London Promoter Emails Show Concern for Michael Jackson
So much has been said about Michael Jackson’s condition during the time when he was preparing to embark on his This is It tour. While some sources say he was upbeat and footage does, indeed, show the late singer dancing and rehearsing, others say that his behavior was erratic and that he appeared anxious about being back in the spotlight.
As they prepared for his 2009 comeback, emails show that promoters were starting to question the star’s stability. This we know because of the more than 250 pages of messages between the executives that the Los Angeles Times has obtained and shared.
The content of the emails is shocking. Sad and really just shocking. Not necessarily because of how they describe Jackson (although, one guy called the King of Pop “an emotionally paralyzed mess” just hours before the press conference) but because they clearly knew something was wrong with him and they continued to push anyway.
Some excerpts include:
“MJ is locked in his room drunk and despondent. I (am) trying to sober him up.”
“He is scared to death.”
After Jackson arrived for the press conference, 90 minutes late, many of the reporters (and there were 350 of them) described his behavior as being odd and disjointed.
There are two lawsuits pending for next year and the emails will likely be an important part of the evidence used to argue that the promoter, AEG, knew Jackson was not well and that they faked his health and readiness in order to get insurance. The other lawsuit alleges that promoters pressured Jackson to go through with the 50-date tour even though they could tell he was not emotionally or physically able.
Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009.
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