Michael Jackson’s chef, Kai Chase testimony – Dr. Conrad Murray, Prince, prayer — Michael Jackson’s personal chef, Kai Chase, took the stand Thursday afternoon to talk about what she saw and heard in Mr. Jackson’s home during the course of her employment there and, in particular, on the day the entertainer died. On that day, she encountered Dr. Conrad Murray, Mr. Jackson’s children, and later also the other household staff whom she joined in a circle to pray.
On direct examination by Deputy District Attorney, Deborah Brazil, Kai Chase testified about her employment at Michael Jackson’s home. As his personal chef, it was her responsibility to prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner six days a week for Mr. Jackson and his three children Prince Jackson, Paris Jackson, and Blanket Jackson.
Ms. Chase would typically arrive between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., prepare a granola and almond milk breakfast for the children, then prepare Mr. Jackson’s breakfast right afterward if he did not eat with them. When asked, Ms. Chase said that Mr. Jackson would have breakfast with his children in the dining room on average about twice a week. The singer, she said, often ate the same granola and almond milk breakfast, or he would sometimes ask for an omelet or another food with “lots of vegetables in it.”
Mr. Jackson liked juices, she said — organic carrot or beet juice — or combinations of organic fruit and vegetable juices that Ms. Chase would mix up for him. For example, she said, she made a juice they called the “beet blast” drink “that he loved.” Sometimes, she would leave prepared meals in the refrigerator for Mr. Jackson if he did not come downstairs to eat, or she would leave a meal in a “to go” format so that he could take it to rehearsal with him and eat later. It was important to him, Ms. Chase testified, that he and his children ate healthy meals.
The day before Mr. Jackson died, Ms. Chase said she prepared a dinner of white bean Tuscan soup “to go” for him. The next day, she found the soup still in the refrigerator.
June 25, 2009:
On the day Mr. Jackson died, Ms. Chase arrived at her normal time at the Jackson home. Mr. Jackson did not have breakfast with his children that day nor send down word what he wanted. She fed the children as she normally did then went to the market to buy food. When she returned, she set about making lunch for the family. She said Mr. Jackson liked to have lunch each day promptly at 12:30 p.m., so she made lunch to be ready at that time unless otherwise notified. On that day, she was preparing a spinach cob salad with turkey breast for lunch.
Between 12:05 and 12:10 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2009, according to Ms. Chase, Dr. Conrad Murray came about half-way down the stairway with a demeanor she described as “frantic.” He yelled at her to “Get help. Get security. Get Prince.” She said that because Prince was within eyesight, she went to the den to get him. After she and Prince returned to Dr. Murray, she said she went back to work. She did not notice, she said, where Prince may have gone with the doctor.
Sometime later, she heard house staff in the foyer crying. She went out to join them, and all three children joined the group. They formed a prayer circle there in the foyer and prayed for Mr. Jackson.
Asked whether she ever gave interviews to the media or was paid for interviews about what she knew, Ms. Chase admitted to receiving about $7,000 total at $1,000 per interview for several international television appearances. She said on those shows she would talk about “the love and the food” that she was involved with at the Jackson home, then do a cooking segment. She gave interviews for no pay at all in the United States the summer of Mr. Jackson’s death to television programs such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, In Session, and Larry King Live.
The cross-examination of Kai Chase was performed by defense attorney, J. Michael Flanagan. Mr. Flanagan focused on the reason why Ms. Chase decided to summon young Prince Jackson (who was only 12 years old at the time) to help Dr. Murray instead of a security staff of adults that was based in a trailer outside the home. Ms. Chase said Prince was someone she could get hold of more quickly, since he was in view. “I did as I was told,” she said in summoning Prince Jackson.
Ms. Chase was excused from the witness stand, and then Judge Michael Pastor dismissed the jury for the day. The trial will resume Friday morning.
Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s physician, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the entertainer’s unexpected death on June 25, 2009. If convicted, the doctor could face up to four years in prison.
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