It is reported that the family of a woman who died after being moved out of a trauma room, to accommodate Michael Jackson when he had his "flu like" symptoms, plans to sue both the hospital and Jackson.
Manuela Gomez Ruiz, 74, was transferred out of the main trauma room at the Marian Medical Centre in Santa Maria when Jackson was rushed in last week.
Her family claim that she was taken off a machine ventilator, and her breathing was instead assisted manually by a handpump.
It is reported that Mrs Ruiz was being treated after having a heart attack, but suffered two more that day before she died.
Her daughter-in-law, Anna Ruiz, told reporters that she saw Jackson come into the emergency unit. She said:
"He walked in...When I saw him, he was walking unassisted."
Mrs Ruiz's daughter, Maria Elena Ortiz, who was also in the hospital objected when her mother was moved.
The family claims that the chaos caused by Jackson's arrival distracted staff. They said equipment had to be crammed into the smaller room, and they were limited to two visitors at a time.
Jackson's publicist, Raymone Bain, has issued a statement saying:
"Michael Jackson sends his condolences to the family of the deceased...However, it is outrageous that Michael Jackson's name would be invoked into a situation of which he had no authority or control. It appears that ABC is deliberate in its attempt to circumvent Michael Jackson from receiving a fair trial."