Joe Jackson’s better half filed a lawsuit in LA yesterday against promoters AEG Live for failing to take care of her baby boy MJ as he prepared for their tour. Ms. Katherine’s lawsuit – also filed on behalf of Michael’s three kids – claims AEG promised to provide life saving equipment and a doctor to make sure the King of Pop stayed healthy as he got ready for his This Is It concert series in London.
“AEG’s representations to Jackson were false because in reality AEG was merely doing whatever it took to make sure that Michael Jackson could make it to rehearsals and shows and AEG did not provide a doctor who was truly looking out for Jackson’s well-being and did not provide equipment,” the lawsuit stated.
An AEG rep says he hasn’t seen the suit yet, but if it exists, Ms. Katherine’s barking up the wrong tree. He says at the time of Michael’s death, he hadn’t officially agreed to the agreement she says they broke.
AEG Live President and CEO Randy Phillips said after Jackson’s June 2009 death that Murray was enlisted to act as Jackson’s personal physician and was to be paid $150,000 a month by AEG Live as the singer prepared for the concerts.
Jackson, however, died before signing the agreement. As a result, Phillips said it was not binding.
Still, the new lawsuit says agreement or not, Dr. Murray was AEG’s employee.
The suit also said AEG Live was responsible for the actions of Murray in the care of Jackson. Murray, however, was not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
“At the time of his death, Michael Jackson was under the immediate care of a doctor selected by, hired by, and controlled by AEG; indeed AEG demanded and required that Michael Jackson be treated by this particular doctor to ensure that Michael Jackson would attend all rehearsals and shows on the tour,” the complaint stated.
Between this, Joe Jackson’s wrongful death suit and his January trial, what is 2011 really looking like for Conrad “Murder” Murray?