Evidence relating to Michael Jackson’s state of health has been played at the civil trial brought by Jackson’s mother against AEG Live, where his manager called the singer’s doctor, Conrad Smith, imploring him to carry out blood tests.
Frank DeLeo left the message where he said “I’m sure you’re aware he had an episode last night . . He’s sick … We gotta see what he’s doing.”
The episode referredt o occurred on the same day Michael Jackson was told by the director of his world wide comeback tour “This Is It” to go home because of his condition, which had the singer both pale and shivering.
The Plaintiff’s lawyer Brian Panish explained outside court about the episode, suggesting that if DeLeo knew about the health episode affecting Jackson then AEG executives must have also know.
The massive damages lawsuit claims that AEG did not properly investigage Conrad Murray, who has subequently been convicted of involuntary manslaughter following the administering of the anesthetic propofol.
The court also heard from Richard Senneff, a paramedic and firefighter who explained recounted on Tuesday the strenous efforts to save Jackson at his home and in an ambulance that took the singer to hospital in 2008.
The hearing, which commenced after Monday’s opening arguments from lawyers from both sides, began the lengthy civil trial involving the lawsuit from Jackson’s family, lead by his mother.
Jackson died at the age of 50 in the course of preparing for the AEG-arranged tour.
Senneff repeated testimony he gave in the Conrad Murray trial by describing how he initially thought Jackson was perhaps a hospice patient.
“He looked like someone who was at the end stage of a long disease process,” he said. Jackson was not breathing and appeared to be dead when paramedics arrived, said Senneff.
Brian Panish, the lawyer representing the Jackson family, said on Monday that AEG executives were “ruthless guys” who ignored Jackson’s health problems and pressured Murray so the company could overtake its competitor, Live Nation, as the US’s biggest concert promoter. “They wanted to be number one at all costs.”
Murray’s already bad reputation took a further mauling from an LAPD detective, Orlando Martinez, who investigated Jackson’s death, when he testified after Senneff and who referred to the doctor’s financial problems.