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Michael Jackson's Tour Director Breaks Down On The Stand!

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You know it's a sad day when you're asked to relive an even sadder one…

The tour director of the tragic This Is It production with Michael Jackson, Joey Ortega, burst into tears as he read from an email he sent out to AEG Live Chief Executive, Randy Philips, a mere five days before Jackson's untimely death.

Find out what Joey read to the jury of the AEG wrongful death case…AFTER THE JUMP!

“My concern is, now that we’ve brought the doctor in to the fold and have played the tough love, now or never card, is that the artist may be unable to rise to the occasion due to the real emotional stuff. He appeared quite weak and fatigued this evening. He had a terrible case of the chills, was trembling, ranting and obsessing.

Everything in me says he should be psychologically evaluated. If we have any chance at all to get him back in the light, it’s going to take a strong therapist to help him through this as well as immediate physical nurturing…Finally, it’s important for everyone to know, I believe that he really wants this. It would shatter him, break his heart if we pulled the plug.

He’s terribly frightened it’s all going to go away. He asked me repeatedly tonight if I was going to leave him. He was practically begging for my confidence. It broke my heart. He was like a lost boy. There still may be a chance he can rise to the occasion if we get him the help he needs.”

So sad.

Understandably, Joey had to take a 10 minute recess to compose himself, after reading aloud the email simply became too much for him. We don't blame ya Joey.

Joey wrote this email as a result of MJ's deterioration mentally and physically. The pop icon went from showing up to rehearsal randomly, to stopping to come for several days in a row. What really alarmed Joey was when MJ showed up to a costume fitting noticeably emaciated.

Members of the Jackson family are suing AEG Live for negligently employing and trying to control Conrad Murray, the doctor who inevitably gave the Thriller star a deadly dose of propofol.

Wow. Reading that email brings us back to that fateful day just over 4 years ago…

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9 comments to “Michael Jackson's Tour Director Breaks Down On The Stand!”

  1. JD says – reply to this


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    Kenny Ortega. Not Joey.

  2. LOL Troll says – reply to this


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    SMOKING GUN! Jacksons will win on this testimony alone!



  3. 3

    MJ was an adult, and the master of his own demise, but a doubt any responsibility will be attributed to him in this forum.



  4. 4

    as Jennifer said I am blown away that people able to make $9017 in a few weeks on the internet. did you see this web page Dub40.com

  5. b says – reply to this


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    I think you mean KENNY ORTEGA as the shows director, NOT Joey Ortega (The tattoo artist). Interns writing the posts again?

  6. aine says – reply to this


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    *Kenny*



  7. 7

    you can sue your employer form being a drug addict?

  8. @v@ says – reply to this


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    That is the email of a very evolved, astute and aware person who clearly had another's interest at heart. I believe it was the physician's sole ethical responsibility to guide PROPER treatment regardless of the fallout. Imagine if Michael had been told NO to the unsuitable and probably illegal knockout drug being used in the way it was, like he should have been; and the concert series ultimately fell through because he fell apart. That is a consequence; a check and balance, and could have finally been the guy's wake up call to get clean once and for all and come back and prove himself.

  9. @v@ says – reply to this


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    I don't quite understand the AEG blame connection. They were his employers, not his mother. They watched him while he was at work. Where was his adult family while all this was going on, and at home? Nowhere. Oh, right. They're in court now.