Michael Jackson described as 'loopy' after doctor visits
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jackson appeared "a little loopy" after visits with his longtime dermatologist and was considering using a teleprompter to help him perform some of his songs during his ill-fated comeback concerts, a choreographer who worked one-on-one with the pop superstar told a jury on Tuesday.
Travis Payne said he expressed concerns to the director of the This Is It shows that Jackson might be misusing prescription medications and was exhibiting troubling signs of insomnia, weight loss and paranoia in his final days.
Some of the behaviour occurred after Jackson's visits with dermatologist Dr Arnold Klein, who Payne believed was performing cosmetic treatments on the singer so he would be comfortable performing onstage again.
"Sometimes in rehearsal, Michael would appear just a little loopy," Payne said, adding that the singer appeared to be "assisted or under the influence of something."