We were told to expect some crazy evidence to surface once Michael Jackson's wrongful death trial began, but there's no way we could have prepared ourselves for this!
Emails and court documents have recently been released showing that the late King of Pop was planning on lip synching during his final shows for his This Is It tour!
Apparently he was in such bad shape at the time he was unable to sing and dance at the same time and needed the the help of a vocal track just to get through his performances!
Michael’s family claims this is proof that AEG was perfectly aware of his poor health and mental state, yet they continued to push him through the tour.
Other emails between AEG promoter Randy Phillips and AEG president Tim Leiweke show the two complaining about his horrible condition and how it was affecting rehearsals.
In one message, Randy talks about having to help a dazed Michael get dressed, saying:
“I screamed at him so loud the walls are shaking. He is an emotionally-paralyzed mess riddled with self-loathing and doubt now that it is show time.”
Unfortunately, this didn't come off as a red flag to either of them.
Even after Michael’s death, they seemed more concerned about making a profit, and in one email Randy writes:
“AEG will make a fortune from merch sales, ticket retention, the touring exhibition and the film/dvd.”
Ugh. It’s so disgusting to see people talk about making money in the wake of someone’s death, and sadly they seemed more annoyed than worried by the singer's deteriorating state.
Michael's family continues to say that AEG pushed him too hard and they should have seen his behavior as a warning that he was in no condition to be touring.
[Image via Tim Whitby/Getty Images.]
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