Michael Jackson civil case against concert promoters kicks off with opening statements in L.A. court

National Post | Arts

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson’s family and friends knew he was addicted to prescription medications, but the only ones who refused to acknowledge it were the promoters of his ill-fated final series of comeback concerts, an attorney for the singer’s mother told a jury on Monday.

Lawyer Brian Panish traced Jackson’s addiction in opening statements during the trial of a wrongful death lawsuit against concert giant AEG Live, telling jurors the company ignored numerous warning signs about the singer’s health in his final months.

The opening remarks included emails between AEG executives about Jackson’s health. Panish also played a clip of the singer performing days before his death in June 2009.

‘You’re going to hear the whole story about what happened in the death of Michael Jackson’

“You’re going to hear the whole story about what happened in the death of Michael Jackson,” the attorney said.

Jackson’s mother, brother Randy…

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