Michael Jackson's Final Concert Plans Take Center Stage in Court
-- Jurors in a Los Angeles courtroom hearing a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Katherine Jackson against concert promoter AEG Live saw documents Wednesday that allege AEG planned a worldwide tour for Michael Jackson the year before he died. Although the King of Pop died before the launch of the This Is It tour, the documents prepared by AEG Live LLC envisioned a grueling 186-date tour for which Jackson would earn a little more than 130 million bucks.
The promoter's figure of 132 million dollars was far less than the 835 million dollars an accountant for the Jackson family claimed Michael could have made for 260 shows all over the world.
Billboard reports attorneys for Katherine Jackson accused AEG of planning a global tour in spite of Jackson's questionable health and his insistence that he'd only be performing in London.
Jackson died in June 2009, a month before the This Is It tour was to start, after his physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, administered a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol. Murray was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
Supporting the Jacksons' claims was recorded testimony from Jackson's daughter, Paris, who insisted her father told her he only intended to do 50 London shows, and after those was going to take the family on a trip around the world.
Katherine Jackson is suing AEG for 40 billion dollars, claiming it contributed to her son's death by hiring Dr. Murray.
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