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On Wednesday a lawsuit was filed by Michael Jackson's mother Katherine Jackson and his three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, against AEG Live for allegedly demanding an aggressive rehearsal schedule, which contributed to his failing health condition.
AEG Live were the concert promoters behind the late singer's highly anticipated 2009 comeback tour. The lawsuit reads: "AEG had legal duties to Michael Jackson to treat him safely and to not put him in harm's way. But AEG, despite its knowledge of Michael Jackson's physical condition, breached those duties by putting its desire for massive profits from the tour over the health and safety of Michael Jackson. Due to AEG's actions and inactions, three loving children lost their father, a loving mother and father lost their son, the Jackson siblings lost their brother, and the world lost its most celebrated entertainer."
The lawsuit also claims that Jackson was "shivering and disoriented in the warm Staples Center" towards the end of tour rehearsals. The king of pop died at the age of 50 soon after because of "an acute level of the powerful anesthesia Propofol." The Jackson family is also claiming that AEG Live not only breached their contract to provide the singer with proper physical care, but that they were neglectful in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray, who has also been charged with a wrongful death lawsuit by Joe Jackson.
Kenny Ortega, who produced the tour and directed This Is It (the concert movie chronicling Jackson's planned final tour) has been named as a defendant in the suit. According to TMZ.com, Brian J. Panish, the lawyer who filed the suit, released a statement that read: "The purpose of this lawsuit is to prove to the world the truth about what happened to Michael Jackson, once and for all."
CBS News reports that AEG Live has not yet seen the lawsuit and has not given an official comment. Previously, the company has stated that Jackson had passed away before signing an overall agreement with them, which would make the terms non-binding.
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