Jackson treatments raised alarm for AEG Live exec
FILE - In this July 2, 2009 file photo, AEG CEO Randy Phillips speaks to members of the media in Los Angeles. Phillips told jurors hearing a negligent hiring lawsuit filed against him and his company by Jackson’s mother that he did not believe the company was responsible for the King of Pop’s death and that he believed the case was a shakedown by the Jackson family during testimony on Tuesday June 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors in the Michael Jackson case were shown an email on Monday in which the top executive at AEG Live LLC expressed grave concerns about treatments Jackson was receiving from his longtime dermatologist.
The email sent by AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips said the company was "scared to death" of drug injections given to Jackson.
Phillips told jurors the email was a response to a $48,000 bill that Jackson's manager received for the treatments by Dr. Arnold Klein.
"He scares us to death because he is shooting him up with something," Phillips wrote.
The email was sent to Jackson's business manager Michael Kane after a meeting was held at the singer's house to address his health and missed rehearsals.
The treatments included numerous shots of cosmetic drugs such as Restalyne and botox, as well as other unidentified intramuscular shots, Phillips said, citing the bill.
Klein's attorney has defended the doctor's treatment of Jackson.
Katherine Jackson is suing AEG Live, claiming it failed to properly investigate her son's personal doctor, Conrad Murray, and missed warning signs about his failing health. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after giving Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol.
AEG denies any wrongdoing, and Phillips and other executives have testified during the trial that it would have been inappropriate to ask about or intervene in Jackson's medical care.
Earlier in the day, Phillips was told by a judge to answer questions posed by a lawyer for Katherine Jackson without arguing and that his demeanor might be hurting his case.
FILE - In this March 7, 2007 file photo, pop star Michael Jackson flashes a V-sign to Japanese media upon his arrival at Narita international airport, near Tokyo. Jurors in a negligent hiring lawsuit filed by Jackson’s mother against the promoters of her son’s comeback shows heard the company’s top executive testify on Thursday June 6, 2013, that he didn’t consult a mental health professional for the entertainer, despite the recommendations he do so from two high-level tour workers. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)
Jurors were sent from the courtroom before Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos addressed Phillips, who has sparred with attorney Brian Panish throughout his testimony. The lawyers have been repeatedly warned by the judge about the behavior.
"Arguing with the lawyers isn't really going to help," Palazuelos told Phillips. "It's not going to help your case. It's not going to help anybody."
Phillips said Panish was repeatedly asking him questions about the same subject.
"I'm just trying not to say the wrong thing," Phillips said.