Los Angeles: Conrad Murray, convicted of manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death, has said that the pop
icon kept him in the dark about his addiction problem.
Murray was Jackson’s personal physician at the time of his death in June 2009. Jackson died due to an overdose of anesthetic drug propofol.
In an interview to NBC’s Today show days before his conviction, the 58-year-old doctor said that Jackson lied to him about his medical history.
“Absolutely not. Did not have a clue. I would hate to put blame on Michael as an individual. I only wish maybe in our dealings with each other he would have been more forthcoming and honest. To tell me these things about himself,” Murray said.
When asked if he thought Jackson lied to him, Murray said, “Definitely. Certainly he was deceptive by not showing me his whole medical history, doctors he was seeing, treatments that he might have been receiving.”
Murray was convicted for supplying the insomnia-plagued Jackson with propofol to help him sleep as he rehearsed for his big comeback.
Jackson referred to the medicine as “milk” but the doctor says he was not the one who introduced the drug to the pop star.
“I cannot prevent Michael from seeing other doctors for whatever reason. I met Michael with propofol. This was not something I introduced to Michael,” Murray said defending himself.
When asked if he was the cause of Jackson’s death, Murray said, “No, I am not. I loved Michael too. I’m as much of a fan as any of the others. To be blamed for his death has not been an easy thing.”