Video: Conrad Murray: Michael Jackson 'entrapped' me
Published 10/11/2011 | 16:05
CONRAD Murray says he was betrayed by Michael Jackson who "entrapped" him into living in his home and providing continuous medical and emotional support.
In a documentary filmed during the trial of Jackson's physician, who was found guilty this week of involuntary manslaughter, Murray said he expected to act as a general family doctor but found himself enmeshed in the singer's scarred and claustrophobic life.
"Once I got in there I was entrapped," he said. "Through his most intense desire to have me there with him, it was interwinded (sic) with a degree of betrayal."
Murray recalled Jackson's desperate pleas for sleeping medication on the day of his death, saying the singer resembled the zombie character from the Thriller music video.
"He was basically hysterical," he said. "He begged and pleaded and said, 'please Dr Conrad, I need some milk so that I can get some sleep. If I don't get some sleep ... everything will go down the drain. He looked to me during that morning to be like the thriller. He looked that hysterical."
He defended the use of the surgical anaesthetic propofol to put Jackson to sleep, saying that the amount he gave the singer was "inconsequential". The coroner subsequently found that Jackson died of "acute propofol intoxication".
Breaking down in tears as he described the moment of the singer's death, he said: "I tried so hard. It was horrible ... I didn't want to lose him. I love him."
The documentary, filmed during the two years since Jackson's death, prompted a furious response from the executors of the singer's estate, who urged American broadcasters not to show it.
In a series of interviews, Murray discussed his close relationship with Jackson, who, he said, referred to him as his "one friend".
"He felt I was someone he could trust," he said. "All of his life he was searching for a friend. He had very close acquaintances – he spoke about Marlon Brando and his son, and Fred Astaire and Ginger – but friends he didn't have. He said of all my life I have found one friend, which is you, Dr Conrad."
Murray said he lived in Jackson's house and was the only non-family member permitted in all rooms, though Jackson's personal chamber remained off-limits.
The physician – who was introduced to Jackson by a security guard – said he helped to convince Jackson to clean his bedroom after discovering that the singer regularly wet his bed.
"I have seen him cry so many times. I told him it is OK to cry, it is OK, it is OK, Michael, you can cry ... What was done to him was far more than a beating by his father. He harmed Michael. It was so deep it would remove the world off its axis."
A jury on Monday convicted Murray of involuntary manslaughter. He is due to be sentenced later this month and faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison.