LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A human resources specialist testified Monday that concert promoter AEG should have performed a background check on Michael Jackson’s doctor, whose indebtedness presented a potential conflict of interest.
Testifying in the wrongful death civil lawsuit against AEG, expert witness Jean Seawright told jurors that the promoter “did indeed fail to follow adequate hiring processes” when dealing with Dr. Conrad Murray.
The lawsuit contends AEG is liable for Jackson’s 2009 death because it hired, retained or supervised Dr. Conrad Murray while the singer was prepping for his “This Is It” tour. Jackson died in his sleep after Murray allegedly administered a deadly dose of propofol.
Seawright testified that a financial background check, which she said would have only cost AEG $10, would have shown that Dr. Murray was deeply in debt.
Under Murray’s contract with AEG, the doctor would no longer receive $150,000 each month in compensation if the tour stopped.
But KNX 1070’s Margaret Carrero reports that attorneys for AEG presented an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission policy that said credit checks should be avoided because they can be discriminatory to potential applicants.