Jackson concert promoters call lawsuit "meritless"
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The promoters of a planned series of Michael Jackson comeback concerts said on Thursday a lawsuit holding them responsible for the singer's death was "inaccurate, unsubstantiated and meritless."
In its first comment on a wrongful death lawsuit filed on Wednesday by Jackson's mother, Katherine, and his children, AEG Live denied it had hired the singer's personal physician.
The civil lawsuit accused AEG Live of "putting its desire for massive profits" over the health and safety of the self-styled "King of Pop."
The lawsuit claimed privately held AEG was liable for the actions of Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, and had failed to provide proper life-saving equipment for the singer.
"The lawsuit is inaccurate, unsubstantiated and meritless. Dr. Murray was Mr. Jackson's longtime personal physician. AEG did not choose him, hire him or supervise him," AEG's lawyers
said in a statement.
"That said, and in honor of our professional relationship with Mr. Jackson and his Estate, we will have no further public statements," they added.
Jackson died of cardiac arrest at age 50 in Los Angeles in on June 25, 2009 after returning from rehearsals just days before the planned start of 50 London concerts. Continued...