Michael Jackson’s Concert Company Not Responsible In Singer’s Death, Jury Rules

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The jurys decision completely vindicates AEG Live, confirming what we have known from the startthat although Michael Jacksons death was a terrible tragedy, it was not a tragedy of AEG Lives making, AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam said in a statement. AEG Live’s chief executive officer Randy Phillips also issued a statement: I counted Michael Jackson a creative partner and a friend. We lost one of the worlds greatest musical geniuses, but I am relieved and deeply grateful that the jury recognized that neither I, nor anyone else at AEG Live, played any part in Michaels tragic death. Jurors deliberated for almost three days before reaching the verdict. On Friday, the day deliberations began, the jurors asked for a DVD player and 12 copies of the 2009 documentary, “Michael Jackson’s This Is It,” which documents the singer’s preparation for the London tour he was planning at the time of his death. They also asked for a copy of the contract between AEG Live and Murray. The often-dramatic five-month trial included dozens of witnesses including the singer’s emotional mother declaring that her son was “not a freak” and revealed even more details about Michael Jackson’s troubled life. “They watched him waste away,” the 83-year-old matriarch testified. “They could have called me. He was asking for his father. My grandson told me that his daddy was nervous and scared.” Jackson died in Los Angeles on June 25, 2009, weeks before the start of the planned 50-date “This Is It” tour. His two eldest children testified at the trial, 16-year-old Michael Jackson Jr., known as “Prince,” who spoke about his relationship with his dad and the harrowing day he lost his father; and his sister, Paris, 15, who offered videotaped testimony. During closing arguments, Jackson family attorney Brian Panish told jurors that in addition to economic damages, AEG should pay personal damages of $85 million to each of Jacksons three children and $35 million to the singer’s mother. Although he didn’t suggest a specific amount for economic damages, Panish asked the jurors to remember that an expert witness testified that the King of Pop would have earned $1.2 billion to $1.6 billion from new music, tours, endorsements and a Las Vegas show he was considering if he had lived. Were not looking for sympathy, Panish said. Were looking for justice, full and complete. But in his closing argument, Putman denied that the concert promoter hired Murray and said AEG Live never had a contract with him and had no idea that Murray was giving Jackson the propofol that killed the star.

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I now remember how crazy my Australian fans are.” The reaction did not seem to bother Rihanna, who thanked the fans on Twitter, and hyped her next performance. #ADELAIDE Thank you so much!!! Rihanna is currently on the last stretch of her Diamonds World Tour, hitting cities in New Zealand, South Africa, and Puerto Rico, before wrapping in New Orleans on Nov. 15. Loading Slideshow Justin Bieber (2013) Location: Dubai What happened: A fan suddenly rushed the stage toward Justin Bieber as he played a grand piano, prompting security guards to dash after the person. The scene escalated as they halted the fan onstage, knocking the piano on its legs in the process. A young man claiming to be the overzealous fan called into Virgin Radio Dubai the following day, saying he only wanted to “hug him and maybe take a picture.” Danny Brown (2013) Location: Minneapolis What happened: Rapper Danny Brown invited female fans to join him onstage during a concert, and one used the opportunity to get a little closer than expected. The woman pulled down Broan’s pants and attempted to give him unsolicited oral sex while he continued to rap, although no official confirmation has emerged regarding the activity that took place between the two. Tim McGraw (2007) Location: Lafayette, La. What happened: A fan groped Tim McGraw’s crotch during a concert on his and wife Faith Hill’s headlining tour, prompting Mrs. McGraw to speak out about the incident when she took the stage. “Somebody needs to teach you some class, my friend,” she told the fan. “You don’t go grabbin’ somebody else’s, somebody’s husband’s [private parts], you understand me? That’s very disrespectful.” Limp Bizkit (2003) Location: Chicago What happened: While performing as part of Metallica’s Summer Sanitarium tour, Fred Durst and his colleagues were pummeled with bottles, spare change and chants of “f Fred Durst.” After half an hour, the band ended the show and unleashed an expletive-laden rant on the hostile crowd. Kings of Leon (2010) Location: St.

Kennedy Center’s lucky pre-shutdown timing: Makeover for concert hall, NSO black-tie gala

Live hired him, downplaying his health concerns and pushing him to work harder. The New York Times reported that Mrs. Jackson was seeking $1.5 billion in damages, but since the jury did not agree that Murray was unfit, the company, the second-largest in its industry, is not liable. The doctor is currently serving time in jail after he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter two years ago. Mrs. Jackson, 83, had argued that A.E.G. worked him down to his death, all in an effort to make money through his series of “This is It” comeback shows in the O2 Arena in London. Evidence from the 80 days of testimony included naked photos of Jackson’s corpse on the autopsy table, showing him as frail and weak, and emails from A.E.G. depicting him as a “freak.” Choreographer Alif Sankey testified that she begged the show director to intervene in his last days. “I kept saying that ‘Michael is dying, he’s dying, he’s leaving us, he needs to be put in a hospital,’ ” Sankey said. ” ‘Please do something.

(Margot Schulman) The Kennedy Center has an unusual relationship with the feds: The government pays for the building, grounds and upkeep; private donations pay for performances, staff and other programs, explained spokesman John Dow. The shutdown contingency plans allow concerts, shows and educational programs to continue, but tours will be suspended and the building closed until an hour before evening performances. Of the centers 1,200 full and part-time employees, about 50 are directly impacted by the government going out of business. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts chats with Kennedy Center chairman David Rubenstein at the gala. (Margot Schulman) Which gave the annual NSO gala a certain fin de siecle vibe: VIP patrons (including Justices John Roberts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy) in gowns and tuxedos, a post-performance dinner and dancing in a candlelit tent, music lovers clustered around cellist Yo-Yo Ma, organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter (steampunk classical in a mohawk, feathered Victorian cravat and rhinestone boots), and conductor Christoph Eschenbach. The gala, chaired by former General Dynamics president Jay Johnson and Sydney Johnson, raised $1.3 million for the NSOs educational programs. Oh, and Rubenstein has a proposal for those warring factions on the Hill. As all of you have heard, music can be beautiful, he said. It can soothe people and make them feel better. So wed like to invite all 535 members of Congress to come tomorrow for a concert. .