetheless has endured a long ordeal since Jackson's death, said his attorney Valerie Wass.
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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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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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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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