Michael Jackson - Jackson's Choreographer Testifies In Manslaughter Hearing
The choreographer behind MICHAEL JACKSON's This Is It comeback concerts has kicked off weeks of testimony in a preliminary hearing surrounding the King of Pop's death by recalling a furious row he had with the star's physician days before he died.
Dr. Conrad Murray has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and officials in California have begun proceedings which could result in a full trial.
Among the first witnesses to testify in Tuesday’s (04Jan11) hearing was Kenny Ortega, who helped Jackson stage what were to be his comeback shows in London.
He told the court that he sent an ailing Jackson home from rehearsals in Los Angeles just six days before he died - because the Thriller star seemed "lost".
Ortega said, "It was scary. I didn’t know what was wrong, but I knew there was something going on."
The following day, Ortega revealed he was summoned to a meeting at Jackson’s mansion with the singer, his manager, the concert promoter and Murray.
The choreographer told the court the doctor insisted Jackson was emotionally and physically strong enough to perform and scolded Ortega for sending him home.
He explained, "Dr. Murray told me that this was not my responsibility and asked me to not act like a doctor or psychologist."
Murray has pleaded not guilty to charges he administered the anaesthetic which killed Jackson.