. Promises to explore more legal options
The family of the late “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson has lost a negligence case against concert promoters AEG Live over the death of the musician.
The jury, made up of 6 men and 6 women concluded the doctor that looked after the late Jackson ahead of his concert tour was not unfit for his job and as such, AEG had not been negligent in hiring him.
It will be recalled that Michael Jackson died in June 2009 following an overdose of a surgical anaesthetic, administered by his physician; Dr Conrad Murray who was jailed for 4 years for involuntary manslaughter for administering the drug. Jackson had been rehearsing for a “comeback” concert when he passed on.
Before arriving at its conclusion, the jury went through 5 key yes-no questions through which it tried to establish whether AEG was responsible for hiring Murray as well as his competence for the job.
Though the jury eventually decided that AEG Live did hire Murray, it also found that he was not unfit or incompetent for the job.
The jury foreman, Gregg Barden who delivered the ruling said “That doesn’t mean we felt he was ethical.”
AEG Live had argued that Murray was hired on Jackson’s request and the organization had no knowledge of the pop star’s drug dependency.
The Jackson family had made suggestions that they were seeking damages that might exceed $ 1 billion.
Randy Phillips, AEG Live executive stated that “we lost one of the world’s greatest musical geniuses, but I am relieved and deeply grateful that the jury recognised that neither I, nor anyone else at AEG Live, played any part in Michael’s tragic death.”
Katherine, Michael Jackson’s 83-year-old mum was in court for the verdict. While making it known that the family was not happy with the verdict, her lawyer, Kevin Boyle, said “we will be exploring all options legally and factually and make a decision about anything at a later time.”