(CNS) A hair stylist and makeup artist who worked for 27 years with Michael Jackson testified today that she told a drug therapist after the pop star's "Dangerous" tour in the early 1990s that she worried that his use of pain killers could be fatal.
Taking the stand for the second day on behalf of the plaintiffs in the trial of the negligence and wrongful death lawsuit that Jackson's mother brought against entertainment giant AEG Live, Karen Faye said under cross-examination by defense attorney Marvin Putnam that Jackson went into a rehab program in England that was recommended by Elizabeth Taylor.
"I said I was afraid Michael could die," Faye said in recalling different stages of the "Dangerous" tour. "Personally, there were times when he was OK and times when I was worried."
Faye said on Thursday that Jackson stumbled in his dressing room during a stop in Singapore on the "Dangerous" tour. She said he was taking medication after surgery for scalp reduction to try and remove a bald spot left over from burns he received when special effects went awry in the 1984 filming of a Pepsi commercial.
Faye also testified on Thursday that Debbie Rowe, then the nurse for Jackson dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein, was present during the "Dangerous" tour with a bag of medications. Jackson would later marry and divorce Rowe. The couple had two children.
In other testimony today, Faye said she expressed her drug abuse concerns about Jackson's health with his oldest sister, Rebbie Jackson, after the woman reached out to her requesting information about the singer. Faye said she could not recall the time period when the conversation occurred.
She said she also had more abbreviated discussions about the same topic with another two of the singer's other siblings, LaToya Jackson and Randy Jackson.
Faye said that in later years Jackson's family members unsuccessfully tried to get him to return to rehab.
"I never knew them to be successful, sir," Faye told Putnam. "I'm sure they were trying to help him in any way the could."
Faye said she did not discuss Jackson's drug problem with him personally.
"I just avoided that issue like the plague, sir, the molestation and the drug areas," she told Putnam today.
Asked by Putnam if Jackson ever sought drugs from her, Faye replied affirmatively.
"He asked me one time if I had pain killers," Faye said. "I said no, I didn't."
Faye said she also became concerned during Jackson's 2005 trial and acquittal on molestation charges that he was using drugs again, saying she based her assumptions on his appearance and his demeanor. She said she got up early every morning to get Jackson ready for court.
She said Jackson told her he had extreme back pain, in large part because of a 1999 concert accident in Munich when a bridge prop on which he was standing unexpectedly descended into the orchestra pit. She said he was hospitalized for part of the molestation trial because of the back pain that likely dated from the Munich accident.
She said she decided again to avoid confronting Jackson about possible drug abuse.
"It was my job and my duty as a friend to make that time ... calm and peaceful," Faye said. "I didn't want to confront him with anything. No matter what he was doing, I could never blame him for that because of the pain."
AEG Live attorneys maintain that Jackson hired Dr. Conrad Murray in 2006 as his personal physician and chose him to be his doctor during his "This Is It Tour." Jackson was rehearsing for 50 sold-out tour dates in London at the time of his death on June 25, 2009 at age 50.
Lawyers for 82-year-old Katherine Jackson, who filed the lawsuit in 2010 on behalf of herself and her son's children, allege that AEG Live hired Murray and failed to supervise him properly.
Murray was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter for giving the singer the anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid and was sentenced to four years in jail.