Michael’s personal assistant Michael Amir Williams, filed a class action against AEG Live LLC in Superior Court, claiming that the class of concert workers would have earned $7.5 million for the series of fifty concerts at the O2 Arena in London, making up the ‘This Is It’ tour.
AEG hired Michael’s physician, cardiologist Dr. Conrad Murray, after Michael “had problems keeping up with the pace of the tour’s rigorous schedule and physical demands,” the class says. AEG told the Associated Press that Murray negotiated a salary of $150,000 to travel with Michael to London.
For the final two months of Michael’s life, Murray prescribed the surgical anaesthetic Propofol to help him sleep. The Los Angeles County coroner ruled that the singer had died of acute Propofol intoxication, and roughly a year ago a California jury found Murray guilty of voluntary manslaughter.
According to the new class action, AEG “ignored” Murray’s “qualifications, experience, and medical specialty,” focusing instead “on cost and the benefits” the doctor could bring to the concert promoter, including “insurance coverage for tour and managing Michael Jackson so that he could meet all deadlines and timetables AEG set in place.” Those “acts and omissions brought about the demise of Michael Jackson,” the class says. The lawsuit seeks additional unspecified damages!
In addition to breach of contract, the class alleges breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. It is represented by Fletcher Bernard Brown of Mountain House, California.