For the fourth time, I had some good clean fun as a guest talking head on attorney Elizabeth Kelley’s “Celebrity Court Radio.” The link for playback is here; I start talking smack around the 21-minute mark, through the end of the 30-minute show.
Today’s topics: First, egregious emails obtained by The Los Angeles Times regarding the state of Michael Jackson’s health during prep for his ill-fated 50-show “This Is It” concert run at London’s O2 arena.
The show’s insurers are asking a judge to nullify a $17.5 million policy they say AEG got with false claims about Jackson’s health and readiness to perform, along with a wrongful-death suit by Jackson’s heirs that accuses AEG of pressuring MJ to carry on despite indications he was too weak.
In more than 250 pages of emails, AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips wrote to AEG President/CEO Tim Leiweke, such things as “MJ is locked in his room drunk and despondent” and “He is an emotionally paralyzed mess riddled with self loathing and doubt now that it is show time.” Ouch!
As I said to Kelley, “I don’t know when Michael Jackson is ever going to be able to rest in peace,” especially when the family is engaged in its own ugly battles… much less those against doctors, concert promoters and insurers. Can’t they all just get along? Clearly, the answer is an emphatic NO!
Topic two: Sheryl Crow, who was once engaged to cyclist Lance Armstrong, was called upon by federal investigators into the doping scandal that stripped him of multiple titles last month. Unfortunately, not a word on what she may have revealed. *