By Jon Wiederhorn
The Jackson family suit against AEG Live just keeps getting stranger and stranger. Yesterday, testimony from the spirit of Michael Jackson entered into the case, when the attorney for AEG called the company's CEO Randy Philips to the stand to testify that Jackson's ghost admitted he "accidentally killed himself," reported the New York Post.
During his testimony, Phillips said he talked to his longtime friend Brenda Richie (ex-wife of Lionel Richie), who claimed that she talked to a medium who had channeled the spirit of Jackson after he died in 2009. During the paranormal conversation, Jackson's ghost cleared Dr. Conrad Murray of any responsibility for his death.
"Brenda called me to tell me that she was in communications with Michael either through a medium or directly," Phillips said. "She said Michael told her that it wasn't Dr. Murray’s fault."
Some in the courtroom laughed during the testimony, reported the Post. Meanwhile, an attorney for the Jackson family objected, calling the testimony triple hearsay: Phillips was discussing a chat he had with Richie, who talked to a medium, who channeled Jackson’s ghost, who exonerated Murray.
However, to the surprise of many, LA County Superior Court Judge Yvette Paluzuelos allowed Phillips' comments to remain in the case.
The Jackson family is suing AEG Live, insisting the concert promoters knew Jackson was sick, but did nothing to help him because canceling scheduled concerts would have cost them millions.
AEG claims Murray alone was responsible for the overdose that killed Jackson, and that they were completely unaware that Jackson was mentally or physically ill.