Thursday, September 13, 2012
Concert promoter AEG is in the spotlight after confidential emails revealed their involvement in Michael Jackson's final days. The emails generally indicate that AEG demanded that the show go on despite their knowledge of Michael Jackson's weak state.
Katherine Jackson and other family members sued AEG, blaming them for controlling and failing to supervise Dr. Conrad Murray. AEG denies both accusations and assert that Murray was Jackson's personal physician and the only one responsible.
In response to the published emails, AEG claims that they do not paint a complete picture. AEG has gone even further to attack the Jackson family for leaking those emails to the media in spite of court orders prohibiting them from publicizing those court documents.
Katherine Jackson and her legal team deny publicizing the emails. Businessman Howard Mann, Katherine's business partner, claimed responsibility for disclosing the emails to media.
Ultimately, the judge who hears the case will decide whether there is enough evidence for the case to go to a jury...if it even makes it that far.
Just because AEG knew of Jackson's condition and encouraged him to perform anyways, they are not necessarily legally responsible. Dr. Murray was the central figure, assuring managers of AEG that Michael was able to perform. If the Jackson family can convince the judge that AEG was pushing Dr. Murray to get Jackson to perform at all costs, AEG could still be liable in part.
While AEG may escape liability in this lawsuit, they are likely in serious legal trouble with a $17.5 million lawsuit by insurer Lloyds of London. Lloyds of London issued an insurance policy to AEG to protect it in case Jackson could not perform and now they are claiming that AEG didn't fully disclose Jackson's medical condition when they took out the policy. These emails that have been revealed indicate that AEG knew more than disclosed to Lloyds.
See Danielle and Andy Mayoras, Is Promotor AEG Responsible For Michael Jackson's Death, Forbes, Sept. 10, 2012.
Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.