The chief of AEG Live the concert promoters admitted in a Los Angeles courtroom that he believes the law suit filed by Katherine Jackson, the mother of the late Michael Jackson, is an attempt at baseless extortion.
Mrs. Jackson is claiming that the promoters of concerts failed to sufficiently investigate her son’s doctor who later was convicted in the death of her son in 2009.
Jackson is suing the concert promoters for $40 million, but Randy Phillips the chief of AEG says the promoter does not bear any responsibility for the death of Jackson.
When Phillips was asked by the lawyer of Katherine Jackson on Tuesday whether he considered the case to be a shakedown of his company and baseless extortion he answered yes.
He likely will face questioning about the many emails he both sent and received about the health of Michael Jackson during the singer’s final weeks, as well as the interactions with Conrad Murray the physician who was taking care of Michael Jackson prior to his death and who was later convicted of causing his death.
AEG Live says it had no responsibility in the hiring or supervising of the physician and called the lawsuit preposterous. AEG denies it hired Murray and agreed to pay the doctor’s fee as part of an advance to the singer.
Murray entered into an agreement to be the doctor for the pop start for $150,000 per month while Jackson was performing shows in 2009 into early 2010 at the O2 Arena in London.
Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in 2011. The current civil trial has already had six weeks of testimony.