"I Saw A Michael That Frightened Me": Director Kenny Ortega Breaks Down During Michael Jackson Death Trial
Kenny Ortega, director of the late pop star Michael Jackson's planned come-back shows, has told of his observations of the singer in the time leading to his death.
On the third day of evidence in the Jackson family's current case against AEG Live (the 'This Is It' concert promoters), Kenny Ortega stepped up to testify that Jackson seemed unhealthy and improperly cared for in his final days. AEG are being sued by Jackson's mother, Katherine, for up to $40 billion (£26.5bn) after she accused the company of not properly investigating Dr. Conrad Murray - who in 2009 was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after administering Jackson with a lethal overdose of the anaesthetic Propofol - as well as missing warning signs of his failing health in the run-up to his 50-date comeback residency at London's O2 Arena, according to BBC News.
'This Is It' Director Kenny Ortega Broke Down In Tears As He Testified In Jackson Death Trial.
A tearful Ortega told of how on several occasions, "a Michael that frightened [him]" appeared to be under the influence of a substance during rehearsals with strange behaviour that would culminate in a visit to the doctor. The director spoke of one occasion in particular, six days before Jackson's death, when he saw that the performer was "cold, shivering and seemed lost," prompting the director/choreographer to email the CEO of AEG Live and inform them of Jackson's condition, advising them to source proper care for the "lost boy." The next day, Ortega and CEO Randy Phillips had a meeting with Dr. Murray who assured them that Jackson was capable of rehearsing.
Michael Jackson Had Been Rehearsing For His 'This Is It' Shows At The Time Of His Death.
'Thriller' star Jackson was given the anaesthetic drug Propofol by Dr. Murray as a sleep aid during his busy rehearsal schedule but AEG Live have denied that they had any knowledge of the drug being administered and have denied any wrongdoing with regards to The King of Pop's death. The trial is currently in its eleventh week and is expected to run until the end of July.