By Jon Wiederhorn
In the latest bizarre development in the Michael Jackson civil trial against the entertainment production company AEG Live, Sharon Osbourne has been subpoenaed to testify.
Osbourne revealed yesterday that she had been served papers to appear as a witness and said on her TV show "The Talk," "What do you do? You do your duty. Somebody asks you to come to court, you are subpoenaed and you do your duty."
In a previous statement, Osbourne said she might have evidence that supports Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson’s claim that AEG Live, which was booking the 50-date London residency Jackson was rehearsing for at the time of his death, displayed negligence by hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to care for Jackson. The "King of Pop" died from acute Propofol intoxication in June 25, 2009."There were certain people that worked at that company [AEG Live] that knew that Michael Jackson was not well and didn't care because it was business," said Osbourne. "And, at the end of the day, whether he performed or he didn't, they would still make money, and I've had conversations with certain people at that company who have said exactly that to me. If they would like me to go to court, the Jackson family, I will stand up and tell you who said that to me."
Yesterday, a Los Angeles police detective testified that Murray was not honest with police who interviewed him immediately after Jackson’s death. The LA Times has reported that Detective Orlando Martinez said that Murray told him and two attorneys that Jackson’s death was "accidental or natural."
Martinez added that when he started looking into Murray’s finances and discovered the doctor was in monetary ruin – owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax liens, child support, and other debts -- he began to question whether "financial gain" played a role in Jackson’s death.
AEG argues that Jackson employed Murray directly and that the $150,000 a month the company agreed to pay the doctor was merely an advance of money they would pay him for the "This is It" concert run in London.