Joe Jackson Wants To Add AEG Live As Defendent In Murray Lawsuit
(CNS) Posted Thursday June 30, 2011 – 9:25am
Lawyers for Michael Jackson's father wants to add AEG Live as a defendant in his lawsuit alleging the actions of his son's former personal physician contributed to the singer's death.
Court papers filed this week by Joe Jackson's attorneys, Brian Oxman and Maureen Jaroscak, allege AEG Live was negligent in the hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray.
The singer's mother, Katherine Jackson, is suing the company in a separate lawsuit in which she alleges AEG Live is responsible for medical decisions made by Murray.
Lawyers for AEG have denied any wrongdoing by their client, which had organized the sold-out London concert tour for which the entertainer was preparing in Los Angeles at the time of his June 25, 2009, death.
Joe Jackson's amended complaint alleges AEG Live officials were unhappy with his son's absence from rehearsals and blamed it on him receiving drugs and medications from various physicians, including the singer's dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein.
The company then hired Murray, according to the amended suit.
Attorneys for Murray have agreed to the addition of AEG Live as a defendant, but still need the approval of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos, who has scheduled a hearing for Sept. 6.
Joe Jackson alleges Murray is liable for wrongful death in his son's death, which was death due to complications from an overdose of propofol.
He alleges Murray was negligent in administering propofol to the singer and that the physician did not tell paramedics that he gave his patient the drug.
Murray is awaiting trial in September on an involuntary manslaughter charge in the pop star's death.