Michael Jackson comeback tour insurer wants policy voided
The insurer of a comeback tour Michael Jackson planned before his death wants a judge to nullify a $17.5 million policy that aimed to protect promoters if the King of Pop was unable to perform.
Jackson died at age 50 on June 25, 2009 after rehearsing for the series of concerts in the United Kingdom. He had signed a deal with AEG Live to perform in the shows, which were set to begin in July 2009.
Lloyd's of London recently sued AEG Live as well as Jackson's company and says the company failed to provide necessary medical information and details about the doctor charged in the singer's death, the Associated Press said. AEG Live has not commented on the matter.
Authorities say Jackson died of an overdose of a cocktail of prescription drugs and the anesthetic propofol, all of which were prescribed by Conrad Murray. In January, he pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the singer. Murray is set to stand trial in September.
The insurance policy was taken out to cover the cancellation or postponement of the London concerts if Jackson fell ill, had an accident or died.
Lloyd's of London's lawsuit says AEG failed to disclose to the insurers Jackson's medical history, which should have included "apparent prescription drug use and/or drug addiction." Lloyd's issued a non-appearance and concert cancellation policy in April 2009, following Jackson's death, the Associated Press said.
The insurer also states a medical exam of Jackson, as required by the policy, was never conducted, and that they should not have to pay out for the canceled shows.
Jackson's mother, Katherine, has in the past also pursued legal action against AEG Live. She accuses the company of helping to spur her son's death. AEG Live has denied any wrongdoing and has stated in the past that Jackson was the one who had chosen Murray to be his doctor.