AEG exec called Michael Jackson 'freak' before signing

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http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/23/showbiz/jackson-death-trial/index.html


Los Angeles (CNN) -- A top AEG executive referred to Michael Jackson as "a freak" and another called him "creepy" just hours before their company signed the pop icon to a huge concert deal.

The revelation brought an audible gasp in the Los Angeles courtroom at the wrongful death trial Wednesday and left fans crying.

Jackson's mother and children are suing AEG Live for the negligent hiring, retention or supervision of Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death.

Katherine Jackson watched from the front row as her lawyer questioned AEG Live Senior Vice President and General Counsel Shawn Trell about an e-mail exchange with his boss at parent company AEG.

"Is it the policy of AEG to talk in derogatory terms about the artist you're going to do business with?" Jackson lawyer Brian Panish asked.

"No," Trell answered.

Panish then showed jurors an e-mail Trell sent on January 28, 2009, to Ted Fikre, AEG's chief legal officer, letting him know he was about to go to Jackson's home for the signing of the contract for his "This Is It" concert tour.

"Does that mean you get to meet the freak?" Fikre replied.

Trell responded: "Apparently. Not sure how I feel about that. Interesting for sure, but kind of creepy."

The e-mail exchange happened less than four hours before Trell and other AEG excutives visited Jackson's Los Angeles home.

"This is a man you hoped to make millions and millions of dollars from?" Panish asked Trell. "Didn't your mom ever say if you don't have anything good to to say about someone don't say anything?"

Trell earlier testified that he was excited to meet Jackson for the first time and was impressed with his "good, firm handshake."

"I may not have necessarily agreed with some of the life choice Michael Jackson made but I certainly had enormous respect for him as an entertainer."

A dry review

Most of Wednesday's session was a dry review of Jackson and Dr. Murray's contracts as AEG Live's defense team worked to convince jurors that Murray was not hired by the concert promoter. Jackson chose, hired and supervised the doctor, they contend.

Murray signed his contract the day before Jackson's June 25, 2009, death, but AEG executives and Jackson never put their signatures on it. Jackson lawyers, however, argue he was already working for two months based on an oral contract.

The Jackson lawsuit contends that AEG Live executives ignored red flags that should have warned them Jackson was in danger from Murray's treatment.

The coroner ruled that Jackson died from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol, which Murray told police he was using to treat the singer's insomnia.
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Reminds me of Ghosts where mayor was insulting him like that.
"I'm invincible, I've been through it all. You can't hurt me. Knock me down, I get back up." –Michael Jackson

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I would have loved to have been able to go to one of his concerts....or even had the privilege to meet him....

Yet some of the people who have had the opportunity to meet and work with MJ were so mean and ugly to him.  :(


...funny how Trell tried to "clean it up" at the end;

 "I may not have necessarily agreed with some of the life choice Michael Jackson made but I certainly had enormous respect for him as an entertainer."


...hmpfh! :icon_evil:


....they never deserved you MJ.
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Bad peoples, really bad peoples ....  :smiley_abuv:  :icon_eek: :icon_mad:
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anyway how dare they talk about him like that.   >:(
Michael will kick their a$$es and if he won't, WE WILL.
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Anthony McCartney ‏@mccartneyAP 22 Mag
Panish to Trell: "This is the kind of respect that your lawyer shows to this artist, referring to him as a freak?"



                                              :th_bravo:


https://twitter.com/mccartneyAP
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The men of the world could learn so much from MJ, if they want women at their feet. He's at such a high level that they haven't got a clue what's he about--creating magic and changing the world!

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Sadly I am sure this is the case for most artists in the industry. They are all nothing but a meal ticket to the powers that be, this is one of the reasons Michael Faked his death, for bs like this. who could blame him, I would not want to work with people who do not respect me.


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The men of the world could learn so much from MJ, if they want women at their feet. He's at such a high level that they haven't got a clue what's he about--creating magic and changing the world!

Wonderful words MJonmind  :bearhug: :bearhug: greatest !!!!!
             

                             


               
 
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Reminds me of Ghosts where mayor was insulting him like that.

anyway how dare they talk about him like that.   >:(
Michael will kick their a$$es and if he won't, WE WILL.

Agreeed!  :icon_evil: >:(


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Hi there, beautiful hoax family! Katie here :)
Well, I couldn't agree more!
Your words are so true, MJonmind, u cannot imagine how often I thought about that, that every man could learn so much from Michael!
And your Akon quote, Blankie... wow!
No wonder Dr. Wayne Dyer called Mike a "transcendent human being" and "the man with the heart as big as the sky". Those words are still imprinted in my heart...:)
And yes Loveyoumore, we're gonna defend Michael to the bone, that's for sure!  :-* :bearhug:
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just want to throw this out there , may have absolutely no  relevance but while frank deleo was in the hospital randy jackson refered to him as freak .
"I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be shrewd as serpents and as innocent as doves."  




Why not just tell people I'm an alien from Mars? Tell them I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight. They'll believe anything you say, because you're a reporter. But if I, Michael Jackson, were to say, "I'm an alien from Mars and I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight," people would say, "Oh, man, that Michael Jackson is nuts. He's cracked up. You can't believe a single word that comes out of his mouth."

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Frank stayed 3 months in Los Angeles during MJ's 2005 trial, just to support him and MJ said he was the only one of 9 managers he'd had since Dileo who had supported him or even phoned.  http://floacist.wordpress.com/2007/11/21/hit-man-frank-dileo