Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Michael Jackson Hid His Dark Secrets. We'll Reveal the Ugly Stuff'; Defence Lawyer's Warning to Jury in [Pounds Sterling]26 Billion Action

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Michael Jackson Hid His Dark Secrets. We'll Reveal the Ugly Stuff'; Defence Lawyer's Warning to Jury in [Pounds Sterling]26 Billion Action

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Byline: David Gardner in Los Angeles David Gardner

MICHAEL JACKSON hid his "dark ugly" secrets from the outside world and his millions of fans, a court heard.

Lawyer Marvin Putnam said: "The truth is, Michael Jackson fooled everyone.

He made sure that no one, nobody, knew his deepest, darkest secrets."

Mr Putnam is defending concert promoters AEG Live which is being sued by the Jackson family for [pounds sterling]26.5 billion. They accuse the company of being partially responsible for the singer's death by pushing him to prepare for a comeback in London at the O2 Arena.

Warning the jury at Los Angeles superior court of what is to come in the wrongful death case, Mr Putnam said there was a public and a private side to the star. "We are going to show some ugly stuff," he said. "It's really true."

The star's mother Katherine and his children, Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket allege that the company should never have allowed Conrad Murray to be employed as his private doctor.

But Mr Putnam insisted the company could not have foreseen circumstances that led to the physician giving Jackson a fatal dose of the hospital anaesthetic Propofol to help him sleep. "He erected a wall between himself and his family.

Even his family wasn't sure what was going on at the house. He kept those who might have been able help him at a distance," said the lawyer.

He claimed that Jackson had been using Propofol for years to help him sleep "and almost no one knew".

"AEG, like everyone else, was an outsider," he said. "They had no idea. It was going on behind locked doors."

Jackson died of Propofol and Benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home in June 2009 at the age of 50.

Mr Putnam said Murray -- now serving a four-year sentence after being found guilty in 2011 of causing Jackson's death -- was the singer's choice. …

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