Katherine Jackson and her grandchildren’s lawsuit against AEG is now close to reaching its verdict.
The Los Angeles court on Monday acquitted the two AEG executives against whom late singer Michael Jackson’s mother and children had filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
In what was a major ruling for the case, judge Yvette Palazuelos dismissed Katherine Jackson’s accusation that AEG chief executive Randy Phillips and promoter Paul Gongaware had played any part in the recruitment of MJ’s personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray, whose medical malpractice contributed to the King of Pop’s death. It leaves AEG Live as the sole defendants in the case, which is now close to getting its final verdict.
Explaining the reason behind her decision, judge Palazuelos said that the plaintiffs’ attorney were unable to provide supporting evidence to their claim, according to which, the two executives had controlled, directed or perpetrated the "Thriller" crooner’s drug usage.
AEG’s primary counsel Marvin Putnam regarded the court’s decision as ‘a huge victory for Phillips and Gongaware,’ whose repute, he claims, have been tarnished ‘without any basis whatsoever.’ The company’s official stance on the subject remains that MJ himself was responsible for hiring Murray.
It is pertinent to mention here that Gongaware did send an email to his fellow AEG executives, in which he implied that Murray should look after the company’s interests instead of MJ’s. "We want to remind [Murray] that it is AEG, not MJ who is paying his salary," an excerpt from the email read.
Despite what the content of that email message suggest, AEG are adamant that they simply facilitated Murray’s hiring and were never directly his employers.