Promoters' e-mail: Concern over Jackson's stability
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Promoters of Michael Jackson's planned 2009 comeback described in e-mails how they feared for the megastar's stability, saying he was out of shape and consumed with self-doubt.
The Los Angeles Times obtained some 250 pages of messages, most between executives at Anschutz Entertainment Group, which was financing the ill-fated This Is It concerts set for London. Some of the e-mails indicated that executives were concerned that Jackson's planned 50-show stand at AEG's 02 Arena would be an expensive bust.
In one exchange AEG's Randy Phillips wrote his boss that Jackson was "an emotionally paralysed mess." Mr Phillips was writing from Jackson's London hotel suite just hours before a press conference announcing the concert run.
"MJ is locked in his room drunk and despondent," Mr Phillips said in an e-mail to AEG President Tim Leiweke. "I (am) trying to sober him up."