Defense attempts to downplay Jackson’s celebrity, earning potential

AEG executive: ‘Celine Dion bigger than MJ’

CNN News Wire | 7/26/2013, midnight
Michael Jackson announces his new concert series "This Is It" in London on March 5, 2009. CNN

Jackson lead lawyer Brian Panish noted that 98,000 people were in the Rose Bowl seats when Jackson performed the halftime show for Super Bowl 27 in 1993.

Meglin also contested Erk’s suggestion that Jackson would have taken his tour to India for at least three shows.

“Nobody goes to India,” he said. He later acknowledged that Jackson performed there during his HIStory tour.

“It’s not a very big market,” Meglin said of India, which is home to about 1.25 billion people.

Meglin also disagreed with what one of his superiors, AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips, wrote in an e-mail that there was enough demand in England alone to sell out more that 200 Jackson shows. “He believed that,” Meglin testified. “I don’t believe that.”

Fans bought all 750,000 tickets put on sale for 31 shows in March 2009 in just two hours, Phillips said. Enough buyers were already registered to sell out another 100 shows, Phillips wrote.

Meglin also disagreed with Phillips’ opinion that Jackson was the biggest entertainment artist ever.

“I do myself personally believe that that is not true,” Meglin testified Wednesday. “In my opinion Celine Dion is right up there with Michael Jackson and, to me, she is bigger.”

Alan Duke | CNN