Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Lawsuit: AEG, Singer's Drug Use on Trial

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Michael Jackson's addiction to prescription drugs will be front and center in the wrongful death lawsuit against AEG, the trial for which begins today.

The late icon's mother, Katherine Jackson, and Michael's three minor children, Paris, Prince and Blanket, are suing AEG Live for its role in MJ's demise.

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Their case rests on the claim that the company negligently hired and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray, who killed MJ with a massive overdose of Propofol.

How is Jackson's history with prescription drugs central to the trial?

According to TMZ, Jackson had at least 19 aliases to score Rx drugs from physicians, and would "doctor shop" to find professionals who would accommodate him.

Doctors and some dentists would justify giving MJ Propofol, a hospital-grade anesthetic, by saying they needed to put him under for minor procedures.

In one case, a famed doctor used a gynecologist's office, run by a doc who specialized in vaginal rejuvenation, to secure the anesthesia on his behalf.

The Jackson family will argue AEG Live had a duty to monitor Murray for what he was doing, even if it means bringing attention to Michael's flaws.

AEG will counter that Jackson is the one who found Murray in the first place and that Murray gave him Propofol long before the ill-fated "This Is It" tour.

AEG has a slew of doctors on its witness list to make the case that MJ's addiction was long established, to the argument clearly has two sides.

Katherine and the children are asking for more than $40 BILLION in damages; AEG clearly feels it can take its chances in court rather than settling.

Stay tuned ...

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Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, with the best-selling album of all-time and more than a dozen massive hits. After years of physical... More »
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Michael Joseph Jackson