Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine, is suing concert promoter AEG Live for alleged fraud and negligence and other claims related to the hitmaker’s death.
In the complaint, filed in Los Angeles today, Katherine claims AEG – who was behind MJ’s string of planned comeback concerts – failed to honour its agreement to provide Dr. Conrad Murray with lifesaving equipment.
Katherine also claims that AEG was negligent when it hired Murray and failed to check his background before hiring him as MJ’s personal physician.
Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death.
The suit says AEG Live is liable for Murray’s actions, and accuses them of negligent infliction of emotional distress on MJ’s son, Prince.
“During the course of Michael Jackson being injured and dying, his son Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. witnessed his father suffering, and accordingly has suffered great trauma and severe emotional distress,” the lawsuit says.
Katherine, who is also suing on behalf of MJ’s three children, is seeking unspecified damages.
Update: The lawsuit also accuses AEG of “allegedly strong-arming the singer into poor medical care and imposing a grueling rehearsal schedule that led to his death,” reports People.
According to People, the lawsuit states that MJ was “shivering and disoriented in the warm Staples Center [where he was rehearsing], the lawsuit alleges, and would soon be dead from an acute level of the powerful anesthesia Propofol.”
“AEG had legal duties to Michael Jackson to treat him safely and to not put him in harm’s way,” says the lawsuit. “But AEG, despite its knowledge of Michael Jackson’s physical condition, breached those duties by putting its desire for massive profits from the tour over the health and safety of Michael Jackson.”
The lawsuit adds: “Due AEG’s actions and inactions, three loving children lost their father, a loving mother and father lost their son, the Jackson siblings lost their brother, and the world lost its most celebrated entertainer.”
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