Randy Phillips, the AEG Live chief executive officer, insists they bore no liability in MJ’s death, claiming accusations that AEG hired disgraced Dr. Conrad Murray and failed to do a background check on him was an attempt made by Katherine Jackson to extort money from the company.
During the trial, Phillips was also confronted with content from emails he wrote which, essentially, flew in the face of AEG’s defense that legal or financial checks on Murray were unnecessary, because the doctor was personally hired by the late King of Pop.
In one email, Phillips told Kenny Ortega not to worry after the director voiced his concerns over MJ’s frail condition.
“I had a lengthy conversation with Dr. Murray, who I am gaining immense respect for as I get to deal with him more. He said that Michael is not only physically equipped to perform and, that discouraging him to, will hasten his decline instead of stopping it,” Phillips said in his email. “This doctor is extremely successful (we check everyone out) and does not need this gig so he [is] totally unbiased and ethical.”
Phillips continued, “I wrote it in the e-mail that I thought at the time he had been checked out,” he claimed, adding he said Murray was successful “because that’s what I was told.” “In retrospect, it’s not 100% true,” the executive uttered. “There’s what I thought at the time versus what I learned afterwards.”
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