Witness: AEG spent $24 million on Jackson concerts

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
An accounting executive for AEG Live LLC says the company spent $24 million producing Michael Jackson

FILE - This March 5, 2009 file photo shows singer Michael Jackson announcing his concerts at the London O2 Arena. Jackson's words and music rang through a courtroom once again on Monday, April 29, 2013, this time at the start of wrongful death trial, as a lawyer tried to show jurors the pop singer's loving relationship with his mother and children. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, file)

LOS ANGELES An accounting executive for AEG Live LLC says the company spent $24 million producing Michael Jackson's ill-fated "This Is It" concerts.

Julie Hollander told a jury hearing a lawsuit filed by Jackson's mother against AEG that the tally involved expenses compiled through October 2009, roughly three months after the death of the pop star.

Budget documents shown Monday in the Los Angeles courtroom show the production was more than $2 million over budget, and that AEG made no payments to Conrad Murray, the physician later convicted of causing Jackson's death.

AEG budgeted $150,000 a month for Murray's treatment of Jackson as the concerts approached, but Jackson died of an anesthetic overdose before he signed Murray's agreement.

Hollander has testified that Jackson was responsible for 95 percent of production expenses if his comeback shows were canceled.


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