The Michael Jackson wrongful death trial is in full swing, and it looks like defendant/concert promoting giant AEG Live actually stands a chance of losing.
Michael's mother and his children's guardian, Katherine Jackson, have made a bold effort to convince a jury AEG Live was negligent, TMZ reports.
Randy Phillips, the head of the company, had trouble explaining why he thought MJ "looked really good" in a meeting just five days before his death.
A photograph of the entertainer taken a day before - June 19, 2009 - clearly showed otherwise, with a smiling Jackson looking noticeably gaunt and pale.
Kenny Ortega and others testifying that they were alarmed over MJ's health as AEG and Dr. Conrad Murray ignored them has also provd compelling.
In the days preceding his death, Jackson missed rehearsals and was sweating profusely. He also seemed out of it, saying "God keeps talking to me."
As for how Phillips reconciled his comment about Jackson with other evidence, he said, "I was confused as anybody." Not exactly a convincing argument.
Experts believed AEG would and could make the case that they felt Jackson being properly cared for by Murray, who MJ is said to have hand-picked.
In other words, the explanation that Jackson knew what he was getting into and AEG can't be held responsible for his recklessness seemed airtight.
Or not. Lawyers for Katherine Jackson and the children (Blanket, Prince and Paris Jackson) may have the upper hand in the trial up to this point.
They key: If a jury believes AEG unreasonably pushed Michael to perform when they knew he wasn't up for it, or if they ignored possible warning signs.
The family is seeking tens of BILLIONS of dollars in damages resulting from the death of Michael Jackson, which tragically occurred June 25, 2009.