CEO testifies about Jackson condition

LOS ANGELES – The head of the company promoting Michael Jackson’s ill-fated comeback concerts told jurors Thursday that he never consulted a mental health professional to help the singer despite two high-level show workers suggesting it was necessary.

AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips testified about emails he sent and received in the week before Jackson’s death, including a production manager’s characterization that the entertainer’s condition was “deteriorating.”

Phillips is testifying in a negligent hiring case filed by Jackson’s mother against AEG Live LLC, claiming the company failed to properly investigate the doctor convicted of giving her son a lethal dose of an anesthetic.

Her lawyers also contend that Phillips and AEG Live executives ignored signs of Jackson’s poor health and pushed the entertainer to perform.