'An emotionally paralysed mess': Emails have emerged showing that tour promoter AEG had serious doubts regarding Michael Jackson's ability to perform on his comeback tour
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'It is like there are two people there. One trying to hold on to what he was and still can be and not wanting us to quit him, the other in this weakened and troubled state,' Ortega added. 'I believe we need professional guidance in this matter.'
A subsequent visit to Jackson's London hotel suite by Phillips confirmed the worst.
'MJ is locked in his room drunk and despondent,' he said in an email to AEG boss Tim Leiweke in Los Angeles. 'I [am] trying to sober him up.'
'I screamed at him so loud the walls are shaking,' Phillips said.
'He is an emotionally paralyzed mess riddled with self-loathing and doubt now that it is show time.' Publicly, however, AEG continued to project confidence with Leiweke telling a music industry symposium: 'The man is very sane, the man is very focused, the man is very healthy.'
The emails also show that despite his concern for Jackson, Phillips resisted the request for immediate psychiatric intervention by Ortega.
'It is critical that neither you, me or anyone around this show become amateur psychiatrists or physicians,' Phillips wrote to him.
He added that Conrad Murray, the doctor Jackson insisted AEG hire as his personal physician at $150,000 a month, was confident the singer was ready.
Murray, who was deep in debt and in danger of losing his home, was described as Philips as being: '... extremely successful (we check everyone out) and does not need this gig so he [is] totally unbiased and ethical.'
The doctor, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter of Jackson last year and was sentenced to four years in prison, was in fact giving the star nightly doses of propofol, a powerful surgical anesthetic, for his chronic insomnia, according to police.
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'Michael's death is a terrible tragedy, but life must go on,' Phillips wrote to a concert business colleague after the star's passing. 'AEG will make a fortune from merch sales, ticket retention, the touring exhibition and the film/dvd...I still wish he was here!' he added.
Cash cow: AEG has managed to gross more than $260 miilion from the documentary DVD This Is It