Kenny Ortega Testifies at Michael Jackson's Manslaughter Trial

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The manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s former personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray began yesterday and choreographer and director Kenny Ortega took the stand. The 61-year-old Spanish-American recalled the demeanor of the deceased Jackson on June 19, 2009—just days before the singer died from a drug overdose. “My friend wasn't right,” Ortega said. “There was something going on that was deeply troubling me.”

Ortega, who was directing Jackson’s This Is It concert tour at the time, said the 50-year-old pop star seemed ill. The director decided to send an email message to Randy Phillips, the CEO of AEG Live, the show’s promoter. “There is no one taking responsibility, caring for him on a daily basis,” the email read. “I was feeding him, wrapping him in blankets… and calling his doctor.”

Kenny Ortega to Testify at Michael Jackson Manslaughter Trial

Ortega said he confronted Murray about the state of Jackson’s health and that Murray grew angry with him. “He said I should stop trying to be an amateur doctor and psychologist and be the director and leave Michael's health to him,” Ortega said. Prosecutors in the trial said that they plan to show that Murray acted with gross negligence as well as incompetence when administering a drug cocktail to Jackson. If found guilty, Murray faces four years in prison. ABC News reports that Jackson’s family was left in tears by the events of the trial.

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