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Director says Michael Jackson's behavior frightened him

by Heather Warlick Modified: July 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm •  Published: July 10, 2013
** ALTERNATE CROP ** In this June 23, 2009 handout photo provided by AEG, pop star Michael Jackson rehearses at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Jackson's longtime makeup artist and hair stylist, Karen Faye, told a Los Angeles jury on Friday, June 28, 2013, that the entertainer was more more engaged in his final two rehearsals, but she still had concerns that he was healthy enough to pull off the premiere of his "This Is It" shows. (AP Photo/Kevin Mazur, AEG/Getty Images)
** ALTERNATE CROP ** In this June 23, 2009 handout photo provided by AEG, pop star Michael Jackson rehearses at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Jackson's longtime makeup artist and hair stylist, Karen Faye, told a Los Angeles jury on Friday, June 28, 2013, that the entertainer was more more engaged in his final two rehearsals, but she still had concerns that he was healthy enough to pull off the premiere of his "This Is It" shows. (AP Photo/Kevin Mazur, AEG/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The director of Michael Jackson’s ill-fated comeback concerts has told a jury that he was frightened by the way the singer was acting at one of the final rehearsals.

Kenny Ortega testified on Wednesday that Jackson was cold, shivering and seemed lost at a session six days before the singer died in June 2009.

Ortega also said the singer appeared impaired during at least four rehearsals. Ortega said he was under the impression the behavior followed Jackson’s visits to doctors.

Ortega is testifying in a negligent hiring lawsuit filed by Jackson’s mother against concert giant AEG Live LLC.

She claims the company missed warning signs about her son’s health and failed to properly investigate the doctor later convicted of giving him an overdose of the anesthetic propofol.

AEG denies any wrongdoing.

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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