The promoter of the King of Pop's 2009 comeback concerts describes the artist as 'an emotionally paralyzed mess who was scared to death.'
A series of confidential AEG emails to and from Randy Phillips and Tim Leiweke has emerged lately regarding the condition of Michael Jackson during the time he was rehearsing for and promoting his comeback concert "This Is It". The promoters expressed doubts as to whether the artist could pull off the shows.
This series of emails, which consisted of at least 250 pages, was a part of the discovery for a lawsuit between the insurance company that backed the concert series and AEG. In one of the said emails, Phillips wrote, "MJ is locked in his room drunk and despondent," to which Leiweke replied, "Are you kidding me?"
The conversation then moved forward to Phillips describing the current state of the late King of Pop. "I screamed at him so loud the walls are shaking," he claimed. He continued the email by saying, "He is an emotionally paralyzed mess riddled with self loathing and doubt now that it is show time." He added, "He is scared to death."
Although the executives of the AEG showed doubts, they still publicly projected high confidence in the musician's ability to wrap the shows with nothing but quality performances. "The man is very sane, the man is very focused, the man is very healthy," Leiweke stated one day before the conference.
However, according to the emails that Phillips sent to Leiweke, the "Thriller" superstar was intoxicated and refused to leave his room on the day of the press conference. To get the event held as scheduled, Phillips and MJ's manager had to dress the singer up.
The lawyers of AEG, however, denied that the company did something wrong. They further stated that the messages were leaked in out-of-context excepts that were aimed to portray AEG in a negative way.
AEG attorney Marvin Putnam said in an interview that it was expected for people who worked in the creative arts industry to be involved and to work with individuals who had great problems. "Michael Jackson was an adult and ... it is supercilious to say he was unable to take care of his own affairs," he insisted.
If the insurance company proves that AEG decided to go on with the concert even though they had known that the King of Pop was not well, the insurance company can easily nullify the $17.5 million policy that both parties signed.
MJ's death became even more controversial when his physician, Conrad Murray, admitted that he gave the artist 50 mg Propofol injection, which was followed by a drip almost every night for two months. Because Propofol should only be used in highly-monitored setting and never in a normal bedroom, what Murray did was considered as an egregious criminal negligence.
Murray was then sentenced to four years in prison which he is currently serving in the in L.A. County Jail. Murray was never paid by AEG for his service because MJ passed away before he signed his contract with the doctor.