Who’s to Blame? AEG Wanted MJ Healthy, Happy

"Michael Jackson's Star," @ 2009 Julie London, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

“Michael Jackson’s Star,” @ 2009 Julie London, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

The basics of this are that MJ’s family sued AEG for hiring the doctor who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael’s death because the family considered AEG negligent for hiring a doctor they should have known was trouble. AEG had said that Jackson chose Murray, but the jury disagreed: They decided that AEG had in fact hired the doctor, but that AEG wasn’t negligent in doing so.

If you recall, the tour that would have been sold faster than just about any live event in the history of the world all came to tragedy when Michael died. AEG refunded $100,000,000 in tickets sold and put $30,000,000 into production costs on a show that never happened.

In other words, they had every incentive to keep Michael healthy, but also every incentive to keep Michael happy. Somewhere in the awkward dynamic of promoter and star, things went badly awry.

Read more at ABC News: AEG Live Not Liable for Michael Jackson’s Death, Jury Rules.

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