AEG didn’t think they’d need to vet Conrad Murray for Michael Jackson
THE death of Michael Jackson made for an unbelievable night, mainly because it happened during the Glastonbury Festival where rumours of celebrity deaths always take off, usually unfounded. Alas, it transpired that the most famous man on the planet had indeed died, and no-one knew whether to celebrate Jackson’s incredibly body of music or make jokes about where he might like to stick his dick.
The fallout of his death saw a mystifying funeral/concert, various grabs for MJ’s fortunes and, of course, a baying mob for Conrad Murray after he medicined Michael Jackson into the choir invisible.
Concerning the latter, a wrongful death trial emerged and now, entering its sixth week, more questions are being asked while the rest of the world tells Michael Jackson fans that they’re just going to have to accept that The King Of Pop didn’t really make any good records after ‘Dangerous’ and that’s okay.
But who is to blame for his death? 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.
Gongaware told jurors that it was Jackson himself who chose Murray to be his personal doctor and that checks weren’t done because, presumably like all other huge shows he’s financed; “it wasn’t my place to say who his doctor was going to be. It was his decision. I didn’t see the need for it.”
Most adults are capable of looking after themselves, so why would AEG make special dispensation for Michael Jackson?
Even though Murray had several financial problems when he took the offer, Gongaware said, “I just expect doctors to be ethical. Their financial side of their life shouldn’t affect their medical judgment.”
Gongaware also testified that he wasn’t aware of Jackson’s propofol use. And how could he? No-one had even heard of the word before Michael Jackson’s death.
That won’t stop Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, suing AEG for allegedly ignoring her son’s health and failing to properly investigate Murray. Maybe Katherine Jackson is projecting some of her own feelings of guilt on AEG, as she wasn’t exactly aware of Michael’s problems when he was alive.
Just a thought.