LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The head choreographer for Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” tour testified Tuesday that he did not have any doubt about Jackson’s ability to perform in the days before his death, but that the singer was not in great shape and at one point appeared to be on drugs.
Travis Payne was called by the defense in the wrongful death case against tour promoter AEG. Katherine Jackson has sued AEG for negligently hiring Dr. Conrad Murray, who remains jailed for involuntary manslaughter. AEG denies the allegations.
Payne was asked about Jackson’s physical condition at the last two rehearsals for the tour, held several days before his death.
“I thought he was on his way to the goals he had set for himself,” said Payne.
Asked if Payne had any doubt about Jackson’s ability to perform as of those nights, Payne said no.