Promoter plotted out worldwide tour for Jackson

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 17 at 7:05 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Documents displayed for a jury show the promoter of Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts contemplated a worldwide tour for the entertainer in the year before his death.

A possible touring schedule drafted in September 2008 included shows in Europe, India, Australia and the United States.

It was prepared by a top AEG Live LLC executive trying to coax Jackson back on stage for the first time in more than a decade.

An accounting expert testifying for Jackson's mother in a negligent hiring case against AEG says he relied on its projections when he estimated the entertainer could have earned more than $1 billion if he didn't die in June 2009.

AEG has disputed the figures prepared by Arthur Erk, a certified public accountant.

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