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They all knew about MJ’s true physical conditions at “This Is It” rehearsals….and they all LIED !

#MJFam The executor of Michael Jackson Estate, Branca, Randy Phillips, Frank DiLeo lying on CNN, mentioning Ortega….

Randy Philips slapped and screamed at Michael Jackson, pushing MJ in a corner and having a doctor performing malpractice on MJ.

Promoter: I slapped ‘despondent’ Michael Jackson

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They all knew about MJ’s true physical conditions at This Is It rehearsals….

Email on June 14, 2009 from Ortega to Gongaware: Paul, MJ did not have a good Friday and he didn’t show on Saturday.

Email cont’d: He is not in great physical shape. I believe he’s hurting. He has been slow at grabbing hold of the work. We have twenty days

Email on Jun 14, 2009 from Gongaware to Ortega: Frank and I have discussed it already and have requested a face-to-face meeting with doctor

Email ends: We want to remind him that it is AEG, not MJ who is paying his salary. We want him to understand what is expected of him.

Panish: Would it be fair to say as of June 14, 2009, you thought the show was in jeopardy? Ortega: Yes

Panish: You saw, at least 4 times, MJ come to rehearsal in a condition you’d describe as under the influence? Ortega: Yes

Ortega said Karen Faye, Travis Payne, Alif Sankey, assistants Stacy Walker and James Faris raised concerns about MJ’s physical condition.

Panish asked if Bearden was also concerned with MJ’s health. “He may have, yes,” Ortega responded. Bearden is brilliant, successful musician

Email On June 16 from Bearden to Ortega: Hey guys! on MJ’s lead vocal re-sings. I’m not sure if we’re going to get what we need in time.

Email cont’d: I’d like 2 try 2 get some alternate takes or un-processed leads from the vault if we can. I can go in with M Prince and re-mix

Email cont’d: the stuff we need on the 22nd (our proposed media day). I we can get everything we need from the vault I can use what we have

Email cont’d: and take out ad libs and such to try to make it feel new.

Ortega said MJ arrived at night to rehearse on June 19, probably in the evening around 9 o’clock.

“I saw a Michael that frightened me, a Michael that was shivering and cold,” Ortega said.

Ortega: He, I thought there was something emotionally going, on, deeply emotional, thought something physical going on. He was cold.

Panish: Troubling? Ortega: Very troubling As to his physical condition, Ortega said MJ was shivering, just seemed fragile.

Panish: Did it appear he had lost weight? Ortega: Yes

“I observed Michael like I had never seen him before,” Ortega said. It troubled me deeply, he appeared lost, cold, afraid.“

Ortega said MJ was coherent. “I think when he first came in he didn’t seem coherent, but when I started talking to him he became better.”

Ortega: He seemed to warm up and feel a little better, but he wasn’t well.

Panish: Did you feel something was wrong? Ortega: Yes. Not well enough to rehearse

Panish showed picture of MJ’s fitting on June 19th and asked if that’s how he always looked.

Panish: Is that how he always looked? Ortega: No P: What was different? O: His body, he looked very thin P: A little emaciated? O: Yes

Panish: Did you ever seen his like that before? Ortega: No

“I remember asking for food, I asked if MJ had eaten” Ortega recalled. “I remember calling the doctor, I was very upset and I was concerned”

Panish: Do you remember crying? Ortega: Yes

Panish: Were you crying because you were concerned with Michael? Ortega: Yes

P: Overreacting? O: No P: Being a drama queen? O: No P: Serious concern? O: Yes

Panish: Did you try to tell AEG there was a problem? Ortega: I believe you have records of it

Panish showed email chain “Trouble At The Front”. Ortega said he sent emails to AEG only when he thought it was absolutely necessary.

Email on 6/19/09 from John Hougdahl to Gongaware and Phillips Subject: Trouble at the front Paul/Randy I’m not being a drama queen here…

Email cont’d: Kenny asked me to notify you both. MJ was sent home without stepping foot on stage. He was a basket case

Email cont’d: and Kenny was concerned he would embarrass himself on stage, or worse yet – get hurt.

Email ends: The company is rehearsing right now, but the DOUBT is pervasive. Time to circle the wagons. Bugzee

Email from Randy Phillips to Tim Leiweke on 6/19/09 “We have a huge problem here.”

“I have watched him deteriorate in front of my eyes over the last 8 weeks. He was able to do multiple 360 spins back in April. He’d fall on his ass if he tried now,” production manager John “Bugzee” Houghdahl wrote in an e-mail to AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips on June 19, 2009.

Email from John Branca to Phillips, Gongaware, Joel Katz, Frank DiLeo, Michael Kane on 6/20/09 : “I have the right therapist/spiritual advisor/substance abuse counselor who could help (recently helped Mike Tyson get sober and paroled) Do we know whether there is a substance issue involved (perhaps better discussed on the phone).

Email from Ortega to Randy Phillips on 6/20/09: (chain of emails) : “I honestly don’t think he is ready for this based on his continued physical weakening and deepening emotional state”

Phillips replied: Tim and I are going to see him tomorrow, however, I am not sure what the problem is. Chemical or physiological?

From Gongaware to Phillips, on 6/20/09 at 5:59 am : Take the doctor with you. Why wasn’t he there last night? (ABC7)

From Phillips to Gongaware, on 6/20/09 at 2:01 pm : He is not a psychiatrist so I’m not sure how effective he can be at this point obviously, getting him there is not the issue. It is much deeper. (ABC7)

Ortega: I’m not a doctor, I just felt there was something going on, more than physical. My response was to have a professional evaluate him

Panish: And you had a real concern with Dr. Murray? Ortega: Yes

Panish asked if Ortega thought MJ was not being cared for. “Not at the level I’d expected Michael deserved,” he answered.

Ortega: I tried the doctor, who I thought it would be the most natural, and then reached out to AEG, Michael’s partners, for help

“He seems lost, not like the Michael I’d seen,” Ortega said. “I couldn’t see his body but his physical presence wasn’t what I had seen last”

Ortega said he believes his email was a strong suggestion that MJ needed to be seen by a doctor for his psychological condition.

Randy Phillips to Ortega: ‘There’s nothing to be afraid of, we are going to do this, This Is It.’ That’s the Michael I had allegiance to.

Phillips responded to Ortega that he not be an amateur psychiatrist. Ortega said that was not his intention.

Ortega said he does not know whether Dr. Murray was ever successful, unbiased and ethical. The director did not check the doctor out himself

Ortega didn’t think Dr. Murray was giving good care to MJ.

Panish: Do you think you were trying to sound an alarm? Ortega: Yes P: Raise a red flag? O: Yes

Panish: Were you trying to concern Mr. Phillips about this situation? Ortega: Yes P: Why? O: Because I was concerned

“I felt Michael was in trouble and needed help,” Ortega said.

Panish: If Phillips were more concerned about getting the show on the road rather than MJ, would that worry you?

Ortega: Yes, because they were talking about a person’s health, I was more concerned about Michael’s health than anything else at that time.

Phillips testified he thought Ortega was entrenched in the situation and not being open minded. Ortega disagreed with Phillips’ perception.

Ortega: I wanted it to be taken care of, whatever it was, I wanted it looked into and taken care of.

Panish: In all the time you knew MJ, did you ever see him in the condition he was on June 19th? Ortega: No

“I just wanted Michael to be ok,” Phillips said. He trusted both Phillips and Gongaware.

Panish: Do you know how you felt? Ortega: I was stressed P: Distraught? O: Yes

Gongaware told Ortega about the meeting on the 20th. Neither Phillips nor Dr. Murray ever told Ortega they spoke on the phone for 20 mins.

Meeting on the 20th was between Michael, Dr. Murray, Randy Phillips and myself. It happened at the parlor in the house.

Ortega said when he realized the meeting was about him, he stood up to express his feelings.

Ortega did not stay very long at that meeting. He estimates 10-15 minutes, definitely under a half an hour.

Ortega left by himself. The others stayed: Jackson, Dr. Murray and Phillips.

Ortega described the meeting as “accusatory.” Panish: Who was the one being accused? Ortega: Me P: Who was accusing you? O: Dr. Murray

Dr. Murray was upset with Ortega, the director said.

Panish: Did Phillips ever tell you that he had a phone conversation, for 20 minutes, on June 20th with Dr Murray? Ortega: Yes, through email

Ortega said all he’s familiar with is that Phillips had a lengthy conversation with Dr. Murray at some point.

Ortega said Dr. Murray was angry at him at the meeting, “I was shocked,” Ortega explained.

Ortega: I was shocked because what he was saying it wasn’t at all reflecting of what happened.

Ortega said he excused himself. Dr. Murray said MJ was fine and could handle all responsibilities for the show.

“I was flabbergasted! Because I didn’t believe that was possible,” Ortega testified, saying he felt hurt, insulted.

Panish: Did Michael stick up for you? Ortega: Yes

Ortega: He (Dr. Murray) was upset with me, and he said I had no right to not let MJ rehearse.

Ortega: Dr. Murray said MJ was physically and emotionally capable to handle all the responsibilities of the performance.

Ortega said Dr. Murray told him to stick with his job and to leave the doctor job to him.

Email on Jun 14, 2009 from Gongaware to Ortega: Frank and I have discussed it already and have requested a face-to-face meeting with doctor

Email from Gongaware: “We want to remind him that it’s AEG, not MJ, who is paying his salary.”

Phillips said “We want to remind Dr Murray that it’s AEG, not MJ, who is paying his salary. We want him 2 understand what’s expected of him”

Panish: And 5 days later Michael was dead

Ortega: Yes

Gongaware called Ortega from the hospital. “Our boy is gone,” Ortega said Gongaware told him.


 

AEG ‘s back-up plan in case of Michael Jackson’s death

On June 23 ,

Shawn Trell, senior vice president and general counsel for AEG, asked for an update on the availability of life insurance.

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“In the week leading up to Jackson’s death, those involved with the tour appeared to be contemplating damage control.”

On June 25, 2009,

Michael Jackson died

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On July 1, 2009

AEG submitted an insurance claim