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AEG Denies Hiring Michael Jackson's Doctor

AEG attorneys made closing arguments Wednesday in the long-running wrongful death trial.

Closing arguments continued Wednesday in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against the late King of Pop's concert promoter.

Marvin Putnam, attorney for AEG Live, told jurors in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom that his client did not hire Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, and is therefore, not responsible for his death.

Jackson died in 2009 from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol. At the time, the 50-year-old entertainer was rehearsing for his sold-out comeback tour.

The lawsuit filed by Jackson's mother and his three children alleges AEG Live negligently hired Murray and failed to adequately supervise him.

Jackson family attorney Brian Panish told jurors in his closing arguments earlier this week that the concert promoter should pay damages exceeding hundreds of millions of dollars.

Closing arguments are expected to wrap-up on Thursday.


The Jacksons should win easily the trial

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