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Just last week Dr. Conrad Murray was in the news again, discussing his very intimate relationship with Michael Jackson. We knew when reading the interview, though we were hanging on every word, that Murray had taken things too far. Sure, it seemed he was trying to clear his name and express just how close he and Michael really were during the last days of his life but he also revealed many of the secrets Jackson went through great pains to keep private. After catching wind of Murray’s comments, Jackson’s estate sent a notice, via e-mail and the postal service telling Murray not only were his comments cowardly and untimely, they violate the doctor-patient confidentiality laws. They warned that if he continues speaking out about Jackson he will face legal consequences.
In a notice, obtained by TMZ, sent to Murray via e-mail and U.S. mail, the estate writes:
“Your recent comments to the media about Mr. Jackson’s medical treatment and ultimate death shamefully violate the physician-patient privilege under California law. Despite your self-serving statements to the contrary, you clearly were not Michael Jackson’s “friend.”"
“It is beyond ironic and cowardly that after electing not to testify before the jury that convicted you, you are now trying to publicly defend your conduct by sharing supposed conversations you had with Michael Jackson and alleged details about Mr. Jackson’s medical condition and treatment.”
“If you continue to violate the oath you took when you were physician and persist in revealing privileged information (much of which appears fabricated) about Michael Jackson, the Estate will take all necessary and permissible legal action, which will include a lawsuit seeking to enjoin you from disclosing confidential information about Mr. Jackson in any future memoir or book (which you are reportedly attempting to shop.)
What did you think of Dr. Murray’s interview? Is the estate right to threaten him like this?
“I Held His Pen!s Every Night” Conrad Murray Talks Michael Jackson’s Sexuality, Kids, Plastic Nose & More
Over the weekend, we reported that Conrad Murray claimed, once again, that he didn’t kill Michael Jackson, that Michael accidentally killed himself. Murray has been saying this for years now. But this particular interview with The Mail, Murray had faaaaaar more than that to say. In the lengthy interview, Murray attempts to “clear” his name by describing the friendship he and Michael shared. And because the two were so close for the icon’s final years and Michael trusted him, he was privy to some of the most intimate details of Jackson’s life. And I do mean in-tim-ate. This interview answers many of the questions we’ve had about Michael Jackson for decades now, including why he was so adamant about bleaching his skin, the biology of his children, his sexuality and the abuse Jackson had suffered at the hands of his family and others he had once trusted. You can check out some of the highlights below.
Michael’s drug use
Murray says that when he initially went to work for Michael in 2006, he was already using propofol. When he came to his home to help him prepare for his comeback tour, he realized that Michael had a personal stash of the drug which Murray did not supply.
He told me there were doctors in Germany that gave it to him. I didn’t agree with this at all, but Michael wasn’t the kind of man you can say no to. He would always find a way.
So I acquired propofol and gave it to him over a two-and-a-half month period as I weaned him off it, which I finally achieved three days before he died.
I would never have recommended propofol to Michael.
But when I got there he was on it – he called it “milk” – and he needed to get off it. I wanted to help my friend.
How he and Michael were able to develop such a close friendship.
He liked me because I wasn’t starstruck. The children loved me. We shared similar backgrounds.
He had a very unhappy childhood and was beaten and abused by his father. I came from poverty and didn’t meet my father until I was 25. We were both forgotten little boys.
Michael had a lot of lingering pain. He would sing the song The Little Boy Who Santa Claus Forgot to me and say, ‘That’s our song.’
I protected him. I am only speaking now because I have been unfairly vilified.
He told me he believed he had been sexually assaulted by one doctor while he had been under sedation. You name it, he had experienced it.
The prediction Michael made that came true in a very tragic way.
You know, for the rest of your life and my life our names will become inseparable.
I asked him, “Michael, what do you mean?” and he smiled and said, I am clairvoyant.
Murray said Michael craved porcelain skin and he helped apply the cream he used. He rubbed it on Jackson’s back.
He transformed himself because he wanted to obscure where he came from. He wanted to look different from his family. He wanted porcelain, flawless skin. Those were his words.
More quotes about Michael’s children, his sexuality and the plastic nose on the following pages.
There is really something to be said for knowing when to humble yourself and be quiet. It is clear, however, that Conrad Murray has not learned that lesson.
In his first interview since being released from prison, Conrad Murray opens up to The Daily Mail about life with Michael Jackson. He says things got very crazy towards the end, but he was not responsible:
“He was in crisis at the end of his life, filled with panic and misery … By the end, Michael Jackson was a broken man. I tried to protect him but instead I was brought down with him.”
Murray says MJ was so paranoid that he wouldn’t allow housekeepers to clean his underwear because he thought they would sell them. Yes, well, drugs will make you think a lot of things that would rarely cross your mind if you were sober.
Murray says that he was only trying to protect Michael but was taken down with him. In fact, he says they were very close friends. How close, ask?
I held his private part every night to fit a catheter because he was incontinent at night.”
Yeah. Moving on.
In the end, Conrad Murray says he didn’t kill Michael Jackson but rather, Michael accidentally killed himself.
You know, the only real truth is that no one will ever know what really happened. It’s no secret that Michael had bouts of paranoia. But we also know that Conrad Murray isn’t the most trustworthy person.
No matter the “truth,” it is about time for everyone to stop doing interviews about this and keep whatever they know to themselves.
After being released from jail this week, Conrad Murray shared some very interesting thoughts for this first time as a free man on why he thinks Michael Jackson, of all people, would be “appalled” by the way he’s been treated by the singer’s fans and the justice system. Why? Because Conrad Murray says that Michael knows the truth, which is that Murray didn’t hurt him. Here’s what he had to say after being questioned by TMZ on what he would say to Jackson fans who blame him for the King of Pop’s death:
“First of all, I loved Michael very much, and I’m a fan of Michael probably more than most. And I was closest to him…especially in the last days of his life.
He would be appalled, absolutely appalled. I think he’d be stunned to see what has happened to me.
And to all the fans who have judged me the way that they have, I think that Michael would basically tell them to take a look in the mirror. Not that he doesn’t care about them, but I don’t think he would say that you should judge lest ye be judged. Michael knows the truth. I never harmed him. Michael loves me no less than he loved me then, and I know he loves me today, like I love him. He was a man of love like I am a man of love, and I’ll continue to give love. And for all of those who try to fester hate in their hearts? I’m not going to go there. I don’t need to do that. I will give love, I will give respect and I will remain dignified. And I would like to represent him as he should be represented.”
There are actually a large number of people who say that Conrad Murray shouldn’t have gone to jail in the death of Jackson, but rather, just had his medical license stripped. And then there are a large number of people who call him a murderer. Clearly Michael Jackson had a problem and Murray didn’t help him get the help he needed, but just enabled him (like many other people in Jackson’s life), but he’s served his time and is ready to get back to his life, which, as he says, includes giving a lot of love despite the hate that comes his way. What do you think of his comments?
Well ladies and gents, the man responsible for contributing to the death of music icon, Michael Jackson, is officially a free man. According to TMZ, Conrad Murry was released from prison at 12:01 this morning, after serving a two-year prison sentence.
If you recall, Conrad has been locked up since November 2011 after he was convicted of manslaughter. Sources from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department say that instead of making a dramatic exit from the prison and taking advantage of the photo opps that awaited, Conrad snuck out of the back entrance to avoid the photographers who eagerly awaited his departure outside.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering what Conrad will be doing with his time now that he’s a free man and all, we hear that he’s trying to get his medical license back. This of course, isn’t exactly surprising. Just last month, after a jury ruled in favor of AEG in M.J.’s wrongful death suit, audio leaked of Conrad praising God, as if AEG’s verdict somehow proved that he was innocent.
“Lord, today you have vindicated my image. Today, you told the world, contrary to the tainted portrayal of me, I have never been and never will be an inept physician. This has always been a frivolous and unjust lawsuit. This time, there is justice. This time, the jury got it right. Thank you Lord,” he says in the message.
Though Conrad has served his debt to society, as to be expected, fans are still pretty livid over what went down. In addition to a gang of photographers, a crowd of hecklers also waited outside of the prison for Conrad to make en exit. But when he snuck out of the back exit, they decided to direct their insults at his attorney, Valerie Wass, instead.
“He’s an incompetent doctor, just like you’re an incompetent lawyer,” one fan says.
At one point, Valerie got so frustrated with the hecklers that she even resorted to arguing with them.
Peep the footage below.
Jury Rules In Favor Of AEG In Michael Jackson Death Suit, Delusional Conrad Murray Feels ‘Vindicated’
After a rather lengthy trial, a jury has found that concert promoter AEG was not negligent in hiring Conrad Murray, the physician who administered a fatal overdose of anesthesia to Michael Jackson, CBS News reports.
The unanimous verdict, which came after five months of extensive testimonies, three days of closing arguments and seven days of deliberations, was a huge blow to the Jackson family. The jury foreman revealed that the verdict was contingent upon one thing. Although AEG did hire Conrad, he was both fit and competent to treat Michael at hiring. This ultimately caused them to rule that AEG did not act negligently. However, the jury foreman revealed that this ruling does not mean that he and his cohorts necessarily agreed with the ethics of it all.
“That doesn’t mean we felt he was ethical. Had that question been in there, it could have been a different outset,” he said during a news conference.
AEG argued that Michael was actually responsible for his own death, as it was his decision to hire Conrad as his full time physician. Even more bizarre, for some reason Conrad believes that the jury’s ruling somehow vindicates him! TMZ obtained audio from a message that Conrad left for someone shortly after the AEG verdict was announced, and well, he’s a lot more cooky than we all thought.
“Lord, today you have vindicated my image,” Conrad says in the message.
“Today, you told the world, contrary to the tainted portrayal of me, I have never been and never will be an inept physician. This has always been a frivolous and unjust lawsuit. This time, there is justice,” he continued.
“This time, the jury got it right. Thank you Lord,” he finally says.
Seriously? I can’t.
Listen to his delusional message here.
In 2011, Conrad Murray was sentenced to four years in prison after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson. Even at that time, not only were some questioning whether or not he deserved the jail time, but according to an article in the Los Angeles Times, it was predicted that Murray would probably be released from prison early, especially if the Los Angeles County Jail he was staying in reached capacity.
Well, they were right. Conrad Murray will get out of jail in October according to Radar Online, after only serving less than two years of his four-year sentence. But he’s not getting out early just because of overcrowding, but also because of good behavior. According to Radar, if he acts right in the next three months, nothing should stop him from walking out of the Los Angeles County Jail on October 28. And while we’re sure Murray is ecstatic about this news, reportedly, the late King of Pop’s mother, Katherine Jackson, is particularly hurt by the news, as is the whole family.
In a scoop picked up by the UK’s Daily Mirror, a source close to the family says they’re pissed and feel he should serve the full time for his crime:
“Murray is the killer of Michael in their eyes. He cost them their son and father.For him to get out in two years is an insult. They [the Jackson family] still feel he should have been tried for murder.”
In Random, Crazy Ish News… Chick-Fil-A PR Exec Dead and Conrad Murray Wants To Meet With Katherine Jackson
I know, those are two dramatically different situations going on, but that’s why this is considered random and crazy ish.
On the first note, in the midst of one of the biggest PR crises to hit Chick-Fil-A in recent years, the company’s vice president of public relations passed away suddenly from a heart attack this morning. Chick-fil-A released a statement saying:
“We are saddened to report the news to you that our dear friend Don Perry, vice president of public relations, passed away suddenly this morning.
“Don was a member of our Chick-fil-A family for nearly 29 years. He was a well-respected and well-liked media executive in the Atlanta and University of Georgia communities, and we will all miss him.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Although many factors play a role in one’s risk for a heart attack, it’s hard to not see the stress of defending Chick-Fil-A’s stance against gay marriage—which he had been doing repeatedly lately—as a possible contributing factor here. It’s definitely sad to think his job might have killed him.
On another note, for some reason Conrad Murray thinks that now is a good time for him to have a jail cell chit chat with Katherine Jackson. The doctor widely regarded as the man who killed Michael Jackson told CNN that he heard Katherine is “having a difficult time” (ya think?) and he’d like her to come to his jailhouse for a talk.
“I’ve been told that she has a desire to speak with me before she departs this life,” he said. “Seeing that she is up in age and in questionable health, and the fact that she is the mother of a very dear departed friend, it would give me great pleasure to sit with her one on one and answer any questions she might have.
“I do not want Mrs. Jackson to suffer. She remains as dear to me as my own mother, unbeknownst to her.”
Interesting timing, Dr. Murray. I’m pretty sure Katherine has enough fooolishness going on in her life without adding the complication of meeting with her son’s convicted killer to boot. He’s going to have to hold off on that reunion and he actually ought to be happy to stay as far away from the seemingly wacko Jackos right now anyway.
What do you think about the death of Chick-Fil-A’s exec and Conrad Murray’s request?
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Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced to four years in prison today, after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter earlier this month for the death of Michael Jackson.
Dr. Murray will serve his sentence behind the bars of a county jail rather than state prison, and already many are speculating he could be let out on early release if the county jail system reaches capacity, according to an article in the LA Times.
Still, many are feeling like justice has been served as best it can for the tragic death of the King of Pop June 25, 2009.
Are you happy with the outcome of the trial? Do you think four years is the appropriate sentence for Dr. Murray?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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