LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The CEO of AEG Live offered conflicting testimony Wednesday about Michael Jackson’s demeanor as the family’s wrongful death suit against the firm continues.
AEG CEO Randy Phillips was called to the stand Wednesday by attorneys representing Katherine Jackson.
Phillips is the lead defendant in the case filed by the Jackson family, who claim AEG Live negligently hired and supervised the doctor who provided Jackson with the fatal dose of propofol that killed him while he was preparing for his comeback concert series in 2009.
By Phillps’ written account, in the hours leading up to the March 5, 2009 news conference when Michael Jackson announced his This Is It concert series at London’s O2 Arena, the star was drunk and despondent. By another account of Phillps’, he was just hungover.
KCAL9’s Randy Paige reports Jackson family lead attorney Brian Panish took issue with the conflicting statements after he called the executive to the stand.