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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 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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June 25, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
The director of Stanford University's sports medicine program testified Monday that Michael Jackson's doctor for his “This Is It” concert series, who administered a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol to the singer, had conflicts of interest with the tour promoter that “were likely to lead to poor medical decisions.” Testifying in the wrongful death case brought by Jackson's mother and children against promoter and producer AEG Live and...
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May 21, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Michael Jackson tour director Kenny Ortega wrote in an email to the president and chief executive of AEG Live that the singer "could have hurt himself," according to court testimony. The email, in which Ortega said the singer was in frail mental health, was shown to the jury Monday. It was sent to Randy Phillips, head of the company promoting Jackson's London concerts, five days before Jackson died in 2009. Ortega wrote "trouble at the front" in the email's subject line. "There are strong signs of paranoia, anxiety and obsessive-like behavior," Ortega wrote.
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July 13, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Michael Jackson, or at least a statue of the late entertainer, was on reporters' minds Saturday when Shad Khan, an American who owns the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, was introduced as the new owner of Fulham, a soccer club in the venerable English Premier League. That's right, the British tabloid influence was in full force at the proceedings, or so it seemed. Except one problem, the previous owner of Fulham, Mohamed Al Fayed, is a staunch supporter of Jackson. Khan reportedly was taken aback by a question regarding whether the statue would be removed from the grounds of the team's Crave Cottage Stadium in London.
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May 21, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
A lawyer for Michael Jackson's family said they offered to settle their wrongful-death suit against concert promoter Anschutz Entertainment Group, but that they never got an answer. Kevin Boyle, an attorney for Jackson's mother and three children, said the family made the offers in January and March. Boyle would not provide details but said AEG's insurance would have paid, “which means they could have settled the case without them paying a dime of their money.”   FULL COVERAGE: AEG wrongful death trial He said AEG has never offered to settle “and they haven't apologized.” Marvin Putnam, an attorney for AEG, said it was inappropriate to discuss settlement discussions.
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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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