Thursday, September 16, 2010

Michael Jackson's Mother Sues Promoter AEG Live

Various news agencies reported this morning that Katherine Jackson, mother of Michael Jackson, has filed a lawsuit against AEG Live, the concert promoter that was handling the star's upcoming tour at the time of his death (also known as the big concert company that isn't Live Nation/Ticketmaster). The suit blames AEG for mismanaging Jackson's health and blames AEG for selecting Jackson's doctor at the time, Conrad Murray, who wasn't part of this suit, but has been already charged with involuntary manslaughter.

It's a pretty nasty development for what is one of music's great tragedies. The timing of the suit seems a bit late, 15 months after the Jackson's death, but it definitely encapsulates the truly sad state of his health last year. "Jackson was freezing cold" just days before his death and "confused, easily frightened, unable to remember, obsessive, and disoriented" in the months before.

I can't really see AEG settling with Katherine Jackson, but will either side have the stomach to take this in court? Hopefully such drama is avoidable.

Update: AEG is, unsurprisingly, denying the charges.

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