Michael Jackson's mother is suing the promoters of her late son's planned concert tour, saying they did not live up to promises to provide him proper physical care and negligently hired Dr. Conrad Murray as his personal physician.
The Jackson family matriarch filed the suit against AEG Live in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of herself and her son's three children. She is seeking unspecified damages.
The suit alleges AEG is responsible for the medical decisions made by Murray, who has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death.
AEG spokesman Michael Roth said company officials had not seen the lawsuit and had no immediate comment.
The London concert tour was canceled after Jackson's June 25, 2009, death at age 50. The suit portrays the singer as being "confused, easily frightened, unable to remember, obsessive and disoriented'' in the months before his death.
"He was cold and shivering during the summer rehearsals for his show, and as shown in photographs of him, he uncharacteristically wore heavy clothing during the rehearsals, while other dancers wore scant clothing and were perspiring from the heat,'' the suit states.
Rather than cut back on the rehearsal schedule so that Jackson could recuperate, AEG "insisted that he attend every rehearsal in a grueling schedule, threatening that if he missed even one more they would cancel the tour ...,'' his mother alleges.
AEG, "so that it could reap staggering profits from the tour,'' instructed Jackson to stop taking medication and that he be treated only by Murray, according to the complaint.
One of Jackson's sons, Michael Jr., "witnessed his father suffering and accordingly has suffered great trauma and severe emotional distress,'' the suit says.