LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)— The Jackson family seeks billions from mega promoter AEG. The entertainment/sports conglomerate isn’t sitting idly by.
KCAL9’s Adrianna Weingold discussed the case — opening arguments begin Monday morning — with CBS2/KCAL9 Legal Analyst Steve Meister for a breakdown of both sides.
Is AEG responsible for the King of Pop’s death? It’s a question a jury will try to answer in the latest civil case stemming from Michael Jackson’s death.
Meister says, “Katherine Jackson’s main argument is that if AEG had taken better care of her son, he wouldn’t be dead. And AEG is going to say that Michael Jackson and [Dr.] Conrad Murray had a close relationship that of drug seeker and drug provider which was more powerful than AEG could ever do anything about.”
Katherine Jackson is seeking what could amount to billions of dollars from AEG . She claims AEG paid the bills for Dr. Murray and therefore should pay for her son’s death.
“Michael Jackson is a grown man and he was under the care of a doctor who he insisted care for him. Now AEG ultimately had knowledge of that relationship and acquiesced in it but it pre-existed Michael Jackson’s relationship with AEG,” maintains Meister.
But attorney Meister says he doesn’t think Katherine Jackson will ultimately walk away with anything. “If every performer under contract with AEG had a personal physician at the time, think about it, everybody, did AEG have a requirement to know what was happening between the doctor and patient in every one of those relationships? No. So why [would they have with] Michael Jackson?