Ortega, who raised concerns about Jackson’s health during rehearsals for the “This Is It” shows, has not yet testified in details about his interactions with the singer in his final months. Ortega will resume testifying on Tuesday afternoon.
The doctor, who now specializes in addiction medicine and works for concert promoters treating injuries to performers, said he relayed his concerns about Jackson’s painkiller use to Gongaware, then a “Dangerous” tour worker.
Gongaware is now a top AEG Live executives and a friend of Finkelstein, the physician said.
Finkelstein said he and Gongaware had five to 10 conversations in 2009 about working on Jackson’s “This Is It” shows. Finkelstein said he wanted $40,000 a month and was not hired.
Jackson died after Dr. Conrad Murray administered an overdose of the anesthetic propofol on June 25, 2009. Murray, who agreed to work on the “This Is It” shows for $150,000 a month, provided Jackson with propofol as a sleep aid.
AEG Live denies it hired Murray and says it bears no responsibility for Jackson’s death.
Finkelstein is the first medical professional who treated Jackson to testify in the case, now in its 11th week.
Last week, jurors heard from addiction medicine specialist Dr. Sidney Schnoll, a paid expert witness who said he did not see anything in Jackson’s medical history that indicated the singer was addicted to any medications. His analysis was based on medical records that dated back to the late 1990s, after the “Dangerous” tour.
Finkelstein said many of his records involving his “Dangerous” tour treatment of Jackson had been stolen.