Michael Jackson's wrongful death trial entered its sixth week on Monday, June 3. Paul Gongaware, the executive of AEG Live, took the witness stand and denied the accusation that suggested the company failed to do background check on Conrad Murray.
At the hearing, Gongaware told jurors that it was Jackson himself who chose Murray to be his personal doctor. Gongaware said he didn't investigate anyone who worked directly with the late singer. "It wasn't my place to say who his doctor was going to be," Gongaware said. "It was his decision. I didn't see the need for it."
Of the fact that Murray had several financial problems when he took the offer to take care of Jackson, Gongaware said, "I just expect doctors to be ethical. Their financial side of their life shouldn't affect their medical judgment."
Gongaware insisted that he didn't pay Murray. He said the doctor's salary would come from Jackson's "This Is It" earnings. The jurors then showed Gongaware several e-mails about Jackson's health that were sent less than a month before the singer's death.
Gongaware admitted he didn't respond to the warning, saying, "Our redemption will be when he does his shows. We don't have to sell tickets, so we can just sit back and prove them wrong by just doing it."
Last Friday, May 31, Gongaware testified that he wasn't aware of Jackson's propofol use. A lawyer for AEG Live, Marvin Putnam, defended his clients, "[AEG executives] were a concert promoter. How could they know?"
AEG Live is being sued by Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, for allegedly ignoring her son's health and failing to properly investigate Murray, the doctor who is convicted for killing Jackson by administering a lethal dose of propofol. Another AEG Executive, Randy Phillips, is expected to testify later this week.