Tuesday 26 November 2013, 12:02 | By Andy Malt
Conrad Murray “held Michael Jackson’s penis every night”, again denies causing singer’s death
Conrad Murray has again denied that he did anything that could have caused the death of Michael Jackson, this time in a new interview with The Mail.
As previously reported, Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011. The court ruled that his negligence in providing the surgical anaesthetic propofol as an insomnia cure brought about Jackson’s death in 2009. Murray was released from prison last month, two years into his four year sentence.
“I never gave Michael anything that would kill him”, Murray insists in the interview. “I loved him. I still do. I always will … By the end, Michael Jackson was a broken man. I tried to protect him but instead I was brought down with him”.
Murray maintains that he was attempting to wean Jackson off propofol in the weeks before his death, but that the singer had a private supply, and it was an overdose of that stash that killed him.
The doctor said that Jackson was already using the drug before he met him, adding: “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”.
Of course, if you’re a doctor there probably shouldn’t be anyone you can’t say no to. And despite having weaned the singer off the drug, on the night he died Murray claims that Jackson begged him for a shot of the medication, so he administered a small dose that he knew would wear off quickly. Then, the doctor explains: “I believe he woke up, got hold of his own stash of propofol and injected himself. He did it too quickly and went into cardiac arrest”. This was the theory put forward by Murray’s team at his trial, though the jury didn’t buy the explanation.
The lengthy interview also sees Murray explain how close he was to Jackson. One of the more unusual, some might say unnecessary, comments he makes in order to show this is this one: “[Jackson] wore dark trousers all the time because after he went to the toilet he would drip for hours. You want to know how close Michael and I were? I held his penis every night. I had to put a condom catheter on him because Michael dripped urine. He had a loss of sensation and was incontinent. Michael didn’t know how to put a condom on, so I had to do it for him. His room smelled terrible”.
Read the full interview if you like over on the Daily Mail website here.