Jury: AEG Live Not Responsible For Michael Jackson's Death
October 3, 2013
A jury ruled on Wednesday that concert promoter AEG Live was not responsible for the 2009 death of Michael Jackson, ending a high-profile, five-month trial. Jackson's family had sued AEG, which promoted his impending comeback This Is It concerts in London, seeking at least $1.5 billion in damages. Jackson's mother Katherine accused AEG of negligence for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray, the man who was attending to the Pop superstar when he died.
Following four days of deliberation, the jury agreed that while AEG was responsible for hiring Murray (who is currently imprisoned), but rejected the Jackson family's claim that Murray was not competent enough to treat the singer.
AEG 's lawyer released a statement to The New York Times, saying the ruling confirmed "what we have known from the start — that although Michael Jackson’s death was a terrible tragedy, it was not a tragedy of AEG Live’s making."