Michael Jackson’s former doctor, Conrad Murray, asks not to be judged in new video
Published 25/06/2012 | 11:30
Conrad Murray asks not to be judged in a newly-released video clip shot before his imprisonment.
Michael Jackson’s former physician appeals to the public in the previously unseen footage, and claims he didn’t know the tragic singer was addicted to drugs.
Some of the statements he made during the emotional outburst were proven wrong in the trial that saw the medic convicted of Jackson’s involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in jail.
"No man, no woman, with the exception of an innocent child, is absolutely free of hidden skeletons," he says in the video posted on TMZ. "Therefore, next time you look in the mirror, before passing judgment or condemning someone, take a good look at yourself, and if you're not 100 per cent sure that when scrutinised no faults can be found, then you may have earned that right to criticise."
Murray also spoke of his relationship with Jackson, who died of acute Propofol intoxication three years ago today.
The former doctor said that despite their close friendship, the pop legend deceived him when it came to his use of medication. His claims that he wasn’t aware of the star’s dependence on prescription medicines - including the surgical anaesthetic Propofol - were contradicted in his manslaughter trial, during which Murray claimed he used drugs to wean Jackson off the medication.
"I can find no words satisfactory to summarise my affection for Michael. Despite our relationships and conversations, I am now made aware through recent media reporting that he failed to share with me any problems involving his alleged addictions with medications,” he says in the excerpt.
TMZ writes that Murray’s lawyers decided to “bury” the video because they thought it would portray him in an unfavourable light.
The clip is believed to have been filmed on the same day as Murray’s well-known "Do not worry" statement, which was the first public address he made after being named as a suspect in the Jackson case in August 2009.
He published the clip to thank his supporters and told them not to worry about him because he had “told the truth” and had faith that justice would prevail.