Michael Jackson's estate is reportedly accusing some of music's biggest stars of illicit drug use. The allegations come as part of a lawsuit against following the King of Pop's death.
According to TMZ, AEG took out an insurance policy on Michael Jackson in case the singer could not perform on this "This Is It" tour. Jackson died on June 25, 2009, a few weeks before the tour was supposed to begin.
Now, according to Michael Jackson's family, Lloyds of London is refusing to pay the money owed under the insurance policy. Lloyds, meanwhile argued that the insurance claim was rejected because Jackson and AEG did not reveal that the singer abused drugs.
The Michael Jackson Company has now sued Lloyds over the insurance money. The MJC reportedly discovered that other big-name singers with drug addictions also took out policies with Lloyds. Now, MJC is hoping to discover if Lloyds rejected those artists' policies, as well. If not, the MJC will argue that Jackson was singled out for no reason.
But the big story here is the other musicians the MJC claims are addicted to drugs. All of them have been linked to drugs in the past, but it seems like MJC is further throwing these artists under the bus with these new abuse claims. Below are musicians that the MJC accused of drug abuse.
1) Britney Spears
Britney Spears is no stranger to drug rumors. Her first husband, Jason Alexander, told Sunday Mirror that she nearly overdosed on ecstasy before they got married. More recently, Spears' ex-friend, Sam Lutfi, told a jury that the singer shaved her head in 2007 to cover up her drug use. Lufti was in court after suing Spears for wages. He claimed he was never paid after working as her manager over a several month span, but Spears denied that she ever hired Lufti.
2) George Michael
George Michael has been relatively open about his drug use. In 2009, he admitted that he had been caught with crack cocaine and claimed that taking drugs was "just who I am." Indeed, the following year the former Wham! singer pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of drugs and possession of cannabis. The charges came after the artist crashed his car into a building.
3) Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen was also open about his drug use. The rocker told Esquire last year that he struggled with alcohol abuse for years and then switched to Klonopin after several attempts at rehab. But he swore in that interview that he was and would remain sober.
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is yet another rocker who admitted taking drugs. In February, the singer told 60 Minutes in Australia that the band spent $6 million on cocaine alone. He later told Howard Stern that drugs "got us through the '70s."
5) Kings Of Leon
Kings Of Leon revealed in 2007 that they partied hard and took drugs at the start of their career. They appeared to get clean and sober, but rumors circulated once again when the band canceled their American tour in 2011. Shortly after, sources said the band members wanted frontman Caleb Followill to enter rehab for alcohol abuse. But this summer, the singer claimed he is not an alcoholic and insisted he never went to rehab.
The first lead singer of AC/DC, Bon Scott, died of alcohol poisoning in 1980. Decades later, the band's drummer, Phil Rudd, was found guilty of marijuana possession, though he later won an appeal.
7) Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston died in February 2012 of drowning, heart disease and cocaine use. Traces of other drugs were also found in her system. Earlier this year, the singer's brother, Michael, admitted he was the one who first introduced her to illicit substances.