Payne, the choreographer, said he witnessed Jackson’s unusual behavior several times in the weeks before his death. The singer also appeared groggy during some morning sessions, Payne said, and Jackson occasionally complained he was having trouble sleeping.
Payne said he did not think that Jackson had a problem abusing prescription medications. He acknowledged that Jackson missed rehearsals and he saw the singer shivering or appear cold in some of his final rehearsals.
He told the jury he thought Jackson was thin, but told the jury he wasn’t aware of an email that AEG executives sent seeking to remove footage of Jackson rehearsing from the “This Is It” film in which he was described as looking like “skeletal.” The email was not displayed for the jury.
Payne told jurors he met Murray twice, but both encounters were brief.
He worked with Jackson beginning in the 1990s and testified that he never saw Jackson drink alcohol or take any medications. The singer also never discussed his medical treatments, Payne said.