A lawyer for Michael Jackson's mother Katherine claims he has a "smoking gun" email in her wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live.

According to CNN, AEG Live co-CEO Paul Gongaware wrote an email saying the company wanted to use the $150,000 monthly salary of Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, to pressure him into letting Jackson rehearse despite medical concerns.

"We want to remind (Murray) that it is AEG, not MJ, who is paying his salary," CNN quotes Gongaware as writing. "We want to remind him what is expected of him."

The email was sent less than two weeks before Jackson died on June 25, 2009. CNN didn't report who the email's recipient was.

Murray is serving a prison term for involuntary manslaughter connected to Jackson's death. AEG Live has reportedly argued it isn't liable for Jackson's death because Murray didn't work for the company.

D'oh.

Katherine Jackson seeks money equaling what Jackson might have earned over his lifetime if he hadn't died, which could total several billion dollars. Previously disclosed emails from AEG executives show concerns about Jackson's health, according to Spin magazine.

A judge ruled last week that there was enough evidence for the Jackson lawsuit to merit a jury trial. The judge, however, dismissed all but one count in the civil trial.


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