Transcript for Lawyer: AEG Tried to Talk Jackson Out of Hiring Conrad Murray
Now, to the michael jackson wrongful death trial. The defense making its closing arguments. Pointing the finger at the king of pop himself. Saying his own bad choices, not concert promoters aeg lied. David wright has more. Good morning, everybody. Reporter: More than $1 billion of his clients' money hang on his arguments. You've been asked to decide if aeg lied, killed michael jackson. Reporter: But if the lawyer defending concert promoter aeg against a wrongful death lawsuit felt the pressure, he didn't let on. Aeg live would never have agreed to finance this tour if it knew mr. Jackson was playing russian roulette every night in his bedroom. The attorney claimed that aeg never hired dr. Can rod murray. That murray was jackson's private doctor for years. Aeg live didn't hire him. On the contrary, they tried to talk mr. Jackson out of it. Reporter: On the incriminating e-mail in which paul gongaware, he wanted to remind murray, it's aeg, not jackson, paying his salary. He wanted to help mr. Jackson any way he could. Reporter: But they insist that the jacksons' demand for $1.5 billion in damages is outrageous. At the time he died, he was spending $20 million more per year than he earned. When he passed in 2009, he was well over $400 million in debt. Reporter: He said a more realistic sum reflecting the lost earnings, would be about $21 million or so. A lot of money, more money than most people will see in their lives. But that's nowhere close to $1.5 billion. Reporter: Today, the jacksons' lawyer get one more chance for rebuttal before the case finally goes to the jury. For "good morning america," david wright, abc news, los angeles.
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