Prince Jackson: My dad cried in fear AEG would kill him
Prince Jackson gave heartbreaking testimony Wednesday, saying dad Michael Jackson was often in tears over the grueling AEG Live This Is It schedule.
Prince Jackson testified Wednesday with heartbreaking testimony in the Michael Jackson wrongful death case.
Prince, Michael Jackson's oldest child, told the court that his dad would often cry during the grueling preparation for his This Is It concert tour.
Prince explained that AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips would often have tense and even hostile conversations with Michael Jackson's staff and Michael himself. CNN reports the 16-year-old said his dad would often end phone calls with Phillips and cry.
"After he got off the phone [with Randy Phillips], he would cry," said Prince Jackson. "[Michael Jackson] would say, 'They're going to kill me. They're going to kill me.'"
AEG Live — the second-largest concert promoter in the world — is accused of negligently handling Michael Jackson's This Is It tour to such a reckless degree that their behavior indirectly caused Jackson's untimely death in 2009.
The prosecution's main theory is that AEG Live encouraged unsafe medical and rehearsal practices for the sake of the profitability of the comeback concert series.
Prince Jackson went on to describe a heated conversation between Dr. Conrad Murray and Randy Phillips the night before Michael Jackson died in which Phillips grabbed Murray and shook him hard. "He was grabbing his elbow," said Prince. "It looked aggressive to me. He was grabbing by the back of the elbow and they were really close and he was making hand motions."
Prince testified that Phillips often visited Jackson's Los Angeles home. Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted of manslaughter in November 2011 for the death of Michael Jackson but continues to reach out to the Jackson kids, despite their resistance.