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Kenny Ortega, the producer of Michael Jackson’s This Is It tour, was just dropped as a defendant in the wrongful death suit filed by Katherine Jackson.

Ortega, along with promoter AEG, Dr. Conrad Murray and others, was accused of making Jackson perform at any cost, and against better judgment.

But Katherine Jackson’s lawyer, Kevin Boyle, says that based on new info, the family “determined that Mr. Ortega should not be a defendant.”

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Kenny Ortega directed Michael’s posthumous This Is It documentary.

Ortega insisted that if anything, he tried to rein Jackson in and get him to rest, while Murray and others showed reckless disregard for the star’s health.

After making the announcement, Boyle added: “The Jackson Family apologizes for any discomfort or inconvenience this may have caused Mr. Ortega.”

“Inconvenience” may not be the word we’d choose if sued for the wrongful death of the greatest entertainer of all time, but it gets the point across.