Dr. Conrad Murray Says Michael Jackson Was Deceptive About Medical History
A documentary, 'Michael Jackson and the Doctor: A Fatal Friendship,' is set to air on MSNBC tonight amid protest from the late King of Pop's estate. Murray was not paid for his participation in the doc, which filmed a week before Monday's verdict (Nov. 7). This separate doc airs on MSNBC on Friday and Monday. The Jackson estate has called it "reprehensible."
Murray also appeared on 'Today' on Nov. 10 and 11 to talk about his relationship with Jackson. Murray was accusatory when he explained why he did some of the questionable things he did, such as not calling 911 right away.
"I would hate to put blame on Michael as an individual," Dr. Murray said to 'Today' per Billboard. "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 deemed Jackson "deceptive" regarding his medical history and treatments he received from other physicians. He also made the blockbuster claim that it was not he who introduced Jackson to propofol and that Jackson was already on the drug when they met.
Murray also told 'Today' that he believed that Jackson was weaned off the drug three days before his death. He was asked why he may have left his patient in a position where he could have self-injected propofol, which his defense claimed, Murray said, "That was not a foreseeable situation."
Murray was also paid nearly $150,000 a month to be Jackson's personal physician. When asked why he didn't leave the singer's employ due to the propofol drama, Murray said, "I should have walked away. But if also I walked away, I would have abandoned a friend."