Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine Jackson and children are suing concert promoter AEG Live over the singer’s death, TMZ reports.
Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, claims AEG breached its agreement to provide physical care and life-saving equipment for her son. She also alleges the company was negligent in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray as Jackson’s physician. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The lawsuit alleges Jackson was shivering and disoriented at his last rehearsal, PEOPLE reports:
“AEG had legal duties to Michael Jackson to treat him safely and to not put him in harm’s way. But AEG, despite its knowledge of Michael Jackson’s physical condition, breached those duties by putting its desire for massive profits from the tour over the health and safety of Michael Jackson,” says the lawsuit.
The suit also points the finger at AEG for hiring Dr. Murray without a full background check, claiming, “AEG did not provide a doctor who was truly looking out for Jackson’s well-being and did not provide equipment.” Mr. Murray has since been charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death.
In addition, the lawsuit includes a section about AEG causing emotional stress to Jackson’s son, Prince, who saw his father suffering and dying: “he was put in a position as bystander to these tragic events”.
CBS News reports an AEG spokesperson said the company hasn’t seen the suit and had no comment. The company has previously said Jackson died before signing an overall agreement with AEG–thus making the terms non-binding.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.