Wednesday 21 March 2018

Final frantic moments of Jacko's life revealed

Assistant tells court of 'frantic' doctor's calls

Michael Jackson’s sister La Toya arriving yesterday for Dr Conrad Murray's trial in
connection with the death of the pop star
Michael Jackson’s sister La Toya arriving yesterday for Dr Conrad Murray's trial in connection with the death of the pop star
Michael Jackson's sister and brother Janet and Randy arrive at court
Jackson's parents Katherine and Joe

Nick Allen in Los Angeles

MICHAEL Jackon's personal assistant gave an emotional account in court yesterday of the frantic moments after the singer's death.

Michael Amir Williams said Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, left him a panicked sounding voice message saying "please call me" after finding his patient not breathing.

Mr Williams told the court he was in the shower and missed the call from Dr Murray, who denies a charge of involuntary manslaughter over the 50-year-old singer's death just after midnight on June 25, 2009.

The message said: "Call me right away, call me right away. Thank you."

Mr Williams phoned back two minutes later and, in a 35-second call, was told by Dr Murray: "Get here right away. Mr Jackson had a bad reaction. Get somebody here immediately."

He said Dr Murray did not asked him to phone the emergency services.

Mr Williams said he rushed to Jackson's home. He said: "When I got there they were beginning to bring the gurney down. It was real frantic."

He described Dr Murray as looking "frantic", adding: "I knew it was serious."

Mr Williams followed the ambulance in a car along with Jackson's three children Prince, Paris and Blanket, the court heard.

He said Dr Murray asked him at the hospital to take him back to Jackson's house to recover a cream that, the doctor said, Jackson would "not want the world to know about".

Mr Williams said he did not want to bring Dr Murray back to the house, and ordered security to "lock down" the premises.

In a search of Jackson's home after his death, police found two types of skin cream commonly used to treat vitiligo, a skin condition in which there is a loss of brown pigment, resulting in white patches.

Dr Murray is accused of administering a lethal dose of the anaesthetic propofol, and other sedatives, in an attempt to help Jackson sleep.

Earlier, Los Angeles Superior Court heard that Dr Murray had asked the promoters of Jackson's planned comeback tour for life-saving equipment to help him care for the singer, days before his death.

A lawyer who drew up a "contract of services" between Jackson, Dr Murray and the promoters AEG Live, said the request was for a portable CPR machine.

Kathy Jorrie, who works for the concert giant AEG Live, testified that she questioned some of the doctor's requests, which also included the possibility of hiring a second doctor to assist him.

She said she had been surprised by the request and the request for a CPR machine.

"He said that, given (Jackson's) age and the strenuous performance, he needed to be sure that if something went wrong he would have the machine," she said.

She added: "Dr Murray told me repeatedly Michael Jackson was perfectly healthy and in excellent condition."

The machine and extra doctor were not delivered because Jackson had not signed the contract before he died.

Ms Jorrie said she also passed on to Dr Murray a request from insurers to see Jackson's medical records.

The doctor told her there had been no major health issues so his medical records would be "tiny".


Ms Jorrie said she had spoken to Dr Murray the day before the singer died. Dr Murray told her he had watched Jackson rehearsing and that he looked "extraordinary".

Dr Murray asked for the CPR machine in case one wasn't available at the concert venue at London's O2 arena, Ms Jorrie explained.

Ms Jorrie also testified earlier about drafting a contract for Doctor Murray to work as Jackson's personal physician.

At one point in negotiations, the doctor had requested his contract be modified to allow him to hire another physician in case he was tired or unavailable while Jackson was performing in London, she testified.

"He wanted to make sure that there was somebody else available to be of assistance," Ms Jorrie told the court.

The trial was also told how the doctor had initially asked to be paid $5m (€3.7m) a year for working with with the superstar.

The trial continues. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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