The closing arguments in the Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit are expected to begin next week after the testimony portion of the trial concluded on Friday.
The trial regarding whether or not the promoters of Jackson’s planned comeback tour were negligent in hiring the doctor who ultimately caused the pop icons death has been a lengthy one, but is now moving into its final stages.
Closing arguments are expected to begin on Tuesday, with the case potentially going to jurors as early as next week.
Lawyers for the singer’s mother Katherine Jackson, who filed the suit, concluded testimony in the 21-week trial after hearing from Jackson’s longtime personal physician Dr. Allan Metzger and his attorney.
Metzger spoke of Jackson’s skin conditions, burns and other injuries that requires medical attention from a variety of doctors, and also described the singer’s generosity.
The King of Pop died in 2009 at his home ahead of his This Is It shows. Dr Conrad Murray was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter for administering and overdose of the anesthetic propofol, which Jackson took to help him sleep.
Metzger, who was close to the singer and was his best man in his marriage to Debbie Rowe, concede that the singer engaged in doctor shopping, but only took prescription medication to treat genuine pain.
“He needed it,” the doctor told the court. “He didn’t take it for joy.”
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Metzger was called as a witness by lawyers or both Katherine Jackson and promoters AEG Live. The promoters used the physician to testify about Jackson’s use of multiple doctors, while Jackson’s mother’s attorneys called him to remind the jury of the singer’s generosity and the pain he endured following having his scalp burnt in a Pepsi commercial in 1984.
Friday also saw Judge Yvette Palazuelos rule that the singer’s mother had been financially dependent on her son to some extent for the necessities of life, and as such is entitled to damages if jurors find AEG Live liable for her son’s death.
AEG Live maintain they are not responsible for hiring of Conrad Murray or the singer’s death.
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