A - Michael Jackson Needed Shrink For Shows, Says Stage Boss

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A stage manager helping to prepare MICHAEL JACKSON's ill-fated comeback shows warned organisers the Thriller legend would need psychiatric help to perform and said he would "fall on his a**" if he tried his trademark dance moves.

Jackson was preparing to undergo a gruelling 50-night run at London's O2 Arena in 2009 but died from an accidental drug overdose just weeks before the concerts were scheduled to begin.

His mother Katherine is pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit against bosses of AEG Live, alleging her son was not in a fit condition to undertake the run of concerts, and lawyers have produced an email showing there were concerns the pop superstar could not even perform his legendary dance routines.

Stage manager John Hougdahl revealed Jackson physically deteriorated "in front of my eyes" during eight weeks of rehearsals, and was in such poor shape mentally and physically that he would need a psychiatrist and a personal trainer in order to go through with the gigs.

In the email, read to jurors at the Los Angeles court hearing, Hougdahl wrote, "I have watched him deteriorate in front of my eyes over the last eight weeks. My laymen's degree tells me he needs a shrink to get mentally prepared to get on stage and then a trainer to get him in physical shape.

"He used to do multiple 360 spins back in April. He'd fall on his a** if he tried now."


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YANNI54

The only thing this is saying is a MJ or any man at 50 shouldn't be expected to perform 50 concerts by AEG and anybody else. I wouldn't expect Michael Jackson or anyone else to pretend that they are 20 again so that the likes of AEG could make millions of dollars. This is proof positive that AEG only wanted Michael Jackson's name because they knew this is the name that could bring forth sold out crowds which mean't millions of dollars for them, and as Ms Katherine has been saying all along, AEG never gave a damn about Michael mentally, emotionally and physically (healthwise). Their bottomline is like all business is to make money which is understandable, but businesses should ALWAYS take care of the their star or whatever or whomever their golden goose happen to be! MJ was only a golden goose to these people and as long as their hired hand Dr. Murray could get MJ on stage that is all they wanted. They knew MJ was is bad shape and now they don't want to be responsible for hiring the man who would abide by their rules which was "we don't care how you do it, but get him performing". God doesn't like ugly and what they were attempting to do to MJ was ugly, so God took MJ before any of those demons could make one red cent off of his back! RIP,MJ

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