Dr. Murray: ‘Jackson Should Have Told Me He Was An Addict’

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November 9, 2011 | 9:00pm EST

Michael Jackson’s disgraced doctor Conrad Murray has revealed he would not have left the King of Pop alone in his room with a stock of anaesthetic propofol if his patient had been more forthcoming about his past addictions.
Dr. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a Los Angeles court on Monday after a jury found him guilty of administering the drug that killed Jackson in 2009.

But, in a new interview taped last week that will air as part of news show Today on Thursday and Friday, the physician maintains his famous patient gave himself the anaesthetic while he stepped out of the singer’s bedroom to make a series of phone calls – because he could not get enough propofol to help him sleep.

Asked if he thought he was “right” to leave Jackson in a situation where he had the opportunity to inject himself with the anaesthetic by newswoman Savannah Guthrie, Murray says, “That was not a foreseeable situation… Had I known what I know today in retrospect that Mr. Jackson was an addict… Addicts may behave in a way that is unreasonable.”

In the interview, taped on 30 October, Dr. Murray insists he is not to blame for Jackson’s death, stating, “Nothing that I gave Michael should have ended his life.”

Murray is currently in custody awaiting sentencing on 29 November. He plans to appeal his conviction.

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