Witness: AEG spent $24 million on Jackson concerts

File - In this March 5, 2009 file photo, US singer Michael Jackson announces at a press conference that he is set to play ten live concerts at the London O2 Arena in July 2009. Jurors hearing Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit against AEG Live heard from a pair of defense witnesses who gave varying assessments of Jackson’s health as he rehearsed for the “This Is It” show. The testimony in a Los Angeles courtroom by choreographers Stacy Walker and Travis Payne on May 13-14, 2013, was the only evidence in the trial’s third week that focused on the pop superstar. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An accounting executive for AEG Live LLC says the company spent $24 million producing Michael Jackson’s ill-fated “This Is It” concerts.

Julie Hollander told a jury hearing a lawsuit filed by Jackson’s mother against AEG that the tally involved expenses compiled through October 2009, roughly three months after the death of the pop star.

Budget documents shown Monday in the Los Angeles courtroom show the production was more than $2 million over budget, and that AEG made no payments to Conrad Murray, the physician later convicted of causing Jackson’s death.

AEG budgeted $150,000 a month for Murray’s treatment of Jackson as the concerts approached, but Jackson died of an anesthetic overdose before he signed Murray’s agreement.

Hollander has testified that Jackson was responsible for 95 percent of production expenses if his comeback shows were canceled.


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